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Varsity - February 28, 2013

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INSIDE WOMEN���S BASKETBALL BY DIANE NORDSTROM @BadgerWBBall SCHEDULE (11-13, 3-8) Last Five Feb. 7 Feb. 10 Feb. 14 Feb. 18 Feb. 23 at Ohio State L, 59-65 2ot Indiana W, 65-53 #18 Purdue L, 48-58 at Illinois L, 53-60 at Northwestern L, 52-54 This Week Thursday #20 Nebraska Sunday at Michigan State 7 p.m. 1 p.m. Up Next Mar. 7-10 at Big Ten Tournament Hoffman Estates, Ill. Badgers set to honor lone senior on Thursday Tiera Stephen plays in final home game F or senior Tiera Stephen, her final season will go down as the best year of her career. The 5-foot-7 point guard is the lone senior on the Badgers��� squad this season and will be honored in postgame ceremonies Thursday night. ���She does a lot for our team and we���d be a different group 46 �� VARSITY FEB R UA RY 28, 2013 without her out there,��� said head coach Bobbie Kelsey. Stephen transferred to Wisconsin after playing at Louisville her freshman season. She played a reserve role for the Badgers her first two years but this season has started 26 of 27 games at the point. The Akron, Ohio, native ranks among the top players in the Big Ten in assists and steals per game. Stephen is averaging season bests of 5.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.7 steals per game. She has 135 assists this season, more than her first three seasons combined, which ranks eighth on the UW season record list. Stephen also has 74 steals this year and needs nine takeaways to move into the top 10 on the season record list. Rochel tallies 100 blocks �� With four blocks at Northwestern on Feb. 23, junior Cassie Rochel went over the 100 career block mark. The 6-4 post has 101 blocks in her career, which ranks 10th on the UW all-time list. Amy Wiersma (1995-99) currently ranks ninth with 103 career blocks. Rochel is averaging 2.6 blocks per game this season, which leads the Big Ten and ranks 15th nationally. She has 67 blocks on the season, which ranks fourth on the UW season record list.

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