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Badgers can't hold on in 60-55 loss to Washington

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Washington Washington 60, Wisconsin 55
Kohl Center • Madison, Wis. • Attendance: 3,425

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 Wisconsin 29 26 55
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 • Taylor Wurtz: 11 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Blk
 • Morgan Paige: 11 Pts, 4-4 FT, 1 Blk
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 FG Percentage .355 .368
 3-Point FG Percentage .375 .200
 FT Percentage .588 .889
 Offensive Rebounds 20 15
 Defensive Rebounds 21 23
 Total Rebounds 41 38
 Turnovers 15 22
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Nov. 21, 2012

MADISON, Wis. -- In a game that saw seven lead changes, it was the final change that hurt the Wisconsin women's basketball team Wednesday night at the Kohl Center. The Badgers watched as Washington took the lead with 6:31 to go and then ran away with a 60-55 win.

 Fast Facts
• The game saw seven lead changes
• Three Badgers scored 11 points: Wurtz, Brown & Paige
• Wurtz needs just 16 points to reach the 1,000 career mark

Wisconsin (2-2) led most of the game, going ahead by 10 at the 15:13 mark in the first half and by eight at 13:01 in the second half, but couldn't maintain any consistency and Washington (3-1) was never far behind.

It was the inconsistency that plagued the Badgers

"A lot of the things we could control we didn't, and that team took advantage of it," UW head coach Bobbie Kelsey said.

"There was just a stretch there where we weren't guarding very well off the little handoff drive they do, and kick," Kelsey continued. "Part of it is the loose ball, they would get it, we were on the ground, and they'd be shooting a layup, so it wasn't going in our favor tonight."

The Huskies battled back to make it a three-point game at half (29-26) and then fought back to tie the game, 48-48, with less than 10 minutes remaining.

From there, it was a shootout that UW couldn't keep up with. A quick Badgers lead, 50-48 (7:42), was tied up again (50-50) less than a minute later and Washington went on an 8-0 run.

A 3-pointer by Morgan Paige with 59 seconds remaining snapped some life back into the Badgers, but a turnover and foul by Tiera Stephen gave the momentum back to the Huskies.

A basket by AnnMarie Brown followed a pair of free throws by Washington's Jazmine Davis provided the final margin in favor of the Huskies.

For Kelsey, the difference was on the boards.

"We didn't do the things we needed to do in the game," she said. "We gave up 20 offensive rebounds, so that hurt us.

"You have to box out and you have to make some shots, and we didn't do that, and they took advantage of that. We have to go back to the drawing board, watch it and make sure we learn from it."

Wisconsin was outrebounded 41-38, allowing Washington to collect 20 on the offensive side of the ball.

The Badgers finished the game shooting 36.8 percent from field goal range, netting 5-of-20 (20 percent) from beyond the arc. The Badgers were 8-of-9 from the free throw line.

Washington shot 35.5 percent from the floor and 6-of-16 (37.5 percent) from 3-point range. After shooting no free throws in the first half, the Huskies finished the game 10-of-17 (58.8 percent) from the stripe.

The Badgers committed 22 turnovers, 11 coming off of Huskies steals.

Wisconsin continues its home stand on Sunday, hosting Evansville at 2 p.m. at the Kohl Center.

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