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Badgers run past Panthers in first road test of season

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Wisconsin Wisconsin 85, Milwaukee 60
Klotsche Center • Milwaukee, Wis. • Attendance: 1,086

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1st 2nd Final
32 53 85
28 32 60
 Statistical Leaders
 • Michala Johnson: 21Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Stl, 10-17 FG
 • Jacki Gulczynski: 14 Pts, 13 Reb, 6-11 FG
 • Taylor Wurtz: 13 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast
 Stats at a Glance
 FG Percentage .452 .333
 3-Point FG Percentage .429 .188
 FT Percentage .591 .563
 Offensive Rebounds 13 14
 Defensive Rebounds 39 32
 Total Rebounds 52 46
 Turnovers 6 9
 Assists 16 11
 Steals 5 2
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Nov. 14, 2013

MILWAUKEE -- Led by five players in double figures, the Wisconsin women's basketball team broke open the game in the second half and cruised to an 85-60 win over Milwaukee on Thursday night.

"We were happy we got the win tonight against a very scrappy Milwaukee team," said UW head coach Bobbie Kelsey. "They were very well prepared for us tonight and they did a very nice job on the boards and getting their scorer's in place to score.

"I'm not surprised that (Milwaukee) came out strong. I was more surprised that we didn't come out sharper."

After a tight first half in which the Panthers led by as many as seven points early, a 3-pointer by Dakota Whyte as time was running out put the Badgers (2-0) up 32-28 at the half.

 Fast Facts
• Five Badgers score in double figures
• UW improves to 2-0 for first time in Kelsey era
• UW's 53 second half points are most since 2007 season

That make sparked a quick start by the Badgers in the second period as Wisconsin outscored the Panthers (0-1) 7-2 to start the second half, taking a 39-30 lead with 16:32 to play.

Milwaukee cut the lead to four (39-35) at 15:29 on a layup by Christina Wakeman. But the Badgers took control from there.

Morgan Paige and Taylor Wurtz both converted on old-fashioned three-point plays as UW went on a 6-0 run to take a 45-35 lead with 13:38 to go. A lay-up by Angela Rodriguez ended the run before a 3-pointer by Jacki Gulczynski kicked off a 10-0 run to put the Badgers up 55-37 with 11:31 to play.

"We went into a four-out-and-one-in (offense) and the lane opened up," said Wurtz of the team's scoring run. "Mickey (Michala Johnson) is a huge presence in there so it was easy to find lanes when she's scoring down low."

Wisconsin led by as many as 30 points (82-52 with 2:36 to play) before subbing out its starters as all 12 eligible players saw action.

The five players in double figures was the first since 2009 against Iowa on Feb. 19. Junior transfer Michala Johnson led all players with 21 points while Gulczynski and Wurtz both recorded double-doubles. Gulczynski had a game-high 13 rebounds and added 14 points while Wurtz had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Whyte chipped in 11 points and Nicole Bauman contributed 10 points. Paige just missed double figures with nine tallies.

"With all the double-figure (scoring) people, when you leave somebody, we're going to knock it down and we did that tonight," Kelsey said.

After a slow start, the Badgers shot 45.2 percent (33-of-73) from the field, including 42.9 percent (6-of-14) from 3-point range. The Panthers, who had two players in double digits, led by Angela Rodriguez with 18, shot 33.3 percent (24-of-72) but just 18.8 percent (3-of-16) from behind the arc.

Neither team shot well from the line as Wisconsin hit 13-of-22 (59.1 percent) and Milwaukee shot 9-of-16 (56.3%).

It was a big rebounding game with the Badgers edging the Panthers 52-46 on the boards.

Wisconsin dished off 16 assists, led by a game-high six by Whyte, while turning the ball over only six times.

The Badgers trailed by seven points early, including a 14-7 deficit with 13:13 left in the first half. Wisconsin went on an 8-0 run to take a 15-14 lead at 9:23 on a layup by Wurtz. Johnson scored the next six UW points, putting the Badgers up 23-18 with 4:29 to play. A 3-pointer by Bauman and a layup by Gulczynski kept Wisconsin's lead at six (28-22) with 3:33 left.

The Panthers scored six straight to tie the score at 28 with 22 seconds left. Gulczynski drove and was fouled with three seconds to play. She made the first but missed the second as Bauman got the rebound and passed to Whyte, who hit a 3-pointer as time was running out to give Wisconsin a 32-28 lead the half.

"I think the biggest thing is that it's a great win and we're excited about that but we have to get back to practice since we face some really good opponents coming up here," said Wurtz. "We have to work hard in practice and focus hard and keep our goals in mind."

The Badgers return home to host Northern Illinois (1-1) on Sunday in the Kohl Center. Tip-off is at 2 p.m.

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