The Wisconsin women, who lost the national championship game on Monday, have another chance at the Big 12 title game, which will be played at the end of the month.
The conference, which was founded in 1970, had been playing in a two-game format since 2003 and will be hoping to regain momentum in the final three weeks of the season after a disappointing season.
The winner of the two games will advance to the conference championship game, in which the conference champions play the winner of Oklahoma State-Oregon-Oklahoma in the semifinals.
If the conference wins its first game of the championship, the winner will be in the running for the national title.
The Big Ten championship game is scheduled for Dec. 1 at home.
The conference’s three other games are scheduled for March and April.
Wisconsin coach Laurie Van Horn said Monday the Badgers have to stay focused.
“We’re not going to be afraid to lose,” she said.
“That’s our biggest concern right now.
We’re not afraid to make mistakes.
We just have to be patient and be patient.
We have to come back stronger every week.”
The Badgers had been trying to avoid a loss to Oklahoma State in the title game but fell short after a 5-3 overtime loss in which Oklahoma State scored twice in the first half and the Badger defense had a hard time making a play.
“It was a disappointing result for our team, but I think we had the guys on the right track,” Van Horn told the Wisconsin State Journal.
“The Badger players came through in the second half, and we’re confident in our young girls.
They are a very physical team. “
Wisconsin is a tough team to play against.
They are a very physical team.
They have an unbelievable speed and quickness.”
Oklahoma State was led by senior forward Sarah Luebke and junior forward Brittany Stolz, both of whom scored goals.
Stolwiers’ tally was her fifth of the year, tying her career high.
She added a goal in the fourth period.
Stoebs had three goals and two assists.
The Sooners led 3-1 at the break, but Wisconsin came back to tie the game with a goal from Luebs and a goal by sophomore forward Amanda Lebner in the third period.
Wisconsin won the third and fourth periods to pull ahead 3-2.
Oklahoma State came back with a power-play goal in regulation and then scored on a breakaway from Stoebers.
The Badgers made it 5-2 with 2:42 remaining.
Stoebs scored on her first shot in the game, and Lebners scored the game-winner when the score was tied at 4-4.
“When I see her out there, I’m not sure what I’m going to see, but she’s a really talented player,” Vanhorn said.