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Badgers sweep Purdue for first time since 1984


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Jan. 13, 2011

 Wisconsin 60, Purdue 46
Kohl Center • Madison, Wis.

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 Purdue (11-6, 2-3) 18 28 46
 Wisconsin (9-8, 4-1) 27 33 60
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 Statistical Leaders
 • Lin Zastrow: 21 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Blk
 • Tara Steinbauer: 17 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk
 • Alyssa Karel: 13 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk
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PUR WIS
 FG Percentage
.375 .411
 3-Point FG Percentage .375 .267
 FT Percentage .667 .769
 Offensive Rebounds
6 12
 Defensive Rebounds 24 22
 Total Rebounds 30 34
 Turnovers
19 12
 Second-chance points
10 19
 Points off turnovers
11 22
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MADISON, Wis. -- Led by a career-high performance from senior Lin Zastrow, the Wisconsin women's basketball team defeated Purdue 60-46 Thursday night at the Kohl Center. The win marked the first time the Badgers have swept the Boilermakers since 1984.

 Fast Facts
• Zastrow leads Badgers with first double-double of season
• Karel pulls down career-high eight rebounds
• Badgers score 22 points off turnovers

Zastrow tied her career high with 21 points and set a new career-best total with 11 rebounds, both were game highs. The double-double was her first of the season and third of her career.

Also helping the Badgers to an impressive offensive showing was senior Tara Steinbauer, who finished with 17 points. Marking her eighth-straight contest in double-figure scoring, senior Alyssa Karel chipped in 13 points.

Zastrow's rebound efforts which, paired with a career-high eight rebounds by Karel, buoyed the Badgers to a 34-30 advantage over Purdue on the glass.

Rebounds were not only a key defensive factor in the game as Wisconsin scored 19 second-chance points off offensive rebounds.

Although Wisconsin (9-8 overall, 4-1 Big Ten) put on an impressive showing offensively, it was the squad's defense that made the difference.

Three steals apiece from Karel and sophomore Tiera Stephen anchored the Cardinal and White as it tied its season-high with nine steals. The Badgers forced Purdue (11-6, 2-3) to turn the ball over 19 times while Wisconsin turned the ball over just 12 times, marking the sixth-straight game with 15-or-fewer turnovers.

In addition, Wisconsin held Purdue standout Brittany Rayburn, who entered the game as the team's leading scorer with 15.5 points per game, to zero points (0-for-7). The only other time the Boilermaker junior was held to zero points was in the second game of her freshman campaign.

Rayburn was not the only Boilermaker held to minimal scoring figures, Wisconsin held all but four members of Purdue's squad to under six points. Freshman Courtney Moses led the Boilermakers with 14 points while Drey Mingo added 12 points. Mingo and Sam Ostarello led Purdue with six rebounds apiece.

The Badgers held the Boilermakers to just 7-of-25 shooting (28 percent) in the first half to slate a 27-18 halftime advantage, marking Purdue's lowest first-half scoring performance of the season.

UW trailed 0-2 to begin the game, but answered with an eight-point run to lead 8-2 with 13:03 left in the half. The Badgers never gave up the advantage for the remainder of the contest.

Wisconsin was able to pull away in the second half when it went on a 12-0 run to lead 41-25 with 14:02 left to play.

The Badgers obtained their largest lead of the game when Steinbauer nailed back-to-back free throws, putting Wisconsin up 57-39 with 3:56 left in the contest.

Wisconsin finished with 41.1 percent accuracy from the field on 23-of-56 shooting, marking the Badgers' 11th game of the season where they have shot at least 40 percent. In addition, UW shot 76.9 percent from the line (10-of-13) to slate the Badgers' best free throw percentage in three games. 

Purdue shot 37.5 percent (18-of-48) from the field and 66.7 percent (4-of-6) from the line for the game.

Wisconsin returns to the floor to face Michigan at the Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Sunday. Tip-off is 1 p.m. (CT). Fans can catch all of the action live on BigTenNetwork.com.

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