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Varsity - March 7, 2013

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INSIDE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL BY DIANE NORDSTROM @BadgerWBBall SCHEDULE (11-18, 3-13) Last Five Feb. 14 Feb. 18 Feb. 23 Feb. 28 Mar. 3 #18 Purdue at Illinois at Northwestern #20 Nebraska at Michigan State L, 48-58 L, 53-60 L, 52-54 L, 53-55 L, 48-54 This Week Thursday vs. Illinois 2 p.m. at Big Ten Tournament Hoffman Estates, Ill. Paige, Gulczynski honored Badgers wrap up season at Big Ten tournament Wisconsin faces Illinois in first round A tough season will come to an end this week as the 11th-seeded Badgers face No. 6 seed Illinois in the first round of the 19th-annual Big Ten Tournament on Thursday. Wisconsin has been playing with only nine players since mid-December and the heavy minutes are taking a toll on the team. 56 » VARSITY MAR CH 7, 2013 The Badgers have lost their last five games, but have been within three points with less than four minutes to play in three of those losses. UW has been outscored 41-28 over the last five minutes of play in its last five games, including a 13-3 rally by then-No. 18 Purdue and a 7-2 advantage by then-No. 20 Nebraska. » Junior Morgan Paige was named third-team All-Big Ten by league coaches and media, while sophomore Jacki Gulczynski was a consensus honorable mention pick. Paige, a 5-foot-9 guard, ranks sixth in the Big Ten at 16.1 points per game. She has scored in double figures in 25 of 29 games this season, including eight games with 20 or more points. The Marion, Iowa, native scored a career-high 33 points in leading Wisconsin to an upset of No. 7 Penn State on Jan. 31. Paige has been UW's leading scorer in 18 games this season. Gulczynski, a 6-1 forward, is one of only three sophomores on the coaches' honor squad. She ranks second on the team at 12.6 points per game, with her average going up to 14.6 points per game in Big Ten play. The Carol Stream, Ill., native is also one of the team's top rebounders, averaging 5.9 boards per game. Gulczynski was also named the team's Sportsmanship Award recipient for displaying positive sportsmanship.

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