Wisconsin Badgers women's basketball
|University||University of Wisconsin–Madison|
|Head coach||Bobbie Kelsey (5th year)|
|Student section||Grateful Red|
Cardinal and White
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.
- 1 Coaching history
- 2 Current Coaching Staff
- 3 2015–16 Roster
- 4 Year by year results
- 5 All-Time NCAA Tournament Appearances & Results
- 6 All-Time statistical leaders
- 7 Badgers in the Pros
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Marilyn Harris era (1974–1976)
Coach Harris was the first coach of the women’s basketball team at UW. She led the Lady Badgers to a 16–20 record in 2 seasons.
Edwina Qualls era (1976–1986)
Coach 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. Coach Qualls finished with a record of 131–141.
Mary Murphy era (1986–1994)
Coach Murphy led the Badgers to an 87–135 record over 8 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, Coach Murphy also led the Badgers to their first appearance in the NCAA tournament.
Jane Albright era (1994–2003)
Coach Albright led the Badgers for 9 years and earned a record of 161–107. In her 9 seasons, she led the Badgers to 5 NCAA tournament appearances, and 2 WNIT appearances. The Badgers were WNIT runners-up in 1999 and WNIT Champions in 2000. Coach Albright was the Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year in 1995.
Lisa Stone era (2003–2011)
Coach Stone led the Badgers to a 128–118 (.520) record after 8 seasons with a Big Ten Conference record of 56–79 (.415). The 2006–2007 season produced a record 23 wins (23–13) before falling in the WNIT championship to the University of Wyoming, 72–56. The 2007–2008 season produced another consecutive trip to the WNIT, but the Badgers fell in the second round to Villanova University. The 2008–2009 season was the 3rd year in a row 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 Coach Stone's took the Badgers to the NCAA tournament for the first time where they lost in the 1st Round to Vermont, 64–55. In Coach Stone's final year (2010–2011) the Badgers finished 16–15, with another 10 win record in the Big Ten Conference (10–6) with yet another trip to the WNIT, where they bowed out in the second round to Illinois State 62–59.
Bobbie Kelsey era (2011–present)
On Monday, April 11, Bobbie Kelsey was introduced as the new head coach for the Badgers. She was initially signed to a five-year contract. 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. Coach Kelsey's second season as Badger head coach ended with a 12–19 overall record, finishing 3–13 in Big Ten Play. The Badgers recorded their first Big Ten Tournament win for Coach Kelsey beating Illinois 58–57 before bowing out of the tournament with a 74–62 loss to Purdue. The third season in the Bobbie 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. The season was highlighted by seniors Taylor Wurtz and Morgan Paige becoming the 22nd and 23rd players to reach the 1,000 point plateau, as well as Wurtz moving into 7th place in all-time rebounding, and Redshirt Junior Michala Johnson being named a First-Team All Conference selection by the coaches, becoming the 10th First-Team All Conference selection in program history, as well as the first since 2008 (Jolene Anderson). At the end of the 2013–2014 Kelsey had her contracted extended three years—ending in the spring of 2019.
Current Coaching Staff
Head Coach Bobbie Kelsey
Bobbie Kelsey, who, as an assistant coach at Stanford helped lead the Cardinal to the NCAA Final Four in each of the last four seasons, was named the sixth head coach in UW women's basketball history in April 2011.
In her four seasons as an assistant at Stanford, the Cardinal compiled a 137–14 (.907) record, including a 69–3 (.958) mark in Pac-10 conference play, and advanced to the Final Four each year. Stanford's streak of four-straight Final Fours is tied for the second-longest streak in NCAA history. Prior to Kelsey's arrival, Stanford had not advanced to the Final Four since 1997.
In addition to coaching at Stanford under Hall of Fame head coach Tara VanDerveer for the last four seasons, Kelsey was a four-year letterwinner at Stanford from 1992–96. She helped the Cardinal to three Final Four appearances in five years as a player, including the 1992 NCAA championship. Kelsey was a team co-captain in 1995 and 1996, voted the team's Most Inspirational Player in 1992 and 1996, and named the team's most improved player in 1993.
Prior to returning to Stanford, Kelsey spent three seasons at Virginia Tech, helping guide the Hokies to three consecutive postseason appearances, including NCAA Tournament berths in 2005 and 2006.
From 2002 to 2004, Kelsey served as an assistant coach at Western Carolina and worked primarily with the post players while assisting with recruiting and camps. She coached 2002–03 Southern Conference Player of the Year Tiffany Hamm as well as Jennifer Gardner, the league's most accurate shooter that same year, making over 51 percent of her shots.
Kelsey spent the 2000–02 seasons as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator at Evansville. Prior to her stint with the Aces, she was an assistant coach at Florida for two seasons where she was responsible for film exchange, scouting and coaching the posts. Kelsey helped the Lady Gators to back-to-back postseason appearances, including an NCAA Tournament trip in 1999 and a trip to the WNIT championship game vs. Wisconsin in 2000.
Prior to her tenure at Florida, Kelsey served as a practice player for the Atlanta Glory of the American Basketball League for one year and as an assistant at Boise State in 1996–97.
Kelsey graduated from Stanford in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in communications. She earned her master's degree from Duquesne University from the School of Leadership and Professional Advancement in Sports Leadership.
Assistant Coach Jayme Callahan
Jayme Callahan has joined the University of Wisconsin women's basketball staff and will take over her duties as the Badgers' recruiting coordinator.
"We have hit an absolute home run with the addition of Jayme to our coaching staff," says Kelsey. "It is an extremely difficult task to find and attract the caliber of personality and coaching ability that Jayme possesses so we are truly blessed that she decided to join the Badgers.
"Jayme brings a wealth of experience to our staff not only as an assistant coach at the BCS level but also as a former head coach at the high school and Division III level. Her dedication to player development, teaching the game and recruiting the best players will no doubt support our goal of taking this program to a national level. Jayme will do a fantastic job."
Callahan comes to Wisconsin after serving as an assistant coach at Clemson University for one season. The St. Louis native also served as the recruiting coordinator and assistant coach at La Salle University in 2010–11. She signed two top-100 players and four McDonald's All-America nominees while with the Explorers.
"I'm so excited about the opportunity to be a part of the Wisconsin's women's basketball program," says Callahan. "When I came on my visit, I quickly fell in love with the people and the energy. The university has so much pride and it is in a beautiful city.
"After speaking with Bobbie about her vision of the program, her enthusiasm is contagious. She and her staff have the program headed in a great direction and I am excited to help take it to the next level. It is a tremendous opportunity to work in the Big Ten Conference and with this awesome staff."
Callahan also spent two seasons at Southeast Missouri as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator from 2008–10 and was also a head coach at Division III Webster University for two seasons.
Callahan's other coaching stops have included one year as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (2005–06) and three seasons as a head coach at two prep programs. In her only season at Putnam County High (Unionville, Mo.) she was named Tri Rivers Conference and District Coach of the Year (2002–03) and she was at Trinity Catholic High School (St. Louis) for two years (2003–05).
Callahan earned a degree in health promotion and wellness in 2002 from Missouri Southern State (Joplin, Mo.), where she started at point guard all four years. She completed her career atop the Lions' all-time career steals list with 225 and games started with 107, starting every game since her freshman season. She also ranks second on the school's career assist chart with 429.
Assistant Coach Stacy Cantley
Stacy Cantley joins the Wisconsin women's basketball staff as an assistant coach after serving as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech for the last seven years. Cantley coached with UW head coach Bobbie Kelsey for three seasons from 2004 to 2007. The Hokies advanced to three post-season tournaments, including two NCAA tournament appearances. Tech advanced to the second round of the post-season classic in 2005 and 2006. Cantley coached two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference honoree Kerri Gardin and Nari Daiwara, the highest WNBA draftee in Virginia Tech history.
Cantley coached for three seasons at Western Carolina from 2001–04. The Catamounts won 21 games in 2002–03 behind first-team All-Southern Conference selection Jennifer Gardner. Prior to Western Carolina, Cantley coached at her alma mater, UNC Wilmington, for three seasons, aiding the Seahawks to the championship game of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament in 2000 with an 18–12 record.
Assistant Coach Alysiah Bond
A former team captain at Ohio State, Alysiah (a LYE sha) Bond is in her first season as an assistant coach on the Wisconsin women's basketball staff. Bond comes to Wisconsin after serving as the director of operations for the University of Arizona women's basketball program for the last three seasons. Bond joined the Arizona staff for the 2008–09 season after spending the previous season as an assistant coach at the University of Central Florida. At UCF, Bond was responsible for the development of the perimeter players, scouting and recruiting.
Before her stint at UCF, Bond was an assistant coach at Murray State and also spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Tennessee State University.
From 1998 to 2001, Bond served as the director of women's basketball operations at the University of Tennessee under the direction of Hall of Fame head coach Pat Summitt. She also held the position of Director of Special Programs for USA Basketball from 1997 t0 1998.
In addition to her coaching and administrative background, Bond has extensive experience in sports broadcasting. She served as a color analyst for Lady Vols telecasts from 2000–03 and Ohio State women's basketball radio broadcasts during the 2003–04 season. She also worked as a sports anchor, reporter and producer at NBC affiliates in both Knoxville, Tenn., and Columbus, Ohio.
Director of Basketball Operations Jill Jameson
Jameson comes to Wisconsin after serving as the director of women's basketball operations at Virginia Tech University for the last seven years. The Hokies made two NCAA tournament appearances and one WNIT appearance during her tenure.
Prior to her years at Virginia Tech, Jameson served as an assistant coach at Marquette University from 2001 to 2004. The Golden Eagles advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2004 and the second round of the WNIT in 2003.
Jameson also served an assistant coach at Tennessee-Chattanooga from 1998 to 2001, where she helped the Moccasins to two Southern Conference regular season championships (2000 and 2001) and one NCAA tournament appearance.
As an assistant coach at Francis Marion in 1997–98, Jameson aided the Patriots to an appearance to the NCAA Division II Final Four. Jameson also served as an assistant coach and graduate assistant at Virginia Tech from 1993 to 1997.
A three-year starter at University of Northern Iowa, Jameson scored 979 points in four seasons, averaging 9.7 points per game, leading the Panthers in scoring as a sophomore and junior. She also averaged 2.4 rebounds per game while shooting 44 percent from the field. A native of North Vernon, Ind., Jameson earned her bachelor's degree in physical education from UNI in 1993 and her master's degree in education from Virginia Tech in 1995.
Administrative Assistant Brianna Skeens
Brianna Skeens, a four-year letterwinner in basketball and volleyball at Augustana College (Ill.), is in her first year as the program assistant for the women's basketball program. She is in charge of running the women's basketball office on a day-to-day basis. Skeens also serves as the executive assistant to head coach Bobbie Kelsey, handling her public appearances. She also assists all of the coaches with on-campus recruiting. Beginning in 2013, Skeens will be charge of organizing and coordinating the team's summer camps.
Skeens was the recipient of the Augustana basketball team's "Best Defensive Player" award her junior year. She was a finalist for the prestigious Shooting Touch Sabbatical program, which grants graduating college seniors the opportunity to partake in a 10-month international work program using the platform of basketball to help foster education and influence positive social change in third world communities.She averaged 1.5 points and 2.1 rebounds per game for her career.
As a member of the Vikings volleyball team, Skeens served as team captain as a junior and as a senior. She was named the team's most valuable player as a senior, leading the team in kills and hitting percentage while ranking second in blocks per set.
A 2012 graduate of Augustana with a degree in sociology, Skeens served as the president of S.A.A.C. (Student Athlete Advisory Committee) and participated frequently in Athletes-Giving-Back (A.G.B.). She received the Merle Chapman Award from the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin in May 2012 for her leadership work with S.A.A.C.
Skeens has coached with the Midwest Elite AAU basketball program and has also coached at her high school's girls' basketball camps for the past six summers.
A native of Libertyville, Ill., Skeens was a 2008 graduate of Vernon Hills High School where she was a three-sport standout in volleyball, basketball and track and field.
|2015–16 Wisconsin Badgers women's basketball team|
Year by year results
Conference tournament winners noted with # Source 
|Season||Team||Overall||Conference||Standing||Postseason||Coaches' poll||AP poll|
|Marilyn Harris (Independent) (1974–1976)|
|Edwina Qualls (Independent, Big Ten) (1976–1986)|
|Big Ten Conference|
|1981-82||Edwina Qualls||21–13||1–1||T-4th||AIAW Quarterfinals|
|Mary Murphy (Big Ten) (1986–1994)|
|1991-92||Mary Murphy||20–9||13–5||3rd||NCAA First Round|
|Jane Albright (Big Ten) (1994–2003)|
|1994-95||Jane Albright||20–9||11–5||3rd||NCAA Second Round|
|1995-96||Jane Albright||21–8||12–4||3rd||NCAA Second Round||20||18|
|1997-98||Jane Albright||21–10||9–7||6th||NCAA First Round|
|1998-99||Jane Albright||18–14||9–7||T-4th||WNIT Finals|
|1999-2000||Jane Albright||21–12||8–8||T-5th||WNIT Champions|
|2000-01||Jane Albright||18–10||12–4||T-2nd||NCAA First Round||24|
|2001-02||Jane Albright||19–12||8–8||T-5th||NCAA First Round|
|Lisa Stone (Big Ten) (2003–2011)|
|2006-07||Lisa Stone||23–13||7–9||T-5th||WNIT Finals|
|2007-08||Lisa Stone||16–14||9–9||T-7th||WNIT First Round (Bye)|
|2008-09||Lisa Stone||19–15||6–12||T-7th||WNIT Sixteen|
|2009-10||Lisa Stone||21–11||10–8||T-3rd||NCAA First Round|
|2010-11||Lisa Stone||16–15||10–6||T-3rd||WNIT Second Round|
|Bobbie Kelsey (Big Ten) (2011–present)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
All-Time NCAA Tournament Appearances & Results
|March 18, 1992||Mary Murphy||Montana||L 74-85||UW Field House|
|March 16, 1995||Jane Albright||(23) Kansas||W 73-72||Lubbock, TX|
|March 18, 1995||Jane Albright||(5) Texas Tech||L 65-88||Lubbock, TX|
|March 15, 1996||Jane Albright||Oregon||W 74-60||Nashville, TN|
|March 17, 1996||Jane Albright||(12) Vanderbilt||L 82-96||Nashville, TN|
|March 14, 1998||Jane Albright||Virginia Tech||L 64-75||Gainesville, FL|
|March 16, 2001||Jane Albright||Missouri||L 68-71||Athens, GA|
|March 16, 2002||Jane Albright||Arizona State||L 70-73||Nashville, TN|
|March 21, 2010||Lisa Stone||Vermont||L 55-64||South Bend, IN|
Career Points Leaders (1,000 Points or More)
|Total Points||Name||Career Games||Position||Years Played||Scored 1,500 Points||Date and Opponent|
|1||2,312||Jolene Anderson||123 games||G||2004–2008||Jr./85th game||2/17/07 vs. Purdue|
|2||1,994||Barb Franke||114 games||F/C||1991–1996||Sr./90th game||12/7/95 vs. Western Illinois|
|3||1,915||Jessie Stomski||123 games||F||1998–2002||Sr./100th game||12/11/01 vs. UW–Milwaukee|
|4||1,901||Robin Threatt||114 games||G||1988–1993||Sr./92nd game||12/15/92 vs. UW–Milwaukee|
|5||1,879||Theresa Huff||118 games||F/C||1979–1983||Sr./97th game||12/22/82 vs. Loyola-Chicago|
|6||1,857||LaTonya Sims||124 games||F/G||1997–2001||Sr./99th game||11/22/00 vs. Notre Dame|
|7||1,662||Tamara Moore||124 games||G||1998–2002||Sr./114th game||1/30/02 vs. Iowa|
|8||1,576||Katie Voigt||116 games||G||1993–1998||Sr./112th game||2/20/98 vs. Illinois|
|9||1,543||Ann Klapperich||113 games||F||1994–1998||Sr./110th game||2/22/98 vs. Penn State|
|10||1,512||Janese Banks||118 games||G||2004–2008||Sr./116th game||3/2/08 vs. Iowa|
|11||1,482||Lisa Bonnell||109 games||F||1984–1988||N/A||N/A|
|12||1,476||Alyssa Karel||124 games||G||2007-2011||N/A||N/A|
|13||1,455||Janet Huff||118 games||G||1980–1984||N/A||N/A|
|14||1,427||Michelle Kozelka||111 games||F||1988–1992||N/A||N/A|
|15||1,399||Chris Pruitt||115 games||G||1981–1985||N/A||N/A|
|16||1,367||Taylor Wurtz||126 games||F/G||2009–2014||N/A||N/A|
|17||1,279||Keisha Anderson||85 games||G||1994–1997||N/A||N/A|
|18||1,230||Morgan Paige||118 games||G||2010–2014||N/A||N/A|
|19||1,123||Kelly Paulus||119 games||F||1996–2000||N/A||N/A|
|20||1,120||Faith Johnson||118 games||G||1980–1985||N/A||N/A|
|21||1,053||Lin Zastrow||122 games||F||2007–2011||N/A||N/A|
|22||1,037||Linda Gough||104 games||F||1977–1981||N/A||N/A|
|23||1,008||Mynette Clark||95 games||G||1988–1992||N/A||N/A|
Career Rebounding Leaders
Career Assists Leaders
|2||Rae Lin D'Alie||483||2006–2010|
Career Steals Leaders
|9||Rae Lin D'Alie||213||2006–2010|
Career Blocks Leaders
Badgers in the Pros
|Name||UW Years||Country (Team)||Years Played|
|Michelle Lowman||1978–1983||Sweden (Ockelbo)||1983–1984|
|Theresa Huff||1979–1983||Spain (Vigo)||1983–1984|
|Robin Threatt||1988–1993||WNBA Seattle Storm||1999–2000|
|Barb Franke||1991–1996||ABL Chicago Condors
|Katie Voigt||1993–1998||Belgium (Club Boom)
Israel (Tel Aviv)
|Keisha Anderson||1994–1997||WNBA Charlotte Sting
WNBA Washington Mystics
ABL Colorado Xplosion
|Ann Klapperich||1994–1998||Portugal (Olivais Futebol)||1998|
|Dee Dee Pate||1996–2000||Germany||2001|
|Tamara Moore||1998–2002||WNBA Houston Comets
WNBA Los Angeles Sparks
WNBA Phoenix Mercury
WNBA Minnesota Lynx
|Jolene Anderson||2004–2008||WNBA Connecticut Sun||2008|
|Rae Lin D'Alie||2006–2010||Italy||2011-present|
- Punzel, Dennis (April 12, 2011). "New UW women's basketball coach sets high bar: 'You can win national championships here'". madison.com. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
- Potrykus, Jeff (April 25, 2014). "Six UW coaches earn extensions, including Bobbie Kelsey". Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
- "Record book" (PDF). University of Wisconsin. Retrieved 10 Aug 2013.
- Women's Basketball Historical Stats
- Wisconsin's Season Ends in 60-54 WNIT Loss
- Anderson Wins National Player of Year Award
- WNBA Drafts Jolene Anderson
- UW Women’s Basketball Team Names Annual Award Winners