Greatest Wisconsin Badgers of All-Time: No. 37 Barb Franke

No. 37Barb Franke, Women’s Basketball

While the Wisconsin Badgers basketball program has struggled in big ways lately, that wasn’t the case back in the mid-1990’s and one can thank our pick at No. 37, Barb Franke, for that.

She not only left the school as the record holder for career points by a Badger (1,994), but she made an impact from the moment she stepped on the Madison campus. Franke was named the 1994 Big Ten Rookie of the Year after averaging 11.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. She also shot 54.2 percent from the field.

Things only got better from there, with Franke never averaging less than 18.9 points per game again in her career at UW. She was named first-team All-Big Ten in 1996 and was also named twice as an AP Honorable Mention All-American (1995, 1996).

One of the most impressive parts of her game was her consistency, as she started a record 114 consecutive games in her career (out of 114 possible games). That consistency helped Franke lead the Badgers to the NCAA tournament to three NCAA tournament bids.

To put that in perspective — Wisconsin has only made four other NCAA tournament appearances since Franke’s departure.

If there is a more important overall player in Wisconsin’s Women’s Basketball history, she would be one impressive woman.

Franke is currently an AAU coach back in her native Iowa with All Iowa Attack

Full 50 Greatest Badgers List:

No. 50Randy Jablonic
No. 49Alex Rigsby
No. 48Michael Lihrman
No. 47Howard “Cub” Buck
No. 46Don Davey
No. 45Pat O’Dea
No. 44Curtis Joseph
No. 43Dean Anderson
No. 42Ivy Martin
No. 41Ron Vander Kelen
No. 40Carly Piper
No. 39J.J. Watt
No. 38Joe Pavelski

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Andrew Coppens

About Andrew Coppens

Andy is a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). He is the Managing Editor of MadTownBadger and associate editor of Bloguin's World Cup site, as well as Publisher of Big Ten site