What: Wisconsin (6-7 overall, 1-3 Big Ten) v. Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne (5-9 overall)
When: Friday, Jan. 16 at 7:00 p.m. CST
Site: Kohl Center, Madison, Wis.
Broadcasts: Live radio broadcast on WIBA 1310 AM; www.uwbadgers.com will stream the game audio live.
Series Notes: First ever meeting
The Badgers suffered their worst loss of the season just eight days ago, falling 60-39 to Indiana in a game in which they shot just 24 percent. Sunday, though, Wisconsin responded, taking Penn State to the brink before falling 60-59. The momentum carried over to Tuesday, when the Badgers claimed their first Big Ten win of the season, 66-57, over Illinois.
"It was a speed bump and a nightmare, and it's over," Wisconsin coach Lisa Stone said of the Indiana loss. "Going into Penn State, in the back of my mind was ‘this is a test of what we're made of. How tough are we? Can we respond?' And we certainly did."
"We gained a lot of confidence from Penn State, took a huge step forward," sophomore forward Jordan Wilson said.
Wilson will remain in the starting lineup Friday after replacing center Emily Ashbaugh in the win over Illinois. It will be the third start of the season for Wilson, who started one game early this year in place of forward/center Lello Gebisa.
Both Wilson and Ashbaugh responded well to their new roles Tuesday. Wilson contributed five points, nine rebounds and solid defensive play against Illini center Cindy Dallas (14 points, 4-for-12 shooting), while Ashbaugh tallied 10 points and six rebounds.
"Her challenge to play against Cindy Dallas really inspired Jordan," Stone said. "She did a nice job defensively on her…and Emily responded with great confidence."
- The player to watch Friday is IPFW forward Amy Gearlds, who leads the Mastodons with an 18.9 points-per-game average. She is 40-for-113 from three-point range this season. The rest of the Mastodons are a mere 18-for-74.
- Badger forward Ebba Gebisa will almost certainly defend Gearlds, after doing a solid job against Penn State's Kelly Mazzante, Ohio State's Caity Matter and Illinois' Angelina Williams in recent contests. (see story) Against IPFW's small lineup, though, that will force one of Wisconsin's post players, most likely Jordan Wilson, to play along the perimeter with one of three IPFW guards.
- The Mastodons have struggled to take care of the ball this season, averaging 21.1 turnovers per game, compared to just 11.3 assists. Wisconsin has fared a little better, with 17.8 turnovers and 14.6 assists per contest.
- Opponents' have outscored IPFW on average 80-71 this season. By comparison, Wisconsin is trailing its opponents by an average margin of 61-58.