B1G Game 8: Gophers Visit Wisconsin (1-23-24)

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I want to take you Heyer

Third year Wisconsin head coach Marisa Moseley analyzed last Tuesday’s Badger 50-96 beat down in Iowa City where the Hawkeyes had 25 assists on 29 field goals and made 15 3-pointers:

“I think they kind of put their foot on the gas a little bit,” Wisconsin coach Marisa Moseley said. “And I think for our kids, we took a step back at that point.”

“Obviously, they're a pretty well-oiled machine,” Moseley said. "“So they know where each other it’s going to be at what time. I think for us, we’re a much younger team and much more inexperienced team, and so I think you saw the difference in that, especially once the second half started.


The loss dropped Wisconsin to 1-6 in the Big Ten and left them with a week to prepare for next Tuesday’s meeting with 4-3 Minnesota in Madison.

Wisconsin’s win was versus @ Illinois 67-61; their losses were to Iowa 65-87, @ Purdue 50-89, Nebraska 57-69, Northwestern 69-74, @ Michigan 52-76 and @ Iowa 50-96. The Badgers have taken several backward steps during conference play leaving them with a lot to address during the off week.

Here are some of the ugly (Big Ten stats). The Badgers average 58.6 points per game while allowing 78.9. They are a terrible three-point shooting team at .236 (37-157) which goes with a league worst .380 field goal percentage. And they average 20 turnover/game. You get the picture.

However, before we get too haughty, the Badgers own a two-game winning streak over Minnesota. We won’t relive last year’s fiascos; but they were Exhibits A & B in many post season examinations. The Gophers lost the first game in Madison 77-81 and the second at home 70-76 in OT. Wisconsin finished the conference season 6-12 and Minnesota 4-16. Well…given today’s performance against the Spartans, we must note Mallory Heyer’s break out performance against the Badgers in the OT game: 28 points and 15 rebounds in 40 minutes. Heyer was 5-7 from three. Her ceiling continues to expand upwards.

Last season the Badgers had two promising freshman starters: three-point shooter Maty Wilke and center Serah Williams. Wilke transferred to Utah while Williams remains UW’s major threat and is a double-double machine. Williams missed the Purdue loss because of injury; but has produced double-double’s in her last four games. She narrowly missed the feat against Nebraska (16 points and 9 rebounds) and in the first Iowa game (15 points and 8 rebounds in a foul filled 16 minutes of play).

It should be noted that Moseley entered the season with a new coaching staff. Scott Merrit left to lead Gardner Webb. Associate head coach Kate Barnosky took over D III Babson. And Caroline Doty was told they were “going in a different direction”. The most notable of the new hires was Margaret McKeon. McKeon was head coach during Moseley’s playing days at Boston University.

Anyway, the new Wisconsin assistants will be tasked with finding directions to a third consecutive Badger win. The all-new Minnesota staff can’t let it happen.

Badger Starters (Big Ten Stats):

Forward Serah Williams is a 6’4” sophomore averaging 17.3 points and 11.7 rebounds in 30 minutes per game.

Point guard Ronnie Porter is a 5’4” sophomore energy bundle from Como Park averaging 10.9 point and 6.4 rebounds in 34.1 minutes. She had 14 points and 12 rebounds versus Illinois and 14 points and 8 rebounds versus Northwestern.

Guard Natalie Leuzinger is a 5’8” senior averaging 7.1 points and 3 rebounds in 30 minutes. She had 13 points and 3 rebounds versus Nebraska.

Guard Sonia Copeland is a 5’7” sophomore averaging 7 points and 2.7 rebounds in 33 minutes. She had 7 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists versus Illinois.

Guard Brooke Schramek is a 6’0” senior averaging 6.2 points and 3.8 rebounds in 28.8 minutes. She scored 12 points versus Purdue.

The Bench:

Guard Halle Douglas is a 6’0” senior averaging 4.9 points and 1.7 rebounds in 21 minutes in her return from last season’s ACL injury.

Guard D’Yanis Jimenez is a 5’8” freshman guard averaging 3.3 points and 2 rebounds in 15.2 minutes.
 






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Gophers are 16.5 point favorites, opening.
 
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Minnesota putting on a shooting clinic, all 6 points in the 1st.
 




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If Minnesota wants to be a tournament team; these are the games you simply can’t lose. Need to find another level.
 

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Gophers are standing around on offense, Badgers getting all the hustles plays. WTF happened to the Gophers?
 


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Well, that's over with. Hopefully they wake the hell up
 

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Hard to watch. Both teams really poor shooting. Gophers looking lost.
 

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A lot of people watched the Gophers men's game right before this and then maybe checking this game out.
 


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Great rebound by Heyer. Well maybe now their shots are going.
 




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WHY do we STRUGGLE so damn MUCH against the Badgers when nobody else seems to do..

Battle needs to ATTACK Porter or go post her up against Porter..

Hope Dawn rips into them at halftime

thank god for Grace
 





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