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Game changer: Cichy comes off bench to lead Badgers to win

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Boston College Wisconsin 74, Boston College 59
2013 Big Ten/ACC Challenge
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Dec. 5,  2013

MADISON, Wis. -- Tessa Cichy came off the bench to lead the Badgers to a 74-59 win over Boston College Thursday night at the Kohl Center. Cichy sparked a comeback that saw the Badgers score 32 points in the final 9:27 of play in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge game.

Following a first half that saw only three Badgers score, Wisconsin (5-2) was in need of an offensive spark in the second half.

Cichy provided just that spark.

 Fast Facts
• Wisconsin stays unbeaten at home
• Four Badgers score double-digits
• Cichy hits career high three 3-pointers

With the Badgers trailing 42-35 with 14:08 to go, Cichy handed the ball off to Taylor Wurtz for a 3-pointer. Wurtz missed but grabbed the ensuing rebound and hit Cichy for a layup.

A layup by Michala Johnson was followed by a 3-pointer by Cichy to bring the Badgers within one, 44-42, at the 12:03 mark.

Boston College (3-5) extended its lead to seven points (49-42) with 10:36 to play, but a 3-pointer by Cichy at the 9:27 mark was the torch that ended the night for the Eagles.

Wisconsin went on to outscore BC 32-10 to claim a 74-59 win.

“(Cichy) brought a lot of fight, a lot of energy,” said head coach Bobbie Kelsey after the game.  “Tessa is a very smart player. Without her, we probably don’t win this game because they probably weren’t counting on her to have the game she had.”

Johnson and Wurtz combined to score 24 of Wisconsin’s 26 first-half points, its lowest point total for the first period of the season.

Wurtz led all scorers with 22 points while Johnson finished the night with 21 points, tying her career high. Johnson led the Badgers with seven rebounds, while grabbed five boards.

Cichy wrapped up the night with 13 points, one off her career best, hitting a career-high three 3-pointers. Morgan Paige also hit the double-digit mark, scoring all 12 of her points in the second half.

“We’re very excited about this win,” continued Kelsey. “We have a tough stretch here coming up and we needed this first one to really get us going and just to show that fight again.”

Boston College was led by Katie Zenevitch’s 17 points and 10 rebounds. Kristen Doherty (14) and Nicole Boudreau (11) also posted double-figures.

The Badgers finished the night 27-of-57 (47.4 percent) from the floor, shooting 8-of-18 (44.4 percent) beyond the arc.

The Eagles shot 25-of-55 (45.5 percent), going 4-of-13 (30.8 percent) from 3-point range.

Wisconsin was edged on the boards, pulling down 27 compared to BC’s 35. UW dished off 16 assists, led by five from Dakota Whyte, and grabbed four steals. The Badgers turned the ball over only 10 times while forcing 18 turnovers by BC.

The Badgers hit the road for an in-state matchup at Marquette on Saturday. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. from the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee.

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