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Buffs stampede Badgers in championship game



Nov. 26, 2011

Colorado 58, Wisconsin 48
Coors Center • Boulder, Colo.
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 Wisconsin (2-5) 23 25 48
 Colorado (5-0) 31 27 58
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 • Taylor Wurtz: 13 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 4 Stl
 • Jade Davis: 10 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Stl
 • Anya Covington: 9 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk
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 FG Percentage .333 .339
 3-Point FG Percentage .357 .211
 FT Percentage .786 .842
 Offensive Rebounds 9 21
 Defensive Rebounds 18 25
 Total Rebounds 27 46
 Turnovers 13 14
 Assists 5 8
 Steals 7 7
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BOULDER, Colo. -- Despite a season-low 13 turnovers, the Wisconsin women’s basketball team lost the championship game of the Omni Classic to Colorado 58-48 on Saturday night. The loss drops the Badgers to 2-5 on the season.

 Fast Facts
Taylor Wurtz earns first all-tournament honor
• Badgers tally season low 13 turnovers
• Wisconsin outrebounded 48-27

Junior Taylor Wurtz earned all-tournament honors after leading the Badgers with 13 points, her seventh game this season in double-figure scoring, and seven rebounds.  It is Wurtz’s first all-tournament honor of her career.

Senior Jade Davis added 10 points and senior Anya Covington chipped in nine points as the Badgers shot 33.3 percent (16-of-48) from the field, including 35.7 percent (5-of-14) from behind the arc.

The Buffs had three players in double figure scoring, led by all-tournament selection Lexy Kresl with 16 points.  Tournament MVP Chucky Jeffery added 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Colorado outrebounded Wisconsin 46-27, the UW’s largest rebounding deficit this season.

CU didn’t shoot much better than Wisconsin from the field, hitting 33.9 percent (19-of-56) and just 21.1 percent (4-of-19) from 3-point land. The Buffs made 16-of-19 from behind the line (84.2 percent) while the Badgers hit 11-of-14 (78.6 percent).  Colorado also turned the ball over 14 times, the first time UW has had fewer turnovers than its opponent this season.

The Buffs broke a 2-2 tie, scoring six straight points to go up 8-2 with 14:45 to play in the half. The Badgers trailed by nine (13-4) at the 12:41 mark but outscored Colorado 8-2 over the next three minutes to pull within three at 15-12. Wurtz hit a 3-pointer with 9:25 to play, capping the run.

Wisconsin pulled with two points twice (19-17 at 6:11 and 21-19 at 5:37) but Colorado went on a 10-2 run late in the half to lead 31-21 with 1:40 remaining. Cassie Rochel scored a layin with four seconds left for the halftime score of 31-23.

In the second half, the Badgers scored the first bucket but the Buffs scored six-straight points to go up 37-26 with 17:13 to play in the game. UW cut the lead to seven (37-30) but CU got its lead back up to 12 points with a 5-0 run to lead 42-30 with 14:44 to go. 

Colorado led by 16 points three times late in the second half, including at 57-41 with 1:47 to play. The Badgers scored three more buckets, including two by Covington, for the final score of 58-48.

Wisconsin returns home on Wednesday, hosting Boston College at 7 p.m., as part of the Big Ten-ACC Challenge.

2011 Omni Hotels Classic – Boulder, Colo.

Friday, Nov. 25
Wisconsin 71, Montana State 61
Colorado 60, Valparaiso 32

Saturday, Nov. 26
Consolation: Montana State 71, Valparaiso 55
Championship: Colorado 58, Wisconsin 48

All-Tournament Team
Chucky Jeffery, 5-10, Jr., G, Colorado – MVP
Lexy Kresl, 5-11, Fr., G, Colorado
Taylor Wurtz, 6-0, Jr., G, Wisconsin
Katie Busey, 5-9, Sr., G, Montana State
Tabitha Gerardot, 6-1, So., F, Valparaiso

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