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Hot Start: Badgers open season with 66-41 win over Drake

Drake Wisconsin 66, Drake 41
Kohl Center • Madison, Wis. • Attendance: 3,361

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14 27 41
32 34 66
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 • Dakota Whyte: 18 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 9-16 FG
 • Michala Johnson: 16 Pts, 16 Reb, 2 Blk, 7-13 FG
 • Taylor Wurtz: 13 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 4-11 FG
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 FG Percentage .250 .382
 3-Point FG Percentage .190 .267
 FT Percentage .750 .833
 Offensive Rebounds 7 17
 Defensive Rebounds 27 32
 Total Rebounds 34 49
 Turnovers 15 13
 Assists 8 11
 Points in Paint 16 34
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Nov. 10, 2013

MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin women's basketball season finally tipped off Sunday afternoon and fans were treated to a big non-conference win over the Drake Bulldogs. Three Badgers scored in double-digits and fifth-year senior Taylor Wurtz scored her 1,000th career point in front of more than 3,000 fans at the Kohl Center.

Head coach Bobbie Kelsey posted her third-consecutive season opening win at the helm of the Badger program.

 Fast Facts
Taylor Wurtz passed 1000 career points
Bobbie Kelsey is 3-0 in season openers
• Three Badgers scored double-digits

"I'm proud of the kids," said Kelsey. "They really played well. Some spots we have to shore up, but I thought Dakota (Whyte) had a really good game. She's come such a long way from last year, and she's still learning, so she's going to get a lot better.

"Michala (Johnson) did what she always does, which is get rebounds and score, and Taylor (Wurtz) is a threat out there as well. A lot of the other kids contributed as well, but those three really had nice games for us. We're going to keep building on what we've seen tonight and improve."

Wisconsin (1-0) jumped out to a quick 6-2 lead over the Bulldogs (1-1) on six points from Johnson. The Badgers turned up the heat on offense and by the time Wurtz scored her 1,000th career point, at the 8:51 mark of the first period, the Badgers were up 21-7 over Drake.

The Badgers finished out the half with a 3-pointer by Jacki Gulczynski to take a 32-14 lead into the locker room.

Wisconsin kept its foot on the gas in the second half, accelerating to a 24-point lead following a pair of free throws by Johnson at the 17:32 mark. Johnson finished the game with career highs of 16 points and 16 rebounds, her first career double-double and her first in the Cardinal and White.

"They couldn't leave Michala one-on-one in the post, because she would score every single time," said Kelsey. "We're going to see that all year."

Whyte poured in 12 of her game-high 18 points in the second stanza as the Badgers rolled to a 66-41 win.

Wurtz finished with 13 points and seven boards, as the Badgers outrebounded the Bulldogs 49-34.

Wisconsin held the Bulldogs to just five field goals and a 17.9 shooting percent in the first half. Drake did not have any players score in double-digits.

UW shot 26-of-68 from the field (38.2 percent), going 4-of-15 (26.7 percent) from 3-point range.

The road beckons next as Wisconsin travels to Milwaukee on Thursday for a 7 p.m. tip off against the UWM Panthers from the Klotsche Center.

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