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Badgers' offense goes cold in 65-56 loss to Iowa

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Iowa Iowa 65, Wisconsin 56
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 • Nicole Bauman: 15 Pts, 4 Stl, 4-4 FT
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 Offensive Rebounds 16 9
 Defensive Rebounds 29 16
 Total Rebounds 45 25
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Jan. 10, 2013

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MADISON, Wis. -- In a game that saw 11 ties and eight lead changes, all it took was one big stop to change the game. When Wisconsin (8-8 overall, 0-3 Big Ten) went cold, Iowa heated up, using a 14-0 run to claim a 65-56 victory at the Kohl Center Thursday night.

The game was back and forth in the first half of action with seven lead changes and four ties, but it was the Badgers who took the lead into the locker room off of a 3-pointer by Nicole Bauman with 16 seconds remaining.

The trend continued into the second half before the Badgers relinquished the lead at the 16:32 mark on a layup by Morgan Johnson.

UW tied the game six times, including at the 12-minute mark when Jacki Gulczynski hit a jumper to knot the score at 43. Johnson hit a shot at 11:38 to give Iowa (13-4, 2-1) the lead for good as Wisconsin would not score again until 3:53 was left on the clock.

The 8:07 scoring lull gave Iowa a 57-43 lead until Morgan Paige hit a 3-pointer with just under four minutes to play, stopping the Hawkeye run and making the score 57-46.

For head coach Bobbie Kelsey, it was that one big run that sealed the Badgers' fate. 

"They got loose under the basket a little of bit or kicked it out for a three and it kind of snowballed from there," Kelsey said. "I think it was only one big run there and then it got where we couldn't make our little run.

"We just let it get away from us. And our whole point is, every four minutes you have a timeout, to win those four-minute battles instead of looking at the game as a whole. It helps us to keep calm and keep within our game plan and what we are trying to do."

Free throws by Tiera Stephen and Bauman brought UW within seven (59-52) with 2:08 to play, but that was as close as the Badgers would come, falling 65-56.

Wisconsin finally got the offense it needed out of Bauman, as she overcame a zero-point performance against Minnesota on Jan. 6 to score 15 points against Iowa, just one shy of her career high. Bauman was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line, improving to 14-of-15 (93.3 percent) on the season.

It was a performance the Badgers need more often out of Bauman.

"Nicole can shoot, she's just unselfish and is always looking to pass," Kelsey said. "We need that third scorer. We need it consistently."

Paige led the Badgers with 18 points, while Stephen and Jacki Gulczynski chipped in 10 points apiece.

Iowa's offense was paced by Johnson, who finished the night with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Samantha Logic was one assist away from a triple-double, scoring 12 points, pulling down 10 rebounds and dishing off nine assists.

The Badgers were outrebounded, 45-25, pulling down nine offensive boards and 16 on the defensive end.

Wisconsin finished the night 18-of-54 (33.3 percent) from the floor, netting 9-of-26 (34.6 percent) from 3-point range. UW went 11-of-14 (78.6 percent) from the free throw line.

Iowa shot 38.2 percent (21-of-55), going 6-of-17 (35.3 percent) from 3-point range. The Hawkeyes were 17-of-18 (94.4 percent) from the charity stripe.

The Badgers continue Big Ten Conference action when they travel to Michigan on Sunday for a 1 p.m. tipoff. The game will air live on the Big Ten Network.

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