The Kohl Center in Madison, Wis., has been a pretty happy place for the Hawkeyes, with one exception.
Iowa has won eight of the last nine games there, including last season, an 85-79 overtime win.
But it was also the game Iowa lost Jaime Printy for the season with an ACL tear.
“I’ve talked with her about going there again,” Bluder said. “We know it wasn’t the place that caused the issue, but obviously I want to get into her mind a little bit and find out if she’s worried about that.
“We’ve had some really good memories at Wisconsin, and we need to focus on those type of memories instead of that one.”
In 2008, Iowa won at Wisconsin in the final game of the season to clinch a share of their last Big Ten title.
Iowa (12-4, 1-1) has won four straight in Madison and 10 straight in the series overall.
Wisconsin (8-7, 0-2) is improved from the team that won nine games a year ago, but is on a three-game losing streak.
“If you want to be successful in this league, you’ve got to do well on the road,” Bluder said. “And we have done well at Wisconsin in the past.
“I think it’s good that we are going to a place that we’ve had some success in the past.
“Like when you put on your most favorite pair of jeans, you feel better. It’s kind of like going there, we feel pretty good there.”
The last trip to Wisconsin ended up being sad with Printy’s injury, but it also helped start the eight-game winning streak that put Iowa into the NCAA Tournament.
Morgan Johnson scored 27 points and had 11 rebounds in that game. Logic had 20 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists playing in her home state.
Wisconsin is led this year by Marion native Morgan Paige with 16.5 points per game and Jacki Gulcynski at 11.0 points per game.
The Badgers are without senior Taylor Wurtz, who is taking a medical redshirt season. Sophomore AnnMarie Brown is out with a torn ACL.
“Those are two key kids we really counted on this year and needed,” Wisconsin coach Bobbie Kelsey said. “But we’re not going to make excuses.
“We need a third scorer, and we don’t have that. It hasn’t manifested itself as of yet.”
Wisconsin only has nine players and uses three freshmen off the bench. Freshman Nicole Bauman has started 10 games and had a career-high 16 points in a win over Marquette on Dec. 5.
Wisconsin is 6-2 at home this season and average 23 more points per game at home.
“I think Iowa’s a great team,” Kelsey said. “They’ve shown that they have the pieces in place to make you pay when you do make the mistake. So we’re going to try to eliminate and minimize our mistakes against them.”
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