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Badgers fall, 69-51, to hot-handed Washington State Cougars



Nov. 18, 2011

Washington State 69, Wisconsin 51
Kohl Center • Madison, Wis.
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 Washington State (2-1) 33 36 69
 Wisconsin (1-3) 27 24 51
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 • Taylor Wurtz: 17 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Stl
 • Morgan Paige: 10 Pts, 1 Stl, 36 Min
 • Ashley Thomas: 8 Pts, 5 Reb, 35 Min
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 FG Percentage .580 .333
 3-Point FG Percentage .300 .400
 FT Percentage .800 .813
 Offensive Rebounds 9 11
 Defensive Rebounds 23 14
 Total Rebounds 32 25
 Turnovers 17 9
 Assists 18 15
 Steals 11 7
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MADISON, Wis. -- With four players in double figures and a dominant second half, the Washington State Cougars (2-1) defeated the Wisconsin women's basketball team, 69-51, Friday night at the Kohl Center.

 Fast Facts
• Wurtz tied season-high with 17 points
• Wisconsin had a season-low 15 turnovers
• Four WSU players scored in double-digits

It was the third consecutive loss for the Badgers, dropping their record to 1-3.

Wisconsin started the game fast with a 12-2 run in the opening 4:26 of play. Taylor Wurtz and Morgan Paige were responsible for all 12 points.

"This was a tough game because I felt like we got off to a great start," head coach Bobbie Kelsey remarked. "We came out of the gate and really put the ball in the basket but then the cover came on and we couldn't find the rim."

The 10-point lead was soon erased when Jazmine Perkins hit a 3-pointer with 7:46 remaining in the first half to give the Cougars a 23-21 lead, which they never let go. After the Badgers tied the game 23-23 at 6:32, Washington State went on a 10-4 run to close out the first half, 33-27.

Washington State started the second half just as hot as it closed the first, going on a 14-0 run to take a 47-27 lead at 13:51.

The two runs were just too much for the Badgers to overcome as Washington State shot 58 percent from the field and scored 19 of their 69 points off of Badger turnovers.

"They were hot and we had some lapses defensively," said Kelsey. "I have not seen them shoot that well, but once you start hitting, everybody's hitting. On the other end, once you start missing, everybody's missing."  

Perkins lead the Cougars with a season-high 16 points and six rebounds while, Ireti Amojo recorded 12 points. Tia Presley added 11 points and April Cook netted 10.

Wurtz tied her season high with 17 points and was one rebound away from her fifth career double-double, while Paige scored 10 and Ashley Thomas put in eight.

The Badgers were outrebounded 32-25 and recorded nine assists to the Cougars' 18.

Wisconsin shot 33.3 percent from the field (17-of-51) and went 4-for-10 (40 percent) beyond the 3-point line. The Cougars shot 58.0 percent (29-50) and 30.0 percent (3-10) from behind the arc. From the free throw line, the Badgers went 13-16 (81.3 percent), while the Cougars went 8-10 (80.0 percent).

Wisconsin returns to action on Wednesday when they travel to Provo, Utah, to face BYU (1-2) for a 6 p.m. game at the Marriott Center.

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