Women's basketball hosts Wolverines

Wisconsin hopes that at least one team's road struggles continue

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What: Wisconsin (7-8 overall, 1-4 Big Ten) v. Michigan (9-9, 2-3)

When: Thursday, Jan. 22, 7 p.m. CST

Site: Kohl Center (17,142), Madison, Wis.

Broadcasts: Live radio broadcast on WIBA 1310 AM; www.uwbadgers.com will stream the game audio and video live; UPN 14 in Madison will televise the game live

Series Notes: Wisconsin leads all-time series 29-14. The Badgers have won four straight against the Wolverines and 11 straight at home.


Wisconsin and Michigan each suffered road woes in their last outings. The Badgers continued a trend of poor conference play away from the Kohl Center in a 66-46 loss at Iowa. Michigan, meanwhile, was embarrassed 67-33 at Michigan State. The Wolverines' leading scorer and the third-leading scorer in the Big Ten, center Jennifer Smith, was held to a season low seven points in the loss to the Spartans, more than 14 below her season average.


  • Wisconsin has been a dramatically different team at home in Big Ten play. The Badgers are 1-1 at the Kohl Center, averaging 62.5 points per contest while yielding 58.5. They are 0-3 on the road, however, allowing 63.7 points and scoring a paltry 43.7. Wisconsin's field goal percentage drops from 42 percent at home to 27 percent on the road. In only two conference home games, the Badgers have made almost as many field goals (46) as they have in three Big Ten road games (47).


  • The Wolverines are 6-2 at home (1-1 Big Ten) and 2-6 (1-2) on the road. They are also 1-1 on neutral sites.


  • Michigan's Tabitha Pool leads her team in rebounding (8.1 per game) and has five double-doubles this season, tied for second most in the conference. She has also hit at least two 3-point shots in five of her last seven games.


  • Wisconsin continues to rank at or near the bottom in every team offensive category. Guards Stephanie Rich and Ashley Josephson, however, are sixth and 12th respectively, in 3-point field goals made (30 and 21). Michigan, however, leads the conference in 3-point defense, holding opponents to 27 percent from beyond the arc.


  • Rich continues to lead the Big Ten in assists (6.7 per game) and is sixth in steals (2.3).


  • Each team is led by a coach in her first year at the school. Michigan coach Cheryl Burnett, like Wisconsin coach Lisa Stone, came to the Big Ten from the Missouri Valley Conference. In 15 years at Southwester Missouri State, Burnett accumulated a 319-136 record and made 10 trips to the NCAA Tournament.

Probable Starters

Wisconsin Ht Yr Pos PPG RPG APG
Stephanie Rich 5-11 Jr. G 11.0 4.9 6.7
Ashley Josephson 5-8 So. G 11.5 3.5 1.5
Lello Gebisa 6-7 Sr. C 10.0 7.0 1.7
Kjersten Bakke 5-11 So. F 2.0 3.0 0.3
Ebba Gebisa 6-3 Jr. F 6.3 3.7 1.5

Michigan Ht Yr Pos PPG RPG APG
Sierra Hauser-Price 5-7 Jr. G 3.5 2.2 1.6
Stephanie Gandy 5-11 Sr. G 11.6 3.3 1.9
Jennifer Smith 6-4 Sr. C 21.2 7.6 0.8
Niki Reams 6-0 So. G/F 5.3 5.3 2.3
Tabitha Pool 6-1 Jr. F 12.9 8.1 2.1

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