Wisconsin Badgers women's basketball

The Wisconsin Badgers women’s basketball team is a NCAA Division I college basketball team competing in the Big Ten Conference. Home games are played at the Kohl Center, located on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus in Madison, Wisconsin. Previous to the Kohl Center, the home games were played at the Wisconsin Field House.

Wisconsin Badgers
2019–20 Wisconsin Badgers women's basketball team
UniversityUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison
Head coachJonathan Tsipis (4th season)
ConferenceBig Ten
LocationMadison, Wisconsin
ArenaKohl Center
(Capacity: 17,190)
Student sectionGrateful Red
ColorsCardinal and White[1]
NCAA Tournament Second round
1995, 1996
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1992, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2010

Coaching history

Marilyn Harris era (1974–1976)

Harris was the first coach of the women’s basketball team at UW. She led the Lady Badgers to a 16–20 record in two seasons.

Edwina Qualls era (1976–1986)

Qualls led the Badgers for 10 years and the start of the Big Ten Conference in 1982. In the 1982–1983 season, the Badgers had recorded their best season thus far: 19–8. Qualls finished with a record of 131–141.

Mary Murphy era (1986–1994)

Murphy led the Badgers to an 87–135 record over eight years. She was the Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year in 1992 with an overall record of 20–9 and a Big Ten record of 13–5. In 1992, Murphy led the Badgers to their first appearance in the NCAA tournament.

Jane Albright era (1994–2003)

Albright led the Badgers for nine years and earned a record of 161–107. During her tenure, she led the Badgers to five NCAA tournament appearances, and two WNIT appearances. The Badgers were WNIT runners-up in 1999 and WNIT champions in 2000. Albright was the Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year in 1995.

Lisa Stone era (2003–2011)

Lisa Stone led the Badgers to a 128–118 (.520) record in eight seasons, with a Big Ten Conference record of 56–79 (.415). The 2006–2007 season produced a record 23 wins (23–13) before the team fell in the WNIT championship to the University of Wyoming, 72–56. The 2007–2008 season produced another trip to the WNIT, but the Badgers fell in the second round to Villanova University. The 2008–2009 season was the third consecutive year the Badgers went to the WNIT, making it to the third round before falling to St. Bonaventure.

The 2009–2010 season produced a 21–11 record as Stone took the Badgers to the NCAA tournament for the first time where they lost in the first round to Vermont, 64–55. In Stone's final year (2010–2011) the Badgers finished 16–15, with another 10-win record in the Big Ten Conference (10–6) and another trip to the WNIT, where they bowed out in the second round to Illinois State 62–59.

Assistant coach was Tasha McDowell.

Bobbie Kelsey era (2011–2016)

On April 11, 2011 Bobbie Kelsey became the new head coach for the Badgers, signing a five-year contract.[2] Her first season ended with a Big Ten Tournament loss to Minnesota as the Badgers finished with a 9–20 overall record, finishing 5–11 in Big Ten play. Kelsey's second season ended with a 12–19 overall record, 3–13 in Big Ten play. The Badgers recorded their first Big Ten Tournament win for Kelsey by beating Illinois 58–57 before bowing out of the tournament with a 74–62 loss to Purdue. The third season in the Kelsey era came to a close with a loss to Minnesota in the B1G tournament. The Badgers finished with an overall record of 10–19, with a 3–13 conference record. Taylor Wurtz and Morgan Paige became the 22nd and 23rd players to reach the 1,000 point plateau. At the end of the 2013–2014 Kelsey's contract was extended three years, ending in the spring of 2019. The 2014-15 season ended with an 11th-place finish in the conference and a 9-20 record. Kelsey's fifth year as head coach ended with a 7-22 overall record and a 13th-place finish in the conference. Kelsey was let go on March 4, 2016 after finishing with an all-time record of 47-100.[3]

Jonathan Tsipis era (2016–present)

On March 31, 2016, Jonathan Tsipis was named the head coach and first male coach of the Badgers women's basketball team. He previously was the head coach at George Washington University.[4]

Coaching staff

  • Head coach Jonathan Tsipis
  • Assistant coach Craig Carter
  • Assistant coach Kayla Karius
  • Assistant coach Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton
  • Director of basketball operations Michelle Nason
  • Video Coordinator and Director of Scouting Erica Yost
  • Strength and condition coach Abby Busch
  • Graduate Assistant Kelly Hughes
  • Program Assistant Emili Leyden

Current roster

2019–20 Wisconsin Badgers women's basketball team
Pos.#NameHeightYearPrevious schoolHometown
G 3 Suzanne Gilreath 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m) SrFridley Brooklyn Park, MN
F 5 Julie Pospisilova 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) FrDowners Grove North Prague, Czech Republic
G 10 Kendra Van Leeuwen 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) SrSt. John's College (ON) Brantford, ON
F 12 Carmen Backes 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) RS FrChisago Lakes Lindstrom, MN
F 13 Sydney Mathiason 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) SoMonroe Monroe, WI
F 14 Abby Laszewski 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) SrAvon Hartford, CT
G 15 Kara Crowley 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) JrBeaver Dam Beaver Dam, WI
G 20 Diamond Bragg 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) SoCamp Hill Camp Hill, PA
G 22 Niya Beverley 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m) JrSt. John's College (DC) Laurel, MD
G 23 Jasmine Hale 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) SoWest Clermont Cincinnati, OH
G 30 Sydney Hilliard 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) FrMonroe Monroe, WI
F 33 Courtney Fredrickson 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) RS JrMinnetonka Excelsior, MN
F 34 Imani Lewis 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) SoLife Center Academy Willingboro, NJ
G 40 Tara Stauffacher 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) FrBeaver Dam Beaver Dam, WI
C 41 Sara Stapleton 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) FrCentennial High School Blaine, MN
F 43 Grace Mueller 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) RS JrVerona High School Madison, WI
F 44 Alex Leuhring 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) RS SoUW-Green Bay Verona, WI
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Kayla Karius (UW-Green Bay)
  • Craig Carter (Rutgers)
  • Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton (Purdue)

  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Last update: March 19, 2018

Year by year results

Conference tournament winners noted with # Source[5]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason Coaches' poll AP poll
Marilyn Harris (Independent) (1974–1976)
1974-75 Marilyn Harris 11–7
1975-76 Marilyn Harris 5–13
Marilyn Harris: 16–20
Edwina Qualls (Independent, Big Ten) (1976–1986)
1976-77 Edwina Qualls 7–14WWIAC
1977-78 Edwina Qualls 14–10MAIAW
1978-79 Edwina Qualls 13–11WWIAC
1979-80 Edwina Qualls 10–16MAIAW
1980-81 Edwina Qualls 13–18
Big Ten Conference
1981-82 Edwina Qualls 21–131–1T-4thAIAW Quarterfinals
1982-83 Edwina Qualls 19–811–75th
1983-84 Edwina Qualls 18–1013–52nd
1984-85 Edwina Qualls 11–176–12T-7th
1985-86 Edwina Qualls 4–241–1710th
Edwina Qualls: 130–14132–42
Mary Murphy (Big Ten) (1986–1994)
1986-87 Mary Murphy 9–194–14T-8th
1987-88 Mary Murphy 4–242–1610th
1988-89 Mary Murphy 13–145–138th
1989-90 Mary Murphy 8–203–15T-9th
1990-91 Mary Murphy 13–157–117th
1991-92 Mary Murphy 20–913–53rdNCAA First Round
1992-93 Mary Murphy 7–204–1410th
1993-94 Mary Murphy 13–146–129th
Mary Murphy: 87–13544–100
Jane Albright (Big Ten) (1994–2003)
1994-95 Jane Albright 20–911–53rdNCAA Second Round
1995-96 Jane Albright 21–812–43rdNCAA Second Round2018
1996-97 Jane Albright 16–118–8T-6th
1997-98 Jane Albright 21–109–76thNCAA First Round
1998-99 Jane Albright 18–149–7T-4thWNIT Finals
1999-2000 Jane Albright 21–128–8T-5thWNIT Champions
2000-01 Jane Albright 18–1012–4T-2ndNCAA First Round24
2001-02 Jane Albright 19–128–8T-5thNCAA First Round
2002-03 Jane Albright 7–215–11T-8th
Jane Albright: 161–10782–62
Lisa Stone (Big Ten) (2003–2011)
2003-04 Lisa Stone 10–174–12T-8th
2004-05 Lisa Stone 12–165–118th
2005-06 Lisa Stone 11–185–119th
2006-07 Lisa Stone 23–137–9T-5thWNIT Finals
2007-08 Lisa Stone 16–149–9T-7thWNIT First Round (Bye)
2008-09 Lisa Stone 19–156–12T-7thWNIT Sixteen
2009-10 Lisa Stone 21–1110–8T-3rdNCAA First Round
2010-11 Lisa Stone 16–1510–6T-3rdWNIT Second Round
Lisa Stone: 128–11956–78
Bobbie Kelsey (Big Ten) (2011–2016)
2011-12 Bobbie Kelsey 9–205–11T-9th
2012-13 Bobbie Kelsey 12–193–1311th
2013-14 Bobbie Kelsey 10–193–1311th
2014-15 Bobbie Kelsey 9–205–1311th
2015-16 Bobbie Kelsey 7–223–1513th
Bobbie Kelsey: 47–10019–65
Jonathan Tsipis (Big Ten) (2016–present)
2016-17 Jonathan Tsipis 9–223–13T-12th
2017-18 Jonathan Tsipis 9–212–1413th
2018-19 Jonathan Tsipis 15-184–1413th
2019-20 Jonathan Tsipis 7-30–0
Jonathan Tsipis: 40-649-41

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

NCAA tournament appearances

March 18, 1992Mary MurphyMontanaL 74-85UW Field House
March 16, 1995Jane Albright(23) KansasW 73-72Lubbock, TX
March 18, 1995Jane Albright(5) Texas TechL 65-88Lubbock, TX
March 15, 1996Jane AlbrightOregonW 74-60Nashville, TN
March 17, 1996Jane Albright(12) VanderbiltL 82-96Nashville, TN
March 14, 1998Jane AlbrightVirginia TechL 64-75Gainesville, FL
March 16, 2001Jane AlbrightMissouriL 68-71Athens, GA
March 16, 2002Jane AlbrightArizona StateL 70-73Nashville, TN
March 21, 2010Lisa StoneVermontL 55-64South Bend, IN

All-time statistical leaders

Career points leaders (1,000 points or more)

Total pointsNameCareer gamesPositionYears playedScored 1,500th pointDate and opponent
12,312Jolene Anderson123 gamesG2004–2008Jr./85th game2/17/07 vs. Purdue
21,994Barb Franke114 gamesF/C1991–1996Sr./90th game12/7/95 vs. Western Illinois
31,915Jessie Stomski123 gamesF1998–2002Sr./100th game12/11/01 vs. UW–Milwaukee
41,901Robin Threatt114 gamesG1988–1993Sr./92nd game12/15/92 vs. UW–Milwaukee
51,879Theresa Huff118 gamesF/C1979–1983Sr./97th game12/22/82 vs. Loyola-Chicago
61,857LaTonya Sims124 gamesF/G1997–2001Sr./99th game11/22/00 vs. Notre Dame
71,662Tamara Moore124 gamesG1998–2002Sr./114th game1/30/02 vs. Iowa
81,576Katie Voigt116 gamesG1993–1998Sr./112th game2/20/98 vs. Illinois
91,543Ann Klapperich113 gamesF1994–1998Sr./110th game2/22/98 vs. Penn State
101,512Janese Banks118 gamesG2004–2008Sr./116th game3/2/08 vs. Iowa
111,482Lisa Bonnell109 gamesF1984–1988N/AN/A
121,476Alyssa Karel124 gamesG2007-2011N/AN/A
131,455Janet Huff118 gamesG1980–1984N/AN/A
141,427Michelle Kozelka111 gamesF1988–1992N/AN/A
151,399Chris Pruitt115 gamesG1981–1985N/AN/A
161,367Taylor Wurtz126 gamesF/G2009–2014N/AN/A
171,279Keisha Anderson85 gamesG1994–1997N/AN/A
181,230Morgan Paige118 gamesG2010–2014N/AN/A
191,224Nicole Bauman113 gamesG2012–2016N/AN/A
201,123Kelly Paulus119 gamesF1996–2000N/AN/A
211,121Marsha Howard109 gamesF2015-2019N/AN/A
221,120Faith Johnson118 gamesG1980–1985N/AN/A
231,074Cayla McMorris115 gamesG2014-2018N/AN/A
241,053Lin Zastrow122 gamesF2007–2011N/AN/
251,037Linda Gough104 gamesF1977–1981N/AN/A
261,008Mynette Clark95 gamesG1988–1992N/AN/A

Career rebounding leaders

NameReboundsYears played
1Theresa Huff1,2011979–1983
2Jessie Stomski9591998–2002
3Michele Kozelka9161988–1992
4LaTonya Sims8821997–2001
5Barb Franke8811991–1996
6Jolene Anderson8482004–2008
7Taylor Wurtz7932009-2014
8Lisa Bonnell7601984-1988
9Michelle Lowman7191978–1983
10Marsha Howard6942015-2019

Career assists leaders

NameAssistsYears played
1Tamara Moore5541998–2002
2Rae Lin D'Alie4832006–2010
3Keisha Anderson4711994–1997
4Janet Huff4121980–1984
5Jolene Anderson4092004–2008
6Stephanie Rich3832002–2004
7Katie Voigt3731993–1998
8Amy Bauer3701988–1991
T-9Chris Pruitt3671981–1985
T-9Kendra Van Leeuwen3672016-Present

Career steals leaders

NameStealsYears played
1Tamara Moore3531998–2002
2Keisha Anderson3271994–1997
3Janet Huff2941980–1984
4Robin Threatt2831998-1993
5Faith Johnson2601980–1985
6Jolene Anderson2422004–2008
7Theresa Huff2411979–1983
8Chris Pruitt2171981–1985
9Rae Lin D'Alie2132006–2010
10Stephanie Rich2092001-2005

Career blocks leaders

NameBlocksYears played
1Michelle Lowman2531978–1983
2Cassie Rochel1812010-2015
3Danielle Ward1562004–2008
4Janetta Johnson1301988–1989
5Emily Ashbaugh1132000–2004
6Lello Gebisa1102002–2004
7Inga Young1091984–1987
8Lin Zastrow1082007–2011
9Theresa Huff1061979–1983
10Jacki Gulczynski1042011-2015

Badgers in the pros

NameUW yearsCountry (team)Years played
Lello Gebisa2002–2004Greece2004–2005
Jordan Wilson2002–2006Spain2006–2007
Jolene Anderson2004–2008WNBA Connecticut Sun2008
Rae Lin D'Alie2006–2010Italy2011-present
Alyssa Karel2007-2011Germany2012-Present
Anya Covington2008-2012Germany2012
Taylor Wurtz2010-2015Sweden2015-Present
Cassie Rochel2010-2015Australia2015-Present
Nicole Bauman2012-2016Sweden2016
Dakota Whyte2012-2016Sweden2016-Present
Michala Johnson2014-2016New York Liberty (WNBA) & Belgium2016-Present
Avyanna Young2014-2016Finland2017-Present
Cayla McMorris2014-2018Turkey, Sweden2018-Present
Marsha Howard2015-2019Luxembourg2019-Present


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