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Wurtz leads the way

ON WISCONSIN <b>Freshman Taylor Wurtz made five 3-pointers to lead UW past Michigan.</b>
Freshman Taylor Wurtz made five 3-pointers to lead UW past Michigan.

Jan. 10, 2010

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Freshman Taylor Wurtz came off the bench to score a career-high 27 points and grab a personal-best nine rebounds as the Wisconsin women's basketball team won its second-straight Big Ten game, defeating Michigan, 68-48, Sunday at the Kohl Center. The win evens the Badgers' Big Ten record at 3-3 and improves their overall mark to 13-4. Michigan falls to 10-6, 2-4 in the Big Ten.

Wurtz's 27 points are the most for a Badger this season and the most for a UW freshman since Jolene Anderson had 28 vs. Northwestern on Feb. 23, 2005. Wurtz made 8-of-11 field goals, including 5-of-7 treys, and went 4-of-6 from the free throw line. Her 28 minutes played were also a career best.

For the second-straight game, UW rode a strong second half to a victory. The Badgers outscored Purdue 36-20 in the second half in their 64-51 win on Thursday and outscored Michigan 42-26 after halftime today. After shooting 36.7 percent from the field in the first half, Wisconsin made 14-of-25 (.560) field goals in the second half. The Wolverines turned the ball over 10 times in the second half (14 total) as they became the seventh team to fail to crack 50 points against UW this season.

The Badgers used a 12-0 run early in the second half to break open a tie game. After Michigan scored the first two buckets after halftime, UW head coach Lisa Stone called a quick timeout and inserted Wurtz into the lineup. Lin Zastrow then gave Wisconsin the lead for good with a bucket inside off a nifty pass from Teah Gant. Wurtz scored the next six points on three free throws and a 3-pointer. Alyssa Karel scored her first bucket of the game to give UW a 10-point lead and Anya Covington capped the run with an offensive rebound and lay-in.

From that point on, UW never led by less than eight points. The Badgers put the game out of reach with an 11-0 run that gave them a 21-point lead with 5:43 to go in the game.

Sophomore Jade Davis was the only other UW player in double figures as she scored a season-high 10 points off the bench. Senior point guard Rae Lin D'Alie added eight points and tied a season-high with seven assists while junior Lin Zastrow scored nine points and added five boards. Wisconsin outrebounded Michigan 37-26 and turned the ball over just 12 times, its fewest since the second game of the season.

UW held a 26-22 lead at halftime, despite a scoreless half for the Badgers' leading scorer, Karel. Wurtz provided a spark off the bench, scoring 11 points and grabbing six rebounds in just 12 minutes. She made 4-of-5 from the field, including 3-of-4 3-pointers. Wisconsin never trailed in the opening frame but its largest lead was just six points.

Wisconsin takes to the road on Thursday to face No. 19 Michigan State at 6 p.m. CT. The Badgers defeated the Spartans 62-54 on Dec. 28 at the Kohl Center.

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