When: Sunday, Feb. 22 1:30 p.m. CST
Site: Kohl Center, Madison, Wis..
Broadcasts: Live broadcast on UPN and tape-delayed on Wisconsin Public Television WIBA radio 1310 and online at www.uwbadgers.com.
Series Notes: Indiana leads the all-time series 35-12.
After Thursday's 66-50 loss against No. 7 Penn State, the Wisconsin women's basketball team heads home to the Kohl Center and play host to the Indiana Hoosiers on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
Last time these two teams faced off, the Badgers experienced their worst offensive performance in school history. Wisconsin went just 11-for-46, shot a horrid 23.9 percent and tied a Big Ten record low 13 points in the first half.
"That was by far probably our lowest point of the season," UW head coach Lisa Stone said. "We just didn't show up, our team would be the first to tell you that. We need to break down their defense."
Hoosier sophomore guard Cyndi Valentin led all scorers in the victory with 22 points while junior forward Jenny DeMuth dropped a double-double with her 20 points and 12 rebounds.
Indiana will continue to rely on Valentin and DeMuth when they meet the Badgers. Valentin is still a threat offensively and is averaging 15.1 points a game. Wisconsin will also have to avoid fouling Valentin because her 91.1 percent free throw shooting is a Big Ten best.
DeMuth has also continued to stay consistent in her all-around game. She is averaging 18.2 points, 7.2 boards and 2.75 steals a contest. During Indiana's 65-52 victory over Michigan Thursday, her 23-point performance helped her become the 18th player in Indiana history to score more than 1,000 points.
"They have a tremendous guard corps," Stone said. "They have scorers mentality. Jenny is a great leader and a great defender as is Valentin. They're going to find DeMuth. I think DeMuth's greatest aspect is her ability to rebound. She is their leading rebounder and gets lots of put-backs. So we have to find them in transition and make their shots a lot more contested than they were the first time against us."
Besides DeMuth, the Hoosiers also get an inside presence from 6-foot-7 freshman center, Sarah McKay. She chips in an extra 5.8 boards a game.
Though Indiana has the ability to dominate on the glass, Wisconsin is still one of the best rebounding teams in the conference. The Badgers are out-rebounding their opponents by an average of 3.8 boards a game and are also grabbing 38.2 rebounds a game, which is second in the Big Ten.
Wisconsin could need a little extra help getting to their high rebounding marks against Indiana. The Badgers will have senior forward Lello Gebisa back but she is still nursing an injured her right ankle from the Badgers game against Iowa last week. She did not play against Penn State but her status is probable for the game Sunday.
While both teams have sub-par records, UW junior guard Stephanie Rich still knows that it will be a battle to the finish.
"Last time we played them it was early on in the season and they just took it to us," Rich said. "And we just need to step it up. Rebounds were a key issue… it's payback."
After the Badgers take on the Hoosiers it is off to Illinois Thursday for their final away game of the regular season.
- Indiana coach Kathi Bennett is the daughter of former Wisconsin men's basketball coach Dick Bennett. Kathi is no stranger to Wisconsin or the coaching style of Stone. When Stone was with UW-Eau Claire, Kathi faced her during her time at UW-Oshkosh.
- Wisconsin is 10-11 against the Hoosiers in the Kohl Center.
- Sophomore reserve forward Annie Nelson returned to the floor Thursday against Penn State. She tallied four points in 15 minutes of playing time after coming off a left knee injury. Freshman guard Kandace Evans will also return after serving her one-game suspension for a violation of team rules.
- Sophomore guard Ashley Josephson and Rich are the only two Badgers that have started every game this season.
- The Badgers still have not won a game away from the Kohl Center and are riding a six-game loosing streak.
- Before Indiana's victory on Thursday, they had dropped seven straight games.