Jan. 31, 2010
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MADISON, Wis.-Northwestern used a strong second half to down the Wisconsin women’s basketball team 68-62 Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center. The Badgers led 32-27 at the half, but the Wildcats outscored UW 41-30 in the second period in the win.
Constantly changing their defense from a 2-3 zone, to man-to-man, to 2-1-2 zone and everything in between, the Wildcats kept the Badgers (16-6 overall, 6-5 Big Ten) on their toes in the first half of play.
Opening the second half with a 6-2 run, the Wildcats (13-9, 4-7) pulled within one point (34-33) of the Badgers in the first two minutes. When Northwestern’s Kendall Hackney capitalized on an and-one opportunity at the 16:55 mark, NU pulled ahead of the Badgers, 36-34, their first lead since early in the first half.
The Wildcats scored 22 points in the first eight minutes of the second half, grabbing a 10-point lead (48-38) with 13:38 to go. Northwestern’s largest lead (57-42) came with 10:28 to play.
With 2:41 remaining, the Badgers put on the press, immediately causing a turnover, but their efforts couldn’t stop the Wildcats’ offense as Northwestern finished the half 13-of-20 inside the arc and 3-of-6 behind the line.
Wisconsin outscored Northwestern 11-2 over the last 1:56 of the game to pull within five (67-62) but it was too little, too late as the Badgers drop just their third game at home this season.
The Badgers struggled against the Wildcat defense in the second half, scoring just 28 points. The ball wouldn’t drop as they went 12-of-26 inside the arc and just 1-of-6 (16.7 percent) outside the arc on the half.
The Wildcats finished at 51.2 percent (27-of-57) from the floor and 53.3 percent (8-of-15) from 3-point range. Both were season highs for UW opponents. Amy Jaeschke led Northwestern with 20 points and 10 rebounds while Hackney scored 16 points and Brittany Orban put up 11.
Northwestern’s 68 points ties for the second-most points scored against Wisconsin this season.
Junior Lin Zastrow led the Badgers with a career-high 19 points while Alyssa Karel notched 16 points. Rae Lin D’Alie put up 10 points as the UW lost its first game this season when it has three-or-more players score in double figures.
The Wildcats outrebounded the Badgers 31-24 as Teah Gant led UW with five rebounds. Wisconsin turned the ball over only 13 times while Northwestern gave up the ball 18 times. NU also made 75 percent of its free throws, going to the line 24 times and making 18.
Starting the game with a 10-3 point run, Wisconsin would lead by 14 points (24-10) with 6:02 to go in the half. The Wildcats turned things around with their 1-2-2 half-court pressure, outscoring the Badgers 13-6 over the last four minutes of the period. Northwestern cut the lead to just five (32-27) heading into the locker room.
Next, the Badgers will take on the Minnesota Gophers Feb. 4 at Minnesota. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.