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Purdue 18 Purdue 58, Wisconsin 48
Kohl Center • Madison, Wis. • Attendance: 4,008

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 Wisconsin 28 20 48
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 • Jacki Gulczynski: 19 Pts, 4 Reb, 35 Min
 • Nicole Bauman: 14 Pts, 4 Reb, 37 Min
 • Cassie Rochel: 9 Pts, 13 Reb, 7 Blks
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 FG Percentage .361 .340
 3-Point FG Percentage .438 .400
 FT Percentage .778 .667
 Offensive Rebounds 15 8
 Defensive Rebounds 26 25
 Total Rebounds 41 33
 Turnovers 10 14
 Assists 15 13
 Blocks 1 9
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Feb. 14, 2013

MADISON, Wis. -- Using a game plan that shut down the Badgers’ leading scorer, No. 18 Purdue was able to overcome the Wisconsin women’s basketball team 58-48 Thursday night at the Kohl Center. Purdue held Morgan Paige to just four points, her lowest offensive performance of the season.

In a first half that saw four lead changes, a layup by Paige with 2:15 remaining kicked off a 5-0 run by Wisconsin (11-14 overall, 3-9 Big Ten), giving the Badgers a 28-20 halftime lead.

 Fast Facts
• Rochel records a career-high seven blocks
• Gulczynski tallies 18th-straight double-digit scoring performance
• Paige held to season-low four points

It was the second half where the Badgers ran into trouble. Poor execution and the inability to close out the game cost Wisconsin the win according the head coach Bobbie Kelsey.

“Obviously we're a little disappointed in our play tonight,” said Kelsey. “We didn't execute as well down the stretch as we did the first half. I thought we played a great first half, but unfortunately the game is not done in the first half. If it was 20 minutes, we would have won that one, but it's not. We have to learn to close out games.”

Purdue (19-5, 8-3) opened up the second half with a 10-5 run to tie the game at 33-33 with 14:55 left to play. The Badgers took back the lead, reaching a four-point advantage on a 3-pointer by Jacki Gulczynski at 11:13, but an ensuing foul on Gulczynski, her fourth, ended Wisconsin’s momentum.

Playing Gulczynski, UW’s second leading scorer on the season, with three fouls was a risk the Badgers’ had to take.

“We take a chance, it's a calculated risk and she felt confident she could stay in with that third foul, and I felt confident that she could because she had done it before,” said Kelsey. “Maybe next time I will take her out, because now she has to build that trust back that I know she can do that without fouling. We depend on Jacki a lot and she knows she has to stay in the game.”

With Gulczynski on the bench and Paige with limited scoring opportunities, the Badgers saw their lead disappear as Purdue went on a 5-0 run to take a 43-42 lead with 9:04 to play. UW battled back to tie the game at 45 with 5:07 remaining but the Boilermakers took the lead for good with four minutes left on a jumper by Drey Mingo.

Gulczynski returned to the floor with six minutes remaining in the game, but her presence wasn’t enough to spark a Badgers’ run. Purdue outscored Wisconsin 10-3 in the final four minutes to claim the 58-48 victory.

Gulczynski finished the night with a team-high 19 points, her 18th-consecutive double-digit scoring performance of the season. Foul trouble limited the sophomore to just 35 minutes of action, her fewest minutes since playing 34 against Delaware State on Dec. 28, 2012.

Nicole Bauman finished with 14 points on 4-of-5 shooting from 3-point range. It was the most points for the freshman guard since scoring 15 against Iowa on Jan. 10, 2013.

Cassie Rochel tallied a career-high seven blocks and finished with a game-high 13 rebounds. She was just one point (nine) shy of her second-consecutive double-double.

Purdue was led by KK Houser’s 20 points on 5-of-9 shooting from 3-point range.  Drey Mingo chipped in 12 points and eight rebounds.

Wisconsin shot 16-of-47 (34.0 percent) from the floor, including 6-of-15 (40.0 percent) from 3-point range. Purdue shot 22-of-61 (36.1 percent), including 7-of-16 (43.8 percent) from beyond the arc.

The Boilermakers won the battle on the boards, pulling down 41 rebounds (15 offensive, 26 defensive) compared to the Badgers’ 33 (8, 25).

For the second-straight game, the Badgers finished with nine blocks, a season best.

Wisconsin hits the road for Big Ten play against Illinois on Monday, Feb. 18. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. and the game will air live on BTN.

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