When: Thursday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m. CST
Site: Kohl Center, Madison, Wis.
Broadcasts: UPN live TV, Wisconsin Public Television tape-delayed; live radio WIBA AM 1310 and online at www.uwbadgers.com.
Series Notes: Iowa leads the all-time series 28-18.
After a rough road trip to Michigan last week that included losses to the Wolverines and Spartans, the Wisconsin women's basketball team returns to the comfort of the Kohl Center in hope of snapping its four-game loosing streak against Iowa.
In order to get the much-needed victory the Badgers will have to try and overcome the lethal Hawkeye offense. Their 73.6 points a game, 44.7 percent field goal 37.7 percent 3-point shooting puts them among the best in the Big Ten.
The Hawkeyes will find their scoring from their versatile "big three" who rank among the top ten in the conference for scoring. Junior center Jamie Cavey leads the way with 17.6 points per game while senior forward Jennie Lillis and senior guard Kristi Faulkner add 15.4 and 15.2 respectively.
"The triangle offense is one of the best in the country," UW coach Lisa Stone said. "Lisa Bluder does a great job teaching it…You know, Cavey has been doing great things, Lillis, Faulkner, they have an inside-outside group and some young freshmen that have competed with some of the best (teams) in the conference."
After going on a five game winning streak during January and the first game in February, the Hawkeyes have dropped their past two games. Ohio State came into the Carver-Hawkeye Arena Feb. 5 and handed them a 93-82 loss while Purdue also came onto Iowa's home court and took care of them 90-79 Tuesday.
One of those five-straight wins, though, was over Wisconsin. In that contest, the Badgers were scoreless for the first nine minutes as Iowa cruised to a 66-46 victory.
"Our start at Iowa the last time is certainly not one we want to remember," Stone said. "You can't go through two (media timeouts) without scoring. We have to put the ball in the net. We have to find ways to get easy baskets. We have to get more people involved offensively and take care of the basketball."
One player that has been involved a lot recently is sophomore guard Ashley Josephson. In last week's 72-42 loss at Michigan State, she competed the full 40 minutes and totaled 17 points. The Badgers also lost by a wide margin to Michigan, but again Josephson came to play, tallying 20 points in the 75-55 defeat.
"I could not be more pleased with the play of Ashley Josephson right now," Stone said. "She has taken her game to a new level. After the game (Sunday), I took her aside and said, ‘Ashley I can ask no more of you. You are giving me everything you can.' She is making tough shots and she is keeping us in the ball game. We are going to find her more shots. She has the green light to shoot it. She's on fire right now. She has taken her game from a freshman level to a senior level in one year. She is healthy, she is a competitor. She has bought in and she has given us everything she can."
Whether they win or loose, the Badgers will be rewarded with a bye weekend after their battle with the Hawkeyes. The Cardinal and Red next travel to Penn State Feb. 19.
- The Hawkeyes have been able to score seemingly at will this season. They have put up more than 90 points in three games.
- It is not often that Iowa's Lillis is not on the court. During her time as a Hawkeye she has only missed one game. She is also the lone Iowa player to score in double figures during every game this season.
- Both teams have problems controlling the ball. Iowa turns it over 19.4 times a game (the most in the Big Ten) compared to the Badgers' 17.4.
- While this is the second time Stone and Bluder have faced one another in the Big Ten, they are very familiar with one another. Stone took over for Blunder in 2000 as the head coach at Drake University.
- Iowa swept the season series last year, winning each game by 17 points.
- Wisconsin sophomore reserve forward Annie Nelson is questionable for the game against Iowa. After injuring her left knee in practice Feb. 3 she did not travel to Michigan for either game last week.