Starting Five: Wisconsin prepares to face Penn State


MADISON. Wis. —  The Wisconsin women’s basketball team (10-11, 3-8 B1G) return to the Kohl Center to take on Penn State (16-6. 7-4 B1G) on Sunday, Feb. 11. Tip off is set for 2 p.m. and the game can be streamed live on B1G+ or listened to on 1070 WTSO-AM. 

Here are five things to know before the Badgers matchup against the Nittany Lions.

1. DOUBLE-DOUBLE LEADER: With an 11 point, 11 rebound double-double against Northwestern on Sunday, Feb. 4, Serah Williams accumulated her 11th double-double of the season and eighth consecutive one. This tied her at first all time with Theresa Huff in consecutive double-doubles in program history. Huff accomplished the feat between January 14 and February 11, 1983. In the Badgers next game against Penn State, Williams has a chance to usurp Huff exactly 41 years after she originally set the double-double record.

2. BROOKLYN BLOCKER: Williams has proven time and again that she is not just the best blocker on the Badgers or in the Big Ten, but instead one of the best in the nation. The sophomore averages 3.0 blocks per game and has accumulated 57 this season, nine more  than the next-best conference blocker. The Brooklyn, N.Y. native is tied for 10th in the NCAA in blocks, and has a total of 115 in her career.

3. REELING IN THE OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS: Over the last three games, Wisconsin has out-rebounded opponents on the offensive end, 42-30. Ronnie Porter has been responsible for nine, and at just 5-foot-4, is 16th in the Big Ten with a total of 42 offensive rebounds. 

4. HISTORY WITH PENN STATE: The Badgers trail the Nittany Lions 17-35 in the all-time series. Coached under Marisa Moseley, the Badgers took down the Nittany Lions once, in 2022 at home. The rivalry between the two teams dates back to 1992. It wasn’t until 1996 that the Badgers earned their first win, 87-69. UW followed with another win in Dec. of 1996. In the last game between the two programs on Jan. 22, 2023, Penn State defeated Wisconsin, 74-69 in Happy Valley. 

5. SCOUTING THE NITTANY LIONS: Penn State is fourth in the Big Ten Conference, with a 16-6 overall record and 7-4 conference record. With just four losses coming against No. 12 Ohio State, Michigan State, No. 14 Indiana and Michigan, the Nittany Lions have positioned themselves as a formidable B1G opponent. The leading scorer for PSU is Ashley Owusu, who averages 18.3 points per game with a 50.0% field-goal percentage. The graduate student is accompanied by Makenna Marisa, who ranks 10th in the Big Ten in scoring with an average of 15.1 points per game and sits at third in program history in career 30-point games with seven. 

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