Spartans look to dethrone Badgers
The last time the No. 11 MSU women’s basketball team met Wisconsin, the Spartans ran away with a 62-43 victory.
The Badgers were no match for the Spartans.
Last time out, the Spartans owned the boards, outrebounding the Badgers, 45-21. In fact, junior forward Lykendra Johnson and senior forward Kalisha Keane combined for 23 rebounds — more than the entire Badgers team.
However, this time around dominating the paint might not be as simple for MSU. The Badgers were without Lin Zastrow, who since her return has moved to 15th in scoring, 10th in rebounding and 2nd in field goal percentage in the Big Ten.
“I think it’s going to be a different look with Zastrow back in the lineup and she gives them a different phase in the post,” Johnson said. “She’s very versatile and she’s very left-handed so we just got to do what we can to contain her and keep her off the boards.”
Junior forward Taylor Alton said she has never won at Kohl Center and knows that containing Zastrow will be a challenge.
“She adds size,” Alton said. “That can be an advantage for them and it is an advantage. We’re going to look to take her off the dribble. Lykendra’s a great inside-outside player, so we’re really going to exploit her and take her away from what she likes to do best.”
The Badgers nearly have been unbeatable at Kohl Center and not just their women’s basketball team. Wisconsin men’s basketball, men’s hockey, women’s hockey and women’s basketball have combined to put together a 25-game home win streak.
Alton said putting an end to that would “feel amazing.”
“Not only the fact of beating them at home, but kind of declaring where we are in the Big Ten.” she said. “We’re just really going after this title and want to bring them down.”