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Season-high turnovers hurt Badgers in Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge


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Dec. 5, 2010

Oklahoma State 50, Wisconsin 42
Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge
Gallagher-Iba Arena • Stillwater, Okla.
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 Wisconsin (2-7) 29 13 42
 Oklahoma State (8-0) 31 19 40
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 • Taylor Wurtz: 8 Pts, 15 Reb, 1 Ast
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..340 .228
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11 14
 Defensive Rebounds 35 23
 Total Rebounds 46 37
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25 10
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STILLWATER, Okla. -- Despite career-high rebounding efforts by sophomore Taylor Wurtz and junior Jade Davis, the Wisconsin women's basketball team fell to Oklahoma State, 50-42, Sunday at the Gallagher-Iba Arena in the Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge. The Badgers have now dropped seven-straight contests while helping the Cowgirls' improve to 8-0 overall.

 Fast Facts
• Wurtz finished with a career-high 10 rebounds
• Davis notched career-high 10 boards
• Badgers outrebounded the Cowgirls, 46-37

It was Wisconsin's season-high 25 turnovers to OSU's 10 that proved to be one of the key factors in the defeat.

"I'm not sure quite how to explain it," Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone said. "We had turnovers from every player on the floor. Jade Davis played for 27 minutes without a turnover, but that's the only positive note in the turnover category. If you turn it over you don't get a shot. The positive is that we out rebounded them.

Led by Wurtz and Davis, the Badgers pounced on the Cowgirls' inconsistent 13-of-57 shooting from the field (22.8 percent) by outrebounding OSU 46-37 to record a season-high effort off the glass. Wurtz pulled a career-high 15 rebounds and the most by a Badger this season while Davis added 10.

Wurtz and senior Lin Zastrow led the Badgers to 34 percent accuracy from the field (17-of-50) with eight points apiece.

The Badgers led by as many as six in the first half when senior Tara Steinbauer finished a layup to give Wisconsin the 11-5 advantage with 16:09 left in the frame. However, the Badgers turned the ball over seven times in just over three minutes and the Cowgirls were able to outscore the Badgers 7-3 in that span to decrease their deficit to 14-12 with 12:14 left in the first half.

With 4:27 left in the first half, OSU's Tiffany Bias recorded back-to-back free throws to give the Cowgirls a 25-24 advantage. The Badgers were unable to over the deficit as they trailed 31-29 at halftime.

In the second half Wisconsin took its final lead with 8:30 left in the contest when Wurtz sunk a layup to give the Badgers the 40-38 advantage. It was not enough, however, as the Cowgirls upped the momentum to hold Wisconsin scoreless for over eight minutes and pull away with thevictory.  

Another key factor in the game was the Cowgirls' ability to capitalize from the free throw line. OSU went to the line 27 times, scoring 20 points off free throws (74.1 percent) and the Badgers only had four opportunities in the contest, finishing 2-of-4 from the line (50 percent).

OSU recorded nearly half its points (23) off Badger giveaways and the Cowgirls bench outscored Wisconsin, 19-9.

"We are searching but each person has to take some accountability, myself included," Stone said. "Our players need to start handling the basketball. We've got to keep it together and keep positive and keep our chins up and know that it can't get much worse than this in terms of turnovers."

Wisconsin returns to the floor at Drake on Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa. The game marks Stone's first time back to Knapp Stadium since spending three seasons coaching the Drake women's basketball team (2000-2003).

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