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Late rally falls short as season ends



March 20, 2011

  Illinois State 62, Wisconsin 59  
WNIT - Second Round
Kohl Center • Madison, Wis.

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 Illinois State (22-10) 29
 Wisconsin (16-15)  28
31 59
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 • Alyssa Karel: 24 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast
 • Lin Zastrow: 18 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast
 • Anya Covington: 9 Pts, 6 Reb
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.404 .393
 3-Point FG Percentage .333 .308
 FT Percentage .870 .579
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7 10
 Defensive Rebounds 28 22
 Total Rebounds 35 32
10 7
 Turnovers 16 12
7 9
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MADISON, Wis. -- Despite a furious comeback that saw the Badgers cut a nine-point deficit to one in the final seconds, the Wisconsin women's basketball team's season came to an end with 62-59 loss to Illinois State in the second round of the WNIT Sunday at the Kohl Center. UW finishes with a 16-15 record while Illinois State improves to 22-10 and moves on to the third round.

Illinois State led 55-46 before senior guard Alyssa Karel started UW's run with a jumper in the lane with 3:02 to go. Karel then made three free throws and classmate Lin Zastrow scored down low to bring the Badgers within 56-53 with 1:49 left.

 Fast Facts
• Badgers cut 9-point deficit to one with under 10 seconds left
• Karel's 3-pointer to tie hits front rim with 3 seconds left
• Karel scores game-high 24 points and finishes career with 1,476 points

The teams then traded misses before Illinois State's Hannah Spanich was fouled and converted a pair of free throws with 32 seconds left. Karel answered with a quick layup but ISU broke the Badgers' press and converted a layup of its own.

Down five (60-55) with less than 20 seconds to play, UW would not give in. Karel drained a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left to cut the lead to two points and a turnover by Illinois State on the ensuing inbounds play gave the Badgers a chance.

Freshman guard Morgan Paige was fouled driving to the basket but could convert only one free throw. Spanich made two more free throws after a Paige foul with six seconds left but Karel had one last chance to send the game to overtime. Her deep 3-point attempt with three seconds left bounced off the front iron, though, thwarting the Badger comeback.

Karel led all scorers with 24 points, her eighth 20-point game of the season. Her career ends with 1,476 points, good for 12th place on UW's all-time list. Zastrow chipped in with 18 points to give her 1,053 career points, good for 20th.

Wisconsin looked to be in control, opening the second half with an 11-4 run, punctuated by a Jade Davis 3-pointer. That gave the Badgers a 39-33 lead with 14:17 left. UW hit a scoring drought, though, as Illinois State scored the next eight points to jump back ahead. Karel's jumper ended a five-minute dry spell and tied the game at 41-41. The game was tied again, at 46-46, on Zastrow's tip-in off a miss by Taylor Wurtz.

That's when the Badgers went cold again, going four minutes without scoring a point. During that time, Illinois State scored nine straight points, to take a 55-46 lead with 3:51 left and set the stage for UW's late push.

A tight first half featured seven ties and seven lead changes. The Badgers jumped out early, scoring eight of the game's first 10 points. Illinois State then used a 9-2 run of its own to take an 11-10 lead with 12:14 left. Neither team led by more than three points the rest of the half and a bucket by Anya Covington with 13 seconds left before break cut the Redbirds' lead to one going into the locker room.

Both teams struggled from the field as Illinois State shot 40.4 percent (19-47) and the Badgers shot 39.3 percent (22-56). Neither team shot well from beyond the arc as the two teams combined to make just 8-of-25 treys (.320).

One of the big difference came at the charity stripe as Illinois State connected on 20-of-23 free throws (.870) while Wisconsin went 11-of-19 (.579) from the line, including missing the front end of the 1-and-1 twice down the stretch.

Illinois State also outrebounded the Badgers 35-32 and had five offensive rebounds in the last 11 minutes.

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