MADISON, Wis. (PRESS RELEASE) – Three members of the University of Wisconsin women's basketball team were honored on the 2009-10 All-Big Ten Conference team and honors list. Lisa Stone was named the 2009-10 Big Ten Coach of the Year by her peers while junior Alyssa Karel earned second-team honors by both coaches and media. Senior Rae Lin D'Alie was named to the All-Big Ten third team by media and earned honorable mention honors by the coaches.
"It's a great honor but it's a program honor," said Stone of her award. "My assistants, my staff and my players – this is a team honor. I'm honored, but this is for the team."
Stone picks up her first Big Ten Coach of the Year award. She earned Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year honors at Drake in 2001 and was also a six-time Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.
Wisconsin was picked to finish 10th in a preseason poll of league coaches and the Badgers finished the regular season tied for second. UW leads the Big Ten in scoring defense and rebounding defense.
Karel, a 5-7 guard, leads the Badgers and ranks 11th in the Big Ten with 13.8 points per game. She needs just nine points to become the 20th 1,000-point scorer in Badger history. A native of St. Paul, Karel has scored in double figures in 23 of 29 games this season and has been the UW's leading scorer in 15 games. She has scored 20-plus points in seven games this season, including a season-high 23 points at Marquette. Karel earned honorable mention All-Big Ten as a sophomore.
D'Alie, a 5-3 guard, picks up her first All-Big Ten honors. She is tied for second on the team with 8.9 points per game. D'Alie leads the Badgers and ranks fourth in the Big Ten with 1.86 steals per game and also ranks ninth in the league with 3.52 assists per game. The Waterford, Wis., native set the UW career records for games played (129), consecutive games played (129) and games started (128) this season. D'Alie has double-figure scoring in 13 games, including a career-high 21 points at Penn State.