Wisconsin women's basketball 2021-22 season at a glance

Jeff Potrykus
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Junior guard Sydney Hilliard led UW in scoring with 15.5 points a game and was the only starter who had more assists than turnovers.

Badgers at a glance

Coach: Marisa Moseley (first season; 45-29, fourth season overall).

2020-2021 record: 5-19 overall, 2-18 Big Ten.

2020-2021 postseason: Did not qualify for the NCAA Tournament.

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Three players to watch

Sydney Hilliard (5-11, jr. G): Hilliard led UW in scoring (15.5 ppg) last season, was second in rebounds (5.3 per game) and was the only starter who had more assists (95) than turnovers (79).

Julie Pospisilova (6-0, jr. G): Pospisilova, from Prague, was the team’s third-leading scorer last season (8.9 ppg). She led the team in three-point shooting (36.6%).

Katie Nelson (5-8, gr. G): Nelson transferred from Boston University, where she started 103 games. She averaged 12.0 points and 4.3 assists per game last season.

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Reason to believe

Moseley was an assistant under Connecticut’s Geno Auriemma for nine seasons. She saw firsthand how to recruit talent and mold star players into a cohesive unit. She then rebuilt a foundering Boston University program and posted a 45-29 mark in three seasons. She is smart, personable and enthusiastic.

Reason to doubt

Moseley inherits a roster of players who are accustomed to losing and losing big. UW has finished below the .500 mark for 10 consecutive seasons has one NCAA berth in the last 19 seasons. The Big Ten is deep and Moseley will need time to make the program respectable again.