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FAU Wisconsin 82, FAU 73 OT
Kohl Center • Madison, Wis. • Attendance: 3,110

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34 35 4 73
 Wisconsin 40 29 13 82
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 • Morgan Paige: 28 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Stl
 • Jacki Gulczynski: 16 Pts, 11 Reb, 4-4 FT
 • Tiera Stephen: 12 Pts, 7 Reb, 9 Ast, 3 Stl
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 FG Percentage .375 .509
 3-Point FG Percentage .333 .375
 FT Percentage .500 .806
 Offensive Rebounds 14 12
 Defensive Rebounds 18 39
 Total Rebounds 32 51
 Turnovers 14 27
 Assists 12 16
 Blocks 0 6
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Dec. 10, 2012

MADISON, Wis. -- A short-handed Wisconsin women's basketball team took advantage of every extra minute available Monday night to defeat Florida Atlantic, 82-73, in overtime at the Kohl Center. It was the Badgers' first overtime win since defeating Wyoming, 63-59, on Dec. 12, 2010.

With the Badgers trailing, 69-67, and nine seconds remaining on the game clock, Morgan Paige used a pair of free throws to tie the game and give Wisconsin (6-3) a second chance.

Wisconsin took full advantage of the extra five minutes, outscoring Florida Atlantic (5-4) 13-4 in overtime to earn its third-consecutive victory.

 Fast Facts
• Badgers shot a season-high 50.9 percent (27-of-53)
Jacki Gulczynski recorded first career double-double
• Wisconsin returns to the UW Field House on Saturday, hosting Eastern Illinois at 2  p.m.

FAU head coach Kellie Lewis-Jay gave credit to Wisconsin's late play.

"I've got to give a lot of credit to Wisconsin," Lewis-Jay said. "They made plays down the stretch when they had to. We were unable to make those plays and Wisconsin came down and they executed and they scored."

It was a game of perseverance that saw 10 lead changes and 10 ties with the Badgers leading by as many as nine points.

UW head coach Bobbie Kelsey saw the win as a lesson in adversity.

"That just shows how (the players) just persevere through the adversity," Kelsey said. "Their experience here, this year and on through, they're going to look back at these times and say, `Hey, we can do it.' These games are going to help us win or loss. This game would have helped us. We're just glad we won."

Wisconsin led 40-34 at the half but was outscored by the Owls, 35-29, in the second half before persevering  in overtime. 

For the Badgers, it was a total team effort that led to a season-high 82 points and the most points for UW since scoring 86 against Kansas on Nov. 21, 2010.

Four Badgers posted double-digits, led by Paige's 28 points -- one shy of a career-best.  Jacki Guczlynski posted her first career double-double, netting a career-best 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Tessa Cichy took advantage of extra playing time to score 11 points and Tiera Stephen was just one off a career-high, with 12 points.

Kelsey recognized the team effort.

"We had some people step up. Morgan (Paige) did her usual, Tiera (Stephen) really came through with points and assists, but Tessa Cichy was probably the key to us winning this game," Kelsey said.

"If she didn't step up, because Nicole (Bauman) was struggling, we don't win this game. You never know with freshman, you just never know, but you pray, wish, hope, dream and convince them that they are very valuable to our team."

Stephen also dished off a career-high nine assists, as the Badgers' 16 was one short of a team season-best.

Wisconsin started the game with a hot hand, shooting 17-of-28 (60.7 percent) in the first half and ended the game on fire, shooting 3-of-4 (75 percent) to post a season-high 27-of-53 (50.9 percent) from the floor.

Led by Gulczynski's 11 boards, the Badgers outrebounded the Owls 51-32.

Wisconsin wraps up its four-game home stand with a return trip to the UW Field House on Saturday, Dec. 15, hosting Eastern Illinois at 2 p.m.

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