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End of the Line: Wisconsin falls to Purdue in Big Ten tournament


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Wisconsin 3 Purdue 74, 11 Wisconsin 62
2013 Big Ten Tournament - Second Round
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36 26 62
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 • Tessa Cichy: 14 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Asst
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 FG Percentage .418 .443
 3-Point FG Percentage .333 .364
 FT Percentage .929 .842
 Offensive Rebounds 6 12
 Defensive Rebounds 23 26
 Total Rebounds 29 38
 Turnovers 14 10
 Assists 14 23
 Blocks 6 2
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March 8, 2013

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. --It was a fight until the end for the Badgers but a long season caught up to them in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament on Friday afternoon. Wisconsin held on to make it a close game, before falling to RV/No. 25 Purdue, 74-62, at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

The Badgers took a one-point lead into the locker room at halftime and then expanded it in the second half to challenge No. 3 seeded Purdue (22-8) to a tough ball game.

 Fast Facts
• Freshman Tessa Cichy scores career high 14 points
Jacki Gulczynski leads all players with 21 points
• Senior Tiera Stephen plays in final game at UW

After Wisconsin (12-19) jumped out to an eight point, 43-35, lead at 18:21 in the second half, the Boilermakers fought back to tie the game three times before taking a 47-45 lead at the 12:29 mark.

UW tied the game 47-47 two minutes later before Purdue's offense sprang to life. The Boilermakers used a 13-2 run to jump ahead 60-49 with six minutes remaining in the game.

A pair of 3-pointers by April Wilson gave the Boilermakers their largest lead of the game, 70-56, with 3:31 remaining and the Badgers were never able to recover.

After an ominous start that saw Cassie Rochel fall into foul trouble early and Purdue take a quick 8-0 lead, Wisconsin righted itself and fought back to tie the game, 16-16, at the 12-minute mark.

Purdue pulled away again, twice taking a seven-point lead, but the Badgers didn't relent. A layup by Tiera Stephen with two minutes remaining in first half got UW within one, 31-30, and a free throw by Jacki Gulczynski tied the game, 31-31, 30 seconds later. Gulczynski hit on a pair of free throws to give UW a 36-35 lead heading into the half.

Gulczynski finished with a game-high 21 points, posting a 4-for-4 performance at the free throw line. Cichy finished with a career-high 14 points in just her second career start. Senior Tiera Stephen, playing in her last game as a Badger, tallied 10 points.

The Badgers posted a 23-of-55 (41.8 percent) performance from the floor, shooting 3-of-9 (33.3 percent) from beyond the arc. Purdue shot 27-of-61 (44.3 percent), including a 4-of-11 (36.4 percent) performance from 3-point range.

Purdue was led by KK Houser with 15 points while Drey Mingo added 13 points.

Both teams shot 50 percent in the first half but dropped off in the second period. Wisconsin hit just 33.3 percent (9-27) while Purdue shot just 38.7 percent (12-31).

The Badgers continued their impressive performance from the free throw line, shooting 92.9 percent (13-14) from the charity stripe.

Wisconsin was outrebounded by Purdue, 38-29, partially due to playing a lineup that didn't include Rochel for most of the first half. Rochel played only 23 minutes in the game due to foul trouble.

Cichy tied her career high with a team-high six rebounds.  

Despite playing with a short lineup, Wisconsin kept up with Purdue down low, scoring 28 points in the paint. The Boilermakers had 12 offensive rebounds to score 15 second-chance points.

Purdue dished off 23 assists and had nine steals to force 14 Badger turnovers. Stephen led UW with four assists as the team dished off 14 dimes. Rochel continued her strong defense, tallying a game-high three blocks.

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