Pregame Glance WBB: Wisconsin

Written February 1st, 2014 by Ken

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The Ohio State Buckeyes (14-10, 4-4) trek to the challenging environment of The Kohl Center to square off against the Wisconsin Badgers (9-11, 2-6) a day after the men’s team made the same trip. The Buckeyes are coming off a blistering of Illinois 90-64 while the Badgers lost a close game to the Spartans 71-67.

Here’s their Profile

  • School: University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Location: Madison, WI
  • Founded: 1848
  • Student Population: 30,863
  • School Type: Public, coed
  • Division: D-I
  • Conference: Big Ten Conference
  • Arena: The Kohl Center
  • Seating: 17,230
  • Built: 1998
  • Head Coach: Bobby Kelsey
  • Year: 3rd

University of Wisconsin

Wisconsin is currently on a 4-game losing streak and at this point in the season are at a similar point as they were last year (12-19) and a bit better than the previous season (9-20), so it appears that Coach Kelsey is making some progress in Madison.

Wisconsin uses a 3G/2F lineup, with Morgan Paige (5’9”), Taylor Wurtz (6’0”) and Dakota Whyte (5’8”) at the guards and the forwards are Michala Johnson (6’3”) and Jacki Gulczynski (6’1”) at forward.. First player off the bench is 5’10” guard Nicole Bauman (5.9 ppg).

Here are the Wisconsin Badgers:

No Player Pos. Hgt FG% 3PT% FT% R/G A/G PPG
25 Michala Johnson F/C 6’3″ 0.548 - 0.590 7.4 1.4 16.1
5 Morgan Paige G 5’9″ 0.341 0.263 0.882 1.7 1.9 12.7
2 Taylor Wurtz G 6’0″ 0.345 0.284 0.804 7.6 2.2 11.7
35 Jacki Gulczynski F 6’1″ 0.391 0.357 0.900 6.7 0.8 8.1
10 Dakota Whyte G 5’8″ 0.438 0.226 0.500 3.2 2.5 6.9
4 Nicole Bauman G 5’10″ 0.447 0.393 0.800 1.7 1.7 5.9
23 Daria Kryuchkova F 6’3″ 0.333 - 0.750 1 0.0 2.5
22 Tessa Cichy G 6’0″ 0.355 0.583 0.875 1.2 0.7 1.9
3 AnnMarie Brown G/F 6’0″ 0.355 0.389 0.750 2.2 0.4 1.6
0 Shannon Malone F 6’1″ 0.500 - 1.00 0.4 0.1 0.5
24 Malayna Johnson F/C 6’4″ 0.000 - 0.286 1.2 0.3 0.1
30 Carly Truesdale G 5’9″ 0.000 - - 0.5 0.3 0
32 Michaela Crall F 6’3″ -
43 Cassie Rochel F/C 6’4″ -

Ohio State University Buckeyes

This Buckeye team is interesting. Ohio State is coming off a win against Illinois where they had their 3rd highest offensive output (90 points) and their largest margin of victory (26 points).  But, as with any team in transition, there are some inconsistencies in play and results. Just when the Buckeyes have a good game and you think they’ve turned the corner, there is another corner ahead of us. It’s a maze, and the fun part is watching the Buckeyes navigate it.

And, here are your Ohio State Buckeyes:

Nbr Name Pos Hgt FG% 3Pt% FT% R/B A/G PPG
13 Cait Craft G 5’8″ .374 .322 .640 2.6 1.4 8.4
14 Ameryst Alston G 5’9″ .452 .354 .846 3.3 2.9 17.3
22 Darryce Moore C 6’2″ .475 .000 .719 6.1 1.2 8.8
23 Martina Ellerbe F 6’2″ .457 .300 .800 5.8 1.3 8.9
25 Amy Scullion G 6’0″ .278 .353 .750 4.3 1.0 3
31 Raven Ferguson G 5’11″ .395 .231 .753 5.2 2.6 10.5
33 Ashley Adams C 6’5″ .500 .000 .733 4.9 1.6 6.8
12 Maleeka Kynard G 5’7″ .296 .343 .741 1.4 1.1 4.6
15 Aleksandra Dobranic C 6’4″ .250 .000 .500 0.7 0.4 0.7
21 Lisa Blair C 6’6″ .455 .000 .000 2.2 0.0 0.6

Wrap-up

Not sure what to think of this game. I think that OSU has the talent to win this one, but it is in Madison, so it’s a bit more of a challenge.  The defensive challenge for Ohio State is to contain forward Michala Johnson (16.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg) and guard Taylor Wurtz (11.7 ppg, 7.6 rpg). Since Johnson has not taken a 3-point shot this season, this is a better match up for OSU’s Adams/Moore. Tune in Sunday to find out.

PPG O PPG D RPG APG TPG FG% 3PT% FT%
Wisconsin 65 65 37 12 14 0.41 0.32 0.74
Ohio State 66 63 38 13 17 0.42 0.31 0.74

The game is Sunday at 3:00 PM EST from The Kohl Center. Television coverage will be provided by BTDN

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