Badgers lose ACC/Big Ten Challenge game at Virginia Tech


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Wisconsin Virginia Tech 47, Wisconsin 38
Cassell Coliseum • Blacksburg, Va. • Attendance: 1,832

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1st 2nd Final
 Wisconsin
20 18 38
 Virginia Tech 19 28 47
 Statistical Leaders
 • Morgan Paige: 12 pts, 2 reb, 1 ast, 2 steal
 • Jacki Gulczynski: 8 pts, 5 reb, 1 ast
 • Nicole Bauman: 7 pts, 1 reb, 1 ast, 1 steal
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WIS VT
 FG Percentage 300 .354
 3-Point FG Percentage .105 .143
 FT Percentage .750 .733
 Offensive Rebounds 7 8
 Defensive Rebounds 23 28
 Total Rebounds 30 36
 Turnovers 18 19
 Steals 5 6
 Blocks 1 2
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Nov. 28, 2012

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Poor shooting late in the second half cost the Wisconsin women's basketball team as the Badgers dropped their ACC/Big Ten Challenge game at Virginia Tech 47-38 on Wednesday night. UW scored just six points in the last nine minutes of play to fall to 3-3 on the year.

 Fast Facts
• Badgers play without senior Taylor Wurtz
• Wisconsin falls to 3-3 in ACC/Big Ten Challenge
• UW scores season-low 38 points

"(Our team) has good shooters, they just have to knock them down in the game," said UW head coach Bobbie Kelsey. "It's a work in progress.

"We're missing Taylor (Wurtz) but she's not here and other people have to step up and be ready to fill. Even by committee, two or three people scoring six points can make up for what we're missing with Taylor being out. Credit to Virginia Tech, they hit open shots that we didn't."

The Badgers played without Wurtz, the team's second-leading scorer at 12.6 points per games, who did not make the trip due to a back injury.

The Hokies (3-2) scored the first bucket of the second half before Wisconsin went on a 12-2 run to take a 32-23 lead with 11:22 to play. Morgan Paige scored a layup and two free throws to give the Badgers their largest lead of the game.

Wisconsin's offense went cold as Virginia Tech scored the next 11 points to take a 39-34 lead with 4:18 left in the game. A Paige layup ended the run with 3:25 to play to pull the Badgers within three (39-36). But UW missed four-straight shots as the Hokies went up 44-36 with 46 seconds left. Despite Tech missing free throws, the Badgers couldn't convert on their offensive opportunities late in the game, falling to 3-3 all time in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.  

"... the game is 40 minutes so you have to play the whole 40 minutes," said Kelsey of her team's play. "Other teams are going to make their runs like you make yours but you have to counter them with something. When you go on these scoring droughts, it doesn't help because it gives (the other team) momentum. It just hurt us tonight."

The Badgers shot just 30 percent (15-of-50) from the field, including a season-low of 10.5 percent (2-of-19) from 3-point range. Wisconsin hit just 8-of-29 shots in the second half for 27.6 percent. The Hokies didn't do much better, hitting 35.4 percent (17-of-48) of their shots, including 14.3 percent (2-of-14) from deep.

Wisconsin was led by Paige with 12 points while Jacki Gulczynski tied her career high with eight points. Freshman Nicole Bauman earned her first start in place of Wurtz, scoring seven points.

The Hokies' Monet Tellier led all players with 17 points, including a 9-of-9 performance from the free throw line. She also dished off a game-high nine assists.

"We didn't get to the free throw line as much as I would have liked," said Kelsey. "Some of that was not being assertive and settling for long shots that we're not hitting right now. I thought we could get to the rim and when we did, we go fouled but we stopped doing that."

UW went to the free throw line just eight times, making six (75 percent), while the Hokies were 11-of-15 (73.3 percent) from the charity stripe. Tech also outrebounded the Badgers 36-30 with Tiera Stephen leading all players with a game-high seven boards.

The Badgers dished off a season-low eight assists and tallied only five steals while turning the ball over 18 times. 

Wisconsin used a 13-0 run to take a 20-19 lead at the half. The Badgers trailed 17-7 with 6:37 to play in the first period after an 11-0 Tech run. Two Dakota Whyte steals kicked off the UW rally as she connected with Paige for a layup before hitting Bauman for a 3 pointer to pull the Badgers with three (17-14) with 4:28 to play.

Wisconsin continued its run as AnnMarie Brown hit a 3-pointer with 2:30 to play to give UW an 18-17 lead. Paige hit two free throws with 1:24 to go in the half, extending the Badger lead to 20-17. The Hokies cut the advantage to one on a jumper by Alex Kiss-Rusk with 50 seconds to play for the halftime score.

The Badgers kick off a four-game homestand on Saturday as Alabama (5-0) comes to town for a 2 p.m. game in the Kohl Center.

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