Game Notes vs. Purdue Jan. 7, 2010 Kohl Center, Madison, Wis.
Wisconsin beats Purdue for the first time since 2001, ending a streak of 13 straight victories by the Boilermakers. The win improves the UW to 6-1 in the Kohl Center this season.
UW scored 64 points against the Boilers, a team which gives up an average of 54.9 points per game. It was the Badgers’ highest point total in five games.
The Badgers were the first team all season to shoot better than 40 percent from the field against Purdue. Wisconsin shot 49.0 percent (24-of-49) for the game, including 68.4 percent (13-of-19) in the second half. The previous best was 39.4 percent (26-66) by No. 3 Notre Dame on Jan. 4.
Purdue scored just 20 points in the second half, a season low for UW opponents. The Boilermakers shot just 20.8 percent (5-of-24) from the field in the second period.
Tonight was the third game this season that the Badgers have had four players in double figures. Alyssa Karel led all players with 21 points by Tara Steinbauer added 13 points. Rae Lin D’Alie and Lin Zastrow added 11 and 10 points, respectively. Wisconsin is now 3-0 when it has four players in double digits.
Junior Tara Steinbauer recorded the fourth double-double of the season, leading the Badgers with 13 rebounds and adding 13 points. The 13 rebounds was a season high and only two short of her career best of 15. Steinbauer hit only the third 3-pointer of her season to end a nearly six-minute scoring drought. The 6-1 forward hit the trey with 4:32 to go in the first period, ending a 9-0 run by the Boilermakers and putting Wisconsin up 24-18.
After struggling with free throws their last four games, the Badgers went 11-of-15 (73.3%) from the line tonight, including 9-of-13 (69.2%) in the second half. In the previous four games, UW had been shooting just 55.6 percent.
The normally foul-prone Badgers finished with just 10 fouls in the game, five in each half. Wisconsin had been averaging 20 fouls per game over the last three games.
Junior Alyssa Karel was in double figures with less than seven minutes gone in the first half. The 5-7 guard scored 10 points in 6:20. She was 4-for-4 from the field, including 2-for-2 from 3-point range. Karel finished with a game-high 21 points, her sixth game this season with 20-or-more points. She shot a season-best 9-of-11 from the field, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range.
The Badgers’ jumped out to a 12-point lead (17-5) with 13:40 to go in the first half and held the lead until 10:28 (21-9) to go in the period. Purdue outscored Wisconsin 22-7 to take a 31-28 lead at the half. UW went on a 10-0 run to start the second and took its biggest lead of the game (48-35) with 8:40 to go.
Other Big Ten scores: Michigan def. Iowa, 63-46 (Ann Arbor, Mich.) Indiana def. Illinois, 50-48 (Bloomington, Ind.) Minnesota def. Northwestern, 73-65 (Minneapolis, Minn.)