Nov. 16, 2012; Spokane, WA, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs center Shelby Cheslek (44) fights for position with Wisconsin Badgers forward Cassie Rochel (43) during the second half at the McCarthey Athletic Center. The Bulldogs would go onto beat the Badgers by a final score of 62-53. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois Women’s Basketball: Wisconsin Game Preview


The Illinois Fighting Illini will play the Wisconsin Badgers at the Kohl Center on Sunday.

The Illini are coming off of a big win over the Iowa Hawkeyes, 74-62. The Fighting Illini had four of their starters score double-digits in the win.

The four players were Adrienne GodBold (17 points), Amber Moore (17 points), Karisma Penn (18 points), and Ivory Crawford (14 points). Moore stepped up her play against the Hawkeyes. She went 5-of-8 from beyond the arc and was an added weapon from 3-point land for the Illini.

Wisconsin comes into Sunday’s match-up with an overall record of 10-11 and a Big Ten record of 2-6. The Badgers opened conference play with five straight losses. They are coming off of a close two point victory over the Penn State Nittany Lions, 63-61.

The Badgers have two players averaging double-digit points so far this season. They are junior Morgan Paige (17.1 points per game) and sophomore Jacki Gulczynski (11.5 points per game).

Both of these players are in the Big Ten’s Top 25 in scoring. Paige is ranked 6th in the conference while Gulczynski is ranked 24th.

The Badgers are ranked 11th in the conference in scoring offense, but they stay in games with their defense. They are ranked 6th in scoring defense (59.5 points per game).

On the boards, Wisconsin is led by Jacki Gulczynski (6.0 rebounds per game), junior Cassie Rochel (8.0 rebounds per game), and senior Tiera Stephen (6.0 rebounds per game).

Rochel is ranked 5th in the Big Ten in rebounding this season. As a team, Wisconsin is ranked 10th in rebounding margin (-1.1).

This will be the 64th meeting between the Fighting Illini and the Badgers. Illinois leads the series, 32-31. However, Wisconsin is 22-8 in games played in Madison, Wisconsin. They are currently riding a five game win streak in games in Madison for the series.

Just like going into the Iowa game, Amber Moore will be important to the Illini’s success. Karisma Penn and Adrienne GodBold are going to get their double-digit points, but Illinois needs a consistent third scorer.

Moore showed against Iowa that she can catch fire, especially from 3-point land. If Moore can support Penn and GodBold, then the Illini should win thair third game in the row.

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