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Scoring woes and turnovers prove costly for Badgers in loss at Marquette

Nov. 15, 2011

Marquette 54, Wisconsin 52
Al McGuire Center • Milwaukee, Wis.
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 Wisconsin (1-2) 23 29 52
 Marquette (2-0) 23 31 54
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 Statistical Leaders
 • Anya Covington: 11 Pts, 11 Reb, 36 min
 • Morgan Paige: 16 Pts, 32 min
 • Taylor Wurtz: 14 Pts, 6 Reb, 36 min
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 FG Percentage .314 .352
 3-Point FG Percentage .286 .200
 FT Percentage .778 .813
 Offensive Rebounds 11 12
 Defensive Rebounds 23 21
 Total Rebounds 34 33
 Turnovers 19 16
 Assists 9 11
 Steals 6 6
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MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- Despite leading 49-46 with a little over two minutes remaining, the Wisconsin women's basketball team couldn't hold on, falling to Marquette 54-52 in Milwaukee on Tuesday night.

 Fast Facts
• Covington records double-double
• Paige scores career-high 16 points
• Badgers outrebound third-straight opponent

Sophomore Morgan Paige scored two of her career-high 16 points to put the Badgers up 49-46 with 2:37 left to play in the game. The Golden Eagles pulled within one (49-48) with 2:10 to play off a layup from Gabi Minix while Katherine Plouffe sank two free throws to give Marquette a 50-49 lead with 1:45 to go.

Sarina Simmons, who finished with a game-high 23 points, scored a layup with 46 seconds to play, giving Marquette a 52-49 lead. The Badgers turned the ball over and missed a 3-pointer with five seconds left, giving the Golden Eagles the ball back. Simmons added two free throws with five seconds on the clock while Wisconsin's Jade Davis added a 3-pointer as time ran out for the final. 

With the loss, Wisconsin falls to 1-2 on the young season, while Marquette improves to 2-0.

In addition to Paige, Taylor Wurtz added 14 points for the Badgers. Anya Covington recorded her first double-double of the year with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

The Badgers were 16-of-51 (31.4 percent) from the floor and 6-of-21 (28.6 percent) from beyond the arc. Paige was 5-of-9 from the field, including 1-of-4 from deep. Wisconsin went 14-of-18 (77.8 percent) from the line.

Marquette shot 35.2 percent (19-of-54), hitting 3-of-15 (20 percent) from 3-point range. The Golden Eagles were 13-of-16 (81.3 percent) from the free throw line. Marquette was 11-of-13 (84.6 percent) from the line in the second half.

After committing 12 turnovers in the first half, Wisconsin settled down and had just seven in the second half of play.

The Badgers outrebounded their third-straight opponent of the season, finishing with a 34-33 advantage.  

After taking a quick 3-2 lead at 19:19, Wisconsin's offense stumbled, failing to score until a layup by Wurtz at 12:21 moved the numbers.

Marquette's lead hit nine points, 19-10, with 8:11 remaining, but the Badgers began fighting back. Led by a free throw from Paige at the 4:32 mark, the Badgers went on a 13-4 run to close out the first half tied at 23. Seven of UW's 13 points came from the free throw line.

Despite Simmons scoring the first points of the second half, Jade Davis and Wurtz hit 3 pointers to give Wisconsin its largest lead (31-25) with 18:04 left to play.

Marquette fought back and tied the game, 32-32, at 14:33, but a 3-pointer by AnnMarie Brown gave the Badgers back the lead. A 3-pointer by Simmons at 13:19 tied the game again, 35-35, before a baskets by Covington and Cassie Rochel put Wisconsin up four (39-35) with 11:41 to play.

The Badgers led by four points three more times, including at 47-43 with 4:25 on the clock, before Marquette rallied for the win.

Wisconsin returns to the Kohl Center on Friday for a 7 p.m. tip-off with Washington State. Fans can catch all of the action live online at UWBadgers.com.

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