Strong second half propels Badgers


ON WISCONSIN <b>Alyssa Karel</b>
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Alyssa Karel
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Jan. 7, 2010

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The Wisconsin women’s basketball team opened the second half with a 12-0 run to overcome a three-point halftime deficit and defeat Purdue, 64-51, Thursday night at the Kohl Center. The win improved the Badgers’ record to 12-4, 2-3 in the Big Ten, while Purdue dropped to 7-8, 2-2 in the league.

The victory was UW’s first over the Boilermakers since 2001, snapping a 13-game UW losing streak to the Boilermakers.

Alyssa Karel led four Badgers in double figures with a game-high 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting. It was her fifth 20-point outing in the last seven games. Tara Steinbauer recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 13 points and a season-high 13 rebounds while Rae Lin D’Alie added 11 points and Lin Zastrow had 10. It was the third time this season UW had four players score in double figures. Wisconsin, which shot 49.0 percent (24-of-49) from the field, is the first team to make more than 30.0 percent of its shots vs. Purdue this season.

UW, which entered the game leading the Big Ten in scoring defense, limited an opponent to fewer than 60 points for the 13th time this season. PU’s 51 points tied its second-lowest output of the season. Purdue shot a season-low 30.6 percent (15-of-49) from the field but stayed in the game with 17-of-18 shooting from the free throw line. Brittany Rayburn led the Boilermakers with 13 points.

Trailing 31-28 at halftime, UW came out on fire to start the second half. The Badgers made their first four field goal attempts to take a 36-31 lead and force Purdue to call timeout. The stoppage didn’t slow down Wisconsin as it made two more baskets and held Purdue without a point until the 14:09 mark.

UW eventually stretched its lead to 13 points, 48-35, with 8:40 left in the game, making it a 20-4 run to open the half. Purdue never got closer than seven points the rest of the way as the Badgers made 9-of-12 free throws over the final 2:58.

In the second half, UW made 13-of-19 (.684) field goals while Purdue was just 5-of-24 (.208) from the field. The Boilermakers’ 20 points in the second frame was the lowest output by a Badger opponent this season.

Wisconsin jumped out to a 19-7 lead in the first nine minutes of the game as Karel had 10 points. The Badgers made seven of their first 11 shots while Purdue was just 3-of-10 with six turnovers in the early going.

The Boilermakers played a 2-3 zone for much of the first 10 minutes but then switched to a zone press with more pressure in the half court. UW, which was leading 19-9 when Purdue changed defenses, struggled with the switch. The Boilermakers outscored the Badgers 22-9 the rest of the way to take a 31-28 lead into halftime.

Wisconsin’s next game is vs. Michigan on Sunday at the Kohl Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. CT.

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