The Wisconsin Badgers Women’s Basketball squad has had a spirited start to the ‘23-24 campaign, with some quality wins and close losses to high quality teams trading places on the way to a 7-4 record heading toward Big Ten play.
A big part of the new-look Badger attack is freshman D’Yanis Jimenez, a crafty, lockdown freshman point guard from Cape Coral, Florida.
Jimenez, the 108th ranked player in the 2023 class, was a high priority recruit for coach Marisa Moseley, and is already paying early dividends for the Badgers.
That includess just being named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, as Jimenez was coming off a dominant 20-point performance vs St. Thomas. She just followed this up with a 19-point, 11-rebound double-double in a 76-64 win over Eastern Illinois this week.
She’s already averaging 10.7 points per game (second on the team behind Serah Williams), shooting an impressive 43% from 3-point range, and sitting 13th in the Big Ten in FT % (just a few slots behind Caitlin Clark).
But, Jimenez might be impacting games the most with her high-level defense, which will be even more important for the Badgers during the gritty Big Ten season, where every team the Badgers play will feature quality scoring options at guard.
How the Badgers will finish in 2024 is anyone’s guess, but it seems clear that the product on the court is going to be fun to watch and that the program’s needle is pointed upward.
It’s also obvious that Jimenez is going to be a huge part of whatever success the program has this year and beyond.