Game Notes vs. Michigan Kohl Center, Madison, Wis. Jan. 10, 2010
Freshman Taylor Wurtz finished with a career-high 27 points, shooting 9-of-12 from the field, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range. Wurtz's 27 points ties her for 10th on the UW freshman single-game record list. Her point total is also a season-high for a Badger and she is only the second Wisconsin player to score 20-or-more points this season, joining Alyssa Karel. Wurtz played a career-high 28 minutes, tied her career-high with a game-high nine rebounds and added three assists and one block. Her five 3-pointers made was also a career best.
Sophomore Jade Davis came off the bench to score a season-high 10 points, the first double-figure scoring game of the season. The 5-9 guard was 3-of-3 from the field, including 2-of-2 from 3-point land. She also added two rebounds and two steals in 11 minutes of play.
Wisconsin got a season-high 41 points off the bench behind Wurtz's 27 points and Davis' 10 points. Michigan scored only eight points off its bench.
Junior Alyssa Karel was held scoreless in the first half and the start of the second, going 0-for-9 from the field. She didn't score her first bucket until there was 15:18 left in the game. The 5-7 guard finished with four points on 2-of-12 shooting.
The Badgers' 68 points today are the most in a Big Ten game this season and the 20-point margin of victory is the largest in a conference game. The 68 points also ties for the third most the UW this season.
Wisconsin didn't go to the free throw line until 16:30 left in the game. Taylor Wurtz was fouled on a 3-pointer and made 3-of-3 from the line. The Badgers finished 10-of-14 (71.4 percent) from the line, all in the second half.
The Badgers finished with 18 assists, the second highest total of the season, and turned the ball over only 12 times. Senior Rae Lin D'Alie led the UW with seven assists.Wisconsin has recorded more assists than turnovers in only three games this season.
Wisconsin won back-to-back Big Ten games for the first time this season and for the first time since early in the 2008-09 season. The Badgers defeated Minnesota in Madison, 62-52, on Dec. 29, 2008, and won at Illinois, 53-38, on Jan. 1, 2009.
Other Big Ten scores: Penn State def. Indiana, 77-71 OT (State College, Pa.) Purdue def. Northwestern, 53-42 (West Lafayette, Ind.)