MADISON, Wi. The Wisconsin women's basketball team is back and came ready to play in the exhibition game against UW-Oshkosh, outscoring the Titans, 79-51, at the Kohl Center Sunday afternoon.
Wisconsin came out hot taking a 12-0 lead in the first five minutes of the game. UW-Oshkosh would cut the lead to just three (12-9) with 1:4The Badgers' shot 48.3 percent (29-60) from the field while the Titans hit just 29 percent (18-62) from the field.
Marsha Howard led Wisconsin by putting up 16 points while adding a team-high four steals. The 6-0 forward did not stop there as she added six rebounds and two assists. Courtney Fredrickson, Kelly Karlis and Alex Luehring all added 11 points to the Badger offense.
The Titans could not match the Badgers on the court as they were outrebounded 48-35. Karlis led all players with eight boards. Wisconsin also handed out 19 assists, including a game-high five for Niya Beverley, while turning the ball over 15 times. Oshkosh had only seven assists and 15 turnovers as the Badgers had 11 steals.
Erin Vande Zande led Oshkosh with eight points while Leah Porath led the Titans with nine rebounds.
With the Badgers leading by seven (28-21) with 5:28 to play in the half, Alex Luehring hit a 3-pointer with 5:11 on the clock to put Wisconsin up 31-31. The Badgers were able to keep a double-digit lead the rest of the game.
Straight from the Court
Head Coach Jonathon Tsipis
"We talked this week about the success Coach Fisher and the Oshkosh program have had and that their kids would keep battling."
On his team:
"As we look how we are going to be better moving forward, I think you saw spurts on both sides of the ball where we have length, we have versatility, and a lineup of depth that we are going to try to work out to find the best game-plan for every week."
On first time playing and the emotions:
"It was just so exciting, I have been coming to the games since I was probably four or five. I could tell you the exact seats that I sat in with my Dad every single game. So it was just so exciting to be out there, it's really unbelievable for me to actually be on the court playing because it was just a dream of mine ever since I was little. I think it was more exciting for me and I know how proud my Dad would have been if he could have been here today. I had a lot of support with my Mom and my family and friends being here today too, so it was really good."
• Two Badgers would have tied career highs today. Senior Marsha Howard tied a career best with four steals while sophomore Niya Beverley went 1-for-1 from 3-point range, tying her career high for triples made and percentage.
• Five players saw their first action in the Cardinal and White. Redshirt senior Kelly Karlis was one of four Badgers to score in double figures, putting up 11 points. Redshirt sophomore Alex Luehring also scored 11 points, hitting 3-of-6 from 3-point range. Redshirt sophomore Grace Mueller scored six points, shooting a perfect 3-for-3 from the field. True freshman Imani Lewis and Diamond Braggsaw playing time, scoring eight and three points, respectively. Lewis also had six rebounds
Wisconsin looks ahead to their first regular-season game against Winthrop on Thursday at 7 p.m., at the Kohl Center.