Badgers snare Wildcats


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Jan. 30, 2011

Wisconsin 62, Northwestern 50
Welsh-Ryan Arena • Evanston, Ill.
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 Wisconsin (12-9, 7-2) 28 34 62
 Northwestern (14-8, 3-6) 25 25 50
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 Statistical Leaders
 • Alyssa Karel: 17 Pts, 2 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl
 • Lin Zastrow: 17 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Ast
 • Taylor Wurtz: 14 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast
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 FG Percentage
.440 .396
 3-Point FG Percentage .500 .348
 FT Percentage .889 .667
 Offensive Rebounds
3 6
 Defensive Rebounds 24 26
 Total Rebounds 27 32
 Turnovers
12 19
 Assists
15 15
 Steals
5 5
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EVANSTON, Ill. -- Led by the senior duo of Lin Zastrow and Alyssa Karel, the Wisconsin women's basketball team outscored Northwestern 20-5 over the last 10 minutes to pull out a 62-50 win.

The victory ties the Badgers for first place in the Big Ten Conference standings with Penn State at 7-2.

 Fast Facts
• Badgers outscore Wildcats 20-5 in last 10 minutes
Alyssa Karel and Lin Zastrow lead all scorers with 17
• Wisconsin improves to 7-2 in Big Ten play

"I thought our seniors really stepped it up again in the second half," said UW coach Lisa Stone. "Lin and Alyssa really took off and separated us.

"We went on a 20-5 run to end the game and the 20 is less important to me than the five.  We really held Northwestern at bay. Northwestern got some good looks but we are able to limit them to one shot and get the rebound."  

Zastrow scored nine of the UW's 20 points, including seven straight, to key the run. Northwestern (14-8, 3-6) led 45-42 with 10:39 left to play before the 6-foot-4 post went to work.

With Northwestern's 6-foot-5 Amy Jaeschke on the bench, Zastrow went inside, scoring two straight layins to put the Badgers up 46-45 with 8:08 on the clock. Zastrow added a 3-pointer from the top of key at 6:07 to give UW a 49-45 lead.

The Wildcats cut the lead to one (49-48) as Tailor Jones hit a trey with 5:51 to go but then Karel went to work, scoring five straight points. The guard hit a jumper and a 3-pointer, putting Wisconsin up 54-48 with 2:49 left. Zastrow added another layup in the paint to put the Badgers up 56-48 with 2:04 left in the game.

Northwestern scored a layup with 43 seconds remaining but the Wildcats were forced to foul, sending the Badgers to the line, where they made 6-of-7 to seal the win.

Zastrow and Karel both finished with 17 points to lead all scorers. Sophomore Taylor Wurtz added 14 points, all in the first half.

The Badgers shot 44 percent (22-of-50) from the field, including 50 percent (10-of-20) from behind the arc. Wisconsin also shot 88.9 percent (8-of-9) from the free throw line.

The Wildcats hit 19-of-48 (39.6 percent) from the field, including 8-of-23 (34.8 percent) from 3-point land. Northwestern was also 4-of-6 (66.7 percent) from the line.

Meshia Reed led NU with 13 points while Beth Marshall added 12 points. Jaeschke, who entered the game with a Big Ten-leading 23 points per game, finished with just 10 points but led all players with 11 rebounds. The Wildcats outrebounded the Badgers 32-27. Wisconsin was led by Wurtz and Jade Davis with seven rebounds apiece.

"Amy Jaeschke had only 10 points today and that was amazing," said Stone. "I credit our defense, not only Lin Zastrow but our entire team defense."

Both teams dished off 15 assists with UW's Tara Steinbauer leading all players with a career-high five dimes. The Badgers turned the ball over 12 times while forcing the Wildcats into 19 giveaways.

"We had a week to prepare and I thought our game plan was outstanding," said Stone. "This is a tough place to play against a really good team. Our team continues to grow and get better."

Wisconsin broke the game open in the second half after a tight first half. In the first period, the score was tied six times and the lead changed four times. The Badgers led 28-25 going into the locker room but the Wildcats outscored UW 8-2 to start the second period, taking a 33-30 lead with 14:51 to play.

The Badgers return home on Thursday, taking on 10th-ranked Michigan State at 7 p.m. in the Kohl Center.

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