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Badgers extend winning-streak to five games



Jan. 2, 2011

Wisconsin 77, Penn State 62 
Kohl Center • Madison, Wis.
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 Penn State (12-4, 1-1) 29 33 62
 Wisconsin (7-7, 2-0) 36 41 77
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 • Alyssa Karel: 23 Pts, 2 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl
 • Tara Steinbauer: 18 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast
 • Taylor Wurtz: 14 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast
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.463 .519
 3-Point FG Percentage .333 .571
 FT Percentage .818 .789
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6 5
 Defensive Rebounds 22 23
 Total Rebounds 28 28
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7 17
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MADISON, Wis. -- For the first time since 2001-02, the Wisconsin women's basketball team opened the Big Ten Conference season 2-0 after defeating Penn State 77-62 at the Kohl Center Sunday afternoon.

 Fast Facts
• Badgers dish season-high 17 assists
• Wisconsin extends winning-streak to five games
• UW notches second-straight Big Ten victory

The Badgers (7-7 overall, 2-0 Big Ten) had four players score in double figures for the second straight game to extend the team's winning streak to five games.

Senior Alyssa Karel led all scorers with 23 points and senior Tara Steinbauer added 18 points while sophomore Taylor Wurtz and junior Jade Davis chipped in 14 and 10 points, respectively.  Wurtz pulled down a game-high nine rebounds, just missing her third career double-double.

Helping the four Badgers reach double-digits was senior Lin Zastrow, who finished with a career-high six assists to lead the team to a season-high 17 assists.

Wisconsin shot 51.9 percent (27-of-52) from the field, including 57.1 percent (8-of-14) from 3-point range.  The Badgers also shot 78.9 percent (15-of-19) from the free throw line.

It was UW's defensive effort that was a key factor in the victory. Penn State entered the contest as the Big Ten leader at 43.9 percent accuracy from 3-point range and the Badgers held PSU to just 33.3 percent (3-of-9) shooting from beyond the arc. The Lions shots 46.3 percent (25-of-54) from the field and 9-of-11 (81.8 percent) from the line.

Wisconsin's defensive efforts also forced the Lady Lions to turn the ball over 19 times, allowing the Badgers to convert 25 points off PSU giveaways. Wisconsin finished with 15 turnovers, marking its third-straight game with 15 or fewer turnovers.
The game-lead changed three times in the first half, but Wisconsin slated a 36-29 advantage at halftime and never gave up the lead for the rest of the contest.  

The Badgers trailed 10-4 with 14:29 left in the first half before going on an 11-0 run to take a 15-10 lead with 11:09 left in the half.

Wisconsin took its greatest lead of the first half when Karel converted and was fouled on a field goal. The co-captain made the free throw to convert a three-point play and give Wisconsin a 34-22 lead with 2:36 left in the half.

The Lady Lions outscored the Badgers 7-2 in the final 2:36 of the first frame.

In the second half, Wisconsin obtained its second-greatest advantage of the contest with 9:25 left in the game when Zastrow dished the ball to Steinbauer in the paint for a two-point conversion and the 62-46 lead.

The Badgers matched the 16-point lead two more times, with 1:09 left in the game (74-58) and with 29 seconds left on the clock (76-60), before Steinbauer sealed her second of two free throws to give Wisconsin its greatest lead of the game 77-60, 29 seconds before the game-buzzer sounded.

The last time Wisconsin opened the Big Ten season with two wins was in 2001-02 when the Cardinal and White defeated then-No. 7 Purdue 71-59 and Iowa 68-61 on Dec. 28, 2001 and Dec. 30, 2001, respectively.

Wisconsin's five-game winning streak is its longest since the 2008-09 squad put together 10 straight wins (Nov. 20, 2008-Dec. 13, 2008). However, all 10 games were non-conference victories.

The Badgers return to the floor on Thursday in East Lansing, Mich., to take on the Michigan State Spartans at 6 p.m. (CT).

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