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Badgers stumble in Big Ten opener at No. 25 Nebraska

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Wisconsin 25 Nebraska 70, Wisconsin 52
Devaney Sports Center • Lincoln, Neb. • Attendance: 5,182

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1st 2nd Final
26 26 52
 Nebraska 37 33 70
 Statistical Leaders
 • Cassie Rochel: 15 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Blk
 • Jacki Gulczynski: 13 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Blk
 • Tiera Stephen: 10 Pts, 6 Reb, 6 Ast, 3 Stl
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 FG Percentage .420 .404
 3-Point FG Percentage .200 .444
 FT Percentage .538 .857
 Offensive Rebounds 9 10
 Defensive Rebounds 25 24
 Total Rebounds 34 34
 Turnovers 20 13
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Jan. 2, 2013

LINCOLN, Neb. -- The Huskers scored the first five points of the night and Wisconsin found itself in a hole it couldn't quite get out of, suffering a 70-52 loss to No. 25 Nebraska at the Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb.

Wisconsin (8-6 overall, 0-1 Big Ten) fought back to bring the score within two, 24-22, with 3:04 remaining in the first half but wouldn't come any closer.

UW head coach Bobbie Kelsey was pleased with the Badgers' effort, but it was turnovers and fastbreak points that were Wisconsin's undoing.

"I was disappointed in our performance, but again, I thought our kids played hard." Kelsey commented. "We had too many turnovers that led to fastbreak points for Nebraska. We can't give up those and expect to win."

Nebraska (11-3, 1-0) scored 27 of its points off Badgers turnovers as Wisconsin ended the night with 20 giveaways.

Trailing 40-26 after the break, the Badgers fought back to bring the score within four, 43-39, with 13:33 remaining on a jumper by Cassie Rochel.

A pair of free throws by Nebraska's Linsdey Moore at the 11:21 mark started a Huskers run that pushed their lead to 19, at 68-49, and eventually ended the game with an 18-point margin of victory, 70-52.

Moore's free throws were just two of the senior guard's game-high 26 points. Moore finished the night 5-of-8 from 3-point range, a shooting performance that hurt the Badgers. As a team, Nebraska finished the night 12-of-27 from beyond the arc (44.4 percent).

Where Nebraska excelled, the Badgers struggled, shooting just 20 percent (3-of-15) from 3-point range.

Wisconsin finished with three players in double digits, led by Rochel's 15 points. Jacki Gulczynski chipped in 13, while Tiera Stephen added 10.

The Badgers shot 42 percent (21-of-50) from the field and were 7-of-13 (53.8 percent) from the charity stripe.

Nebraska shot 23-of-57 (40.4 percent) from the floor and 12-of-14 (85.7 percent) from the free throw line.

Struggling with a short bench, all nine available players saw action in the game for UW.

"There is a lot going on with our team with a short bench," Kelsey said.  "But, we've got to learn to take advantage of our opportunities when we have them and not pass up the open looks.

"Our kids played hard, I am proud of them, I am proud of the effort, but again it is not enough. We've got to work hard, play harder and coach harder."

Wisconsin returns home to the Kohl Center on Sunday to host Minnesota at 2 p.m. Fans are invited to participate in a chalk talk with Badgers coaches in the Nicolas Johnson Pavilion prior to the game.

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