"I thought we did a nice job tonight," said Coach Pete Waite. "When we were down in Iowa, we won in four games against them and it was one of our goals to get it done in three (games) tonight. They are a tough team to play."
Sophomore Caity DuPont led all hitters as she had a career-high 16 kills in the match while sophomore Brittney Dolgner added 10 kills of her own. The Badgers, who played 14 of 15 players on their roster, got kills from seven players as they outhit the Hawkeyes 51-36 in kills. Wisconsin also hit .293 as a team, compared to .111 for Iowa. Laura Kremer and Aimee Huffman led the Hawkeyes with nine kills a piece.
"We had some different players step up tonight like Caity DuPont so that was nice to see," said Waite. "Early in the season she and Al Wack were going back and forth with court time and she has really stepped it up. Each week (Caity) has been on the court, she has gotten stronger and more confident out there so she has really earned it."
DuPont echoed Waite's thoughts on court time contributing to her level of play. "I think being in more does build my confidence and now when I get on the court I am not second guessing myself. I know what I am supposed to do and I know that I can do it; confidence is a big thing."
UW outdug (43-39) and narrowly outblocked Iowa (8-7). Wisconsin was strong on the service line as the Badgers recorded six service aces to Iowa's lone ace. With her two service aces, senior libero Jocelyn Wack recorded her 100th career service ace and moved into the 15th spot on UW's list of career service ace leaders. DuPont also added two aces for the Badgers.
Senior setter Jackie Simpson had 41 set assists as she ran UW's offense and Iowa's Kiley Fister had 32 in the match.
The Badgers return to action Saturday as they host Minnesota at 7 p.m. in their last regular-season match at the UW Field House. The 64-team field for the NCAA tournament will be announced on Sunday with the UW hoping to host first and second-round matches as well as an NCAA regional.
"(Tonight's match) was emotional for us as it was our last home match other than tomorrow and then hopefully the next four matches after that," said Jocelyn Wack. "(The fact that this is her last season) has not quite set in yet. We will just go into tomorrow pumped up and ready to play Minnesota; it is great playing them every time."
UW Hockey Back to its Winning Ways
BEMIDJI, Minn. - Six different Badgers each recorded goals and Jessie Vetter earned her sixth shutout of the season as the No. 2/3 Wisconsin women's hockey team defeated Bemidji State 7-0 Friday night at the John Glas Fieldhouse.
Senior Jinelle Zaugg led the way with a pair of goals while Alycia Matthews, Hilary Knight, Erika Lawler, Kelly Nash and Meghan Duggan tallied the remaining goals as the Badgers (10-4-1 overall, 6-2-1 WCHA) snapped a three-game losing streak.
Vetter made 13 saves in the game to notch her 21st career shutout. The win is the 40th of Vetter's career in just her 51st career game.
After going just 1-for-14 on the power play last weekend at New Hampshire, the Badgers responded by scoring on their first three opportunities on Friday. UW finished the game 3-for-7.
Goalie Emily Brookshaw made 37 saves in the losing effort for Bemidji State, which fell to 1-10-2 overall on the season and 0-8-1 in WCHA play.
Two-game Losing Streak Snapped in Malibu
The Badgers evened their record at 2-2 with a 74-57 win over the University of Mississippi (2-2) in the semifinals of the Pepperdine Tournament in Malibu, Calif. The Badgers will meet Texas-Arlington Saturday at either 3 p.m. CST in the championship final. UTA was a 64-54 winner over the host Waves.
Senior guard Jolene Anderson made what might have been a close game into a laugher Friday hitting three-straight 3-pointers to give the Badgers a definitive 33-14 lead with 5:59 left in the first half and put the Badgers in cruise control to the championship final.
Anderson's 3-pointers followed one by Lin Zastrow, who could not have found a better time to score her first collegiate points. The 6-4 freshman forward entered the game at the 15-minute mark of the first half after senior Danielle Ward got her second foul. Zastrow finished the half with seven points and seven rebounds. She had career-highs of 11 points and nine rebounds for the game.
Wisconsin took it at Ole Miss from the jump forcing nine early turnovers and collecting eight points off them while doubling up the score to lead 14-6 with 13:50 in the first. Mariah Dunham scored 10 of her 14 points in the first stanza and added eight rebounds. But it was Anderson who, although double-teamed, shook the Lady Rebels for 15 first half points and a game-high 19 points for the game. It is the 93rd game in 97 career games she has scored in double-figures. Janese Banks was the fourth double-figure scorer for the Badgers with 11.
The Badgers led 47-18 at the half, and ran up a 35-point lead, 58-23, with 15:44 left in the game. The Ole Miss press and Wisconsin's liberal subsitutions helped close the gap to in the second half to the final 17-point difference, 74-57. Kayla Melson led three Lady rebels with 16 points.
The Badgers held a season high 58 rebounds to 34, and held the opponent to 33.9 percent. This is the fourth time in the past five years the Badgers have played in the championship final of their Thanksgiving tournament.