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Badgers open season with 68-51 win at Milwaukee



Nov. 11, 2011

Wisconsin 68, Milwaukee 51
Klotsche Center • Miwaukee, Wis.
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 Wisconsin (1-0) 28 40 68
 Milwaukee (0-1) 22 29 51
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 • Taylor Wurtz: 17 Pts, 14 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl
 • Anya Covington: 12 Pts, 6 Reb
 • Jade Davis: 10 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast
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 FG Percentage .446 .375
 3-Point FG Percentage .286 .222
 FT Percentage .824 .455
 Offensive Rebounds 15 7
 Defensive Rebounds 33 17
 Total Rebounds 48 24
 Turnovers 18 17
 Assists 14 10
 Steals 8 3
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MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- Led by four players in double-digits and a strong night on the boards, the Wisconsin women's basketball team opened the season with a 68-51 win over Milwaukee Friday night. First year head coach Bobbie Kelsey kicks off her coaching career with a win.

"We are very glad we got the win tonight," Kelsey said. "It was a tough game. It was a good game for use to start the off the season with. We will learn a lot from this game, both good and bad."

 Fast Facts
• Wurtz records third career double-double
• UW out-rebounded UWM, 48-24
• Kelsey earns first win

Both teams stuttered out of the gate, exchanging points and leads the first 12 minutes. With the score tied at 13-13 and 7:12 remaining in the first half, a 3-pointer by Jade Davis broke the stalemate and gave UW the lead for good. First-half foul trouble may have contributed to the sloppy play early as both teams used multiple lineups.

More controlled play gave the Badgers a six-point, 28-22, halftime lead. Anya Covington and Ashley Thomas paced Wisconsin in the first half with six points each.  The Badgers shot just 37 percent  (10-of-27) from the field in the first half.

Wisconsin returned from the break and began separating itself from the Panthers. A 3-pointer by Morgan Paige 1:26 into the half gave UW a seven-point (31-24) lead. A 3-pointer by Taylor Wurtz at the 15:38 mark gave the Badgers their largest lead at that point, 38-30.

The most pivotal point of the game came with 8:07 remaining when UWM's Courtney Lindfors recorded her fifth foul of the game. Wisconsin's lead had dwindled to five (46-41) and Lindfors had accounted for  13 of Milwaukee's points. Her departure from the game opened up the floor for the Badgers and UW pounced on the opportunity.

Led by Davis' seven points in the final five minutes, the Badgers went on a 20-10 run to end the game.

Wurtz led all players with 17 points and 14 rebounds for her third career double-double. Covington added 12 points while Davis and Ashley Thomas both chipped in 10 points. Thomas scored a career best and also pulled down a career high six rebounds. Covington was second on the team with eight boards as Wisconsin outrebounded Milwaukee 48-24.

"We always work on rebounding," remarked Kelsey. "That's an everyday thing. I didn't realize we out rebounded them by that much. Every time I looked up, they were getting a loose ball. It was nice, but I want more."

The Badgers shot 51.7 percent (15-of-29) in the second half to improve to 44.6 percent (25-of-56) for the game. Milwaukee shot just 37.5 percent (21-of-56) for the game.  Wisconsin went to the line 17 times in the game, making 14 (82.4 percent) while the Panthers were just 5-of-11 (45.5 percent) from the charity stripe.

Wisconsin dished off 14 assists, led by five from Wurtz, and turned the ball over 18 times.

Wisconsin opens its home season on Sunday vs. Oral Roberts (1-0). Tip-off is at 2 p.m. from the Kohl Center.

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