Illinois Women’s Basketball: Wisconsin Game Preview

The Illinois Fighting Illini will play the Wisconsin Badgers at Assembly hall on Monday.

The Fighting Illini defeated the Minnesota Golden Gophers in their last game, 76-66. They had three players score over 20 points in the game. The biggest players for the Illini were Karisma Penn and Adrienne GodBold. Both recorded double-doubles as Penn recorded 22 points and 11 rebounds while GodBold recorded 20 points and 10 rebounds.

This game will be the second meeting between Illinois and Wisconsin this season. In their first meeting, the Illini beat the Badgers, 64-56. GodBold led the Illini with 18 points in that game. She also hauled in 13 rebounds and recorded six steals to get the Fighting Illini the win in Madison.

Wisconsin comes into Monday’s match-up with an overall record of 11-14 and a Big Ten record of 3-9. They are 1-2 in their last three games. They are coming into this match-up after losing to the Purdue Boilermakers, 48-58, at the Kohl Center in Madison.

February 7, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Wisconsin Badgers guard/forward Jacki Gulczynski (35) takes a foul shot against the Ohio State Buckeyes at the Schottenstein Center. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

The Badgers have two players averaging double-digit points so far this season.

They are junior Morgan Paige (16.7 points per game) and sophomore Jacki Gulczynski (12.7 points per game).

In the first meeting against the Fighting Illini, both Paige and Gulczynski recorded double-digit points. Paige led the team with 23 points while Gulczynski had 10 points.

Morgan Paige is among the best scorers in the Big Ten. She is currently ranked seventh in the Big Ten in scoring.

The Badgers are ranked eleventh in the conference in scoring offense, but they stay in games with their defense. They are ranked sixth in scoring defense (59.6 points per game).

On the boards, Wisconsin is led by Jacki Gulczynski (6.4 rebounds per game), junior Cassie Rochel (8.5 rebounds per game), and senior Tiera Stephen (6.0 rebounds per game).

In the first meeting in Madison, Gulczynski, Rochel, and Stephen combined for 25 of their team’s 35 rebounds. Gulczynski led the team with nine rebounds while Rochel and Stephens both recorded eight rebounds. Stephens also added 14 points to her stat line the first time around.

Rochel is ranked fifth in the Big Ten in rebounding this season. As a team, Wisconsin is ranked ninth in rebounding margin (-0.3).

This will be the 65th meeting between the Fighting Illini and the Badgers. Illinois leads the series, 33-31.

Illinois will need to do a better job rebounding than they did the first time against Wisconsin. Everyone knows that the Fighting Illini are going to get their points each game, but can they take their game to the next step and out-rebound the Badgers on Monday.

Penn and GodBold will score in double-figures and might even be guaranteed double-doubles. However, Illinois should be able to win if Penn and GodBold can get some help from Amber Moore and/or Ivory Crawford.

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Topics: Basketball, Cassie Rochel, Illinois Fighting Illini, Morgan Paige, Wisconsin Badgers

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