Dec. 3, 2009
RALEIGH, N.C. - Despite setting a season low in points, the Wisconsin women's basketball team (7-1) defeated North Carolina State on Thursday, 53-48, at the Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, N.C., as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
Although Wisconsin scored just 53 points, they did outshoot the Wolfpack from the field, 43.1 percent to 32.7 percent.Taylor Wurtz led the Badgers' offense with a career-high 13 points, while Tara Steinbauer chipped in 11. However, it was Jamie Russell who came up big for the UW as she scored four of the team's final six points to help lead the team to victory.
The Badgers controlled the hardwood in the first half, jumping out to a 14-6 lead. Bonae Holston would soon spark the Wolfpack's offense as she scored six straight points, while Brittany Strachan knocked down a 3-pointer to narrow the deficit to 18-17 with just over four minutes remaining. Wisconsin continued to distribute the ball effectively, scoring seven straight points to take a 25-17 lead. However, the Wolfpack then scored two unanswered baskets in the last minute to trail 25-21 at half.
Wisconsin maintained control early in the second half with a 32-25 lead, but five different Wolfpack players scored during a 14-2 run to take a 39-34 lead. Wurtz helped the Badgers quickly respond as she scored nine of the teams points during an 11-2 run, giving the UW a 45-41 lead. A 3-pointer by Emili Tasler knotted the score up at 45, but Jamie Russell then scored her only four points of the game to help the Badgers secure the victory.
Both teams struggled from beyond the arc as the Badgers were 3-for-15 while the Wolfpack hit 4-for-14 from downtown.
Steinbauer had a team-high eight rebounds and Lin Zastrow brought down six to help the Badgers beat the Wolfpack on the glass, 39-29.
Zastrow had a solid overall game as she also tallied four points and led the Badgers in both steals and blocks with two apiece.
The Badgers out-blocked N.C. State, 4-1. Both teams equaled one another with six steals even though the UW had 17 turnovers compared to the Wolfpack's 13.
Wisconsin totaled 10 assists in comparison to N.C. State's six. UW's Alyssa Karel led the way with three dimes.
Bonae Holston highlighted the Wolfpack's offense with 13 points and Lucy Ellison totaled a team-high six rebounds and two steals.
The Badgers continue their road trip on Sunday when they travel to Columbus, Ohio to take on No. 3 Ohio State. Tip off begins at 1 p.m. inside the Value Center Arena.
Wisconsin Athletic Communications