Badgers fall, 63-52, on the road at No. 18 Purdue


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Jan. 5, 2012


18 Purdue 63, Wisconsin 52
Mackey Arena • West Lafayette, Ind.
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 Wisconsin (4-11, 0-3) 25 27 52
 Purdue (13-3, 3-0) 36 27 63
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 • Anya Covington: 19 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Blk
 • Cassie Rochel: 5 Pts, 8 Reb
 • Jade Davis: 10 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast
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 FG Percentage .344 .404
 3-Point FG Percentage .188 .364
 FT Percentage .778 .773
 Offensive Rebounds 15 9
 Defensive Rebounds 25 27
 Total Rebounds 40 36
 Turnovers 21 17
 Assists 10 14
 Steals 7 13
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Anya Covington tied a career-high with 19 points, but it wasn't enough to lead the Wisconsin women's basketball team past No. 18 Purdue. The Badgers fell 63-52 in their first Big Ten Conference road game of the season. With the loss, UW falls to 4-11 overall (0-3 Big Ten), while the Boilermakers improve to 13-3 (3-0).

 Fast Facts
• Covington ties career-best with 19 points
• Rochel pulls down eight boards
• Badgers start 0-3 in Big Ten

Despite the loss, head coach Bobbie Kelsey was proud of the Badgers' perseverance. "I was very proud of my team tonight," Kelsey said. "They really battled in a tough game against a very good opponent, a very worthy opponent, a ranked opponent. We just came up short. I was really encouraged by the effort and the perseverance that they showed."

A jump shot by Morgan Paige at 15:15 gave Wisconsin its first lead of the game, 8-7, but Purdue reclaimed the lead, 9-8, just over a minute later on a jumper by Brittany Rayburn. The Boilermakers went on a 10-2 run, taking a 17-10 lead with 11:42 to go in the half. A 6-2 Purdue run extended the Boilermakers lead to 11 (23-12) with 8:12 remaining.

A basket by Jacki Gulczynski at 3:15 brought the Badgers within eight, 30-22, before a 6-0 run by the Boilermakers extended their lead to 14, 36-22. A 3-pointer by Tiera Stephen with two seconds left ended the half 36-25 in favor of Purdue.

A jump shot by Covington opened up the second half of play, cutting the Boilermakers' lead to nine, 36-27. A 5-0 run by the Badgers, capped off by a bucket by Jade Davis, cut Purdue's lead to six, 50-44, at 10:24.

The Boilers' lead went back up to 10 (54-44) but the UW cut the lead to 54-47 at 7:21 on a 3-pointer from Gulczynski. After a bucket from Purdue's Sam Ostarello at 6:07 to make the score 56-47, neither team scored for nearly five minutes. The Boilermakers outscored the Badgers 7-2 before a 3 pointer from Paige with 23 seconds left made the final 63-52.

Covington lead all scorers with 19 points and Cassie Rochel, who missed the last 15 minutes of the game after suffering a nose injury, led the Badgers with eight rebounds. Wisconsin was 21-of-61 (34.4 percent) from the field, including a 3-of-16 (18.8 percent) performance from 3-point range. The Badgers went 7-of-9 (77.8 percent) from the free throw line.

Purdue was 21-of-52 (40.4 percent) from the floor and 4-of-11 (36.4 percent) from beyond the arc. The Boilermakers went to the free throw line 22 times, making 17 (77.3 percent.).

Wisconsin outrebounded Purdue, 40-36, including 15 offensive boards, but committed 21 turnovers. The Boilermakers had 13 steals and turned the ball over 17 times.

The Badgers continue their Big Ten road trip on Sunday with a visit to Champaign, Ill., for a 2 p.m. game against the Illini.

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