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Poor shooting plagues Badgers in loss to No. 23 Gonzaga

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Gonzaga 23 Gonzaga 70, Wisconsin 55
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Dec. 10,  2013

MADISON, Wis. -- In their toughest match up of the season, the Wisconsin women's basketball team couldn't find its groove Tuesday night. The Badgers posted season-low shooting marks in a 70-55 loss to No. 23 Gonzaga at the Kohl Center.

"We didn't play our best ball tonight," said head coach Bobbie Kelsey. "It wasn't a great game for us. We couldn't hit a shot and there was a lot of dribbling and going nowhere, but we'll correct those things.

"Gonzaga's a really good team. They're battle-tested, they're NCAA-tested, and we're trying to get where they are. We could've played a lot better tonight. We had our opportunities. We didn't take advantage of them."

 Fast Facts
• Badgers shoot season-low 32.1 percent
• Paige scores 19, five away from 1,000 career points
• Gonzaga has four players score in double-figures

Wisconsin's shooting woes were evident from the start as the Bulldogs ran out to a quick 10-2 lead before the Badgers scored their first field goal. Nicole Bauman finally got UW on the board with a layup at the 13:09 mark, sparking a 10-0 run to give the Badgers a 12-10 lead as she hit a 3-pointer at 11:13.

In a game that saw five ties before the end of the first half, Wisconsin took the lead heading into the break as a Taylor Wurtz 3-pointer with eight seconds remaining put the Badgers up 29-28.

Wisconsin's shooting woes continued in the second half as the Zags scored nine straight to take a 37-29 lead with 17:20 to play. A Morgan Paige layup at 17:02 finally ended UW's scoring drought while two of her game-high 11 free throws cut the lead to two (42-40) with 11:30 remaining.

Gonzaga went on a 10-0 run and took its largest lead of the game, 52-40, on a 3-pointer by Jazmine Redmon with just over nine minutes left in the game.

A pair of free throws by Paige at 5:37 got UW within seven, 54-47, but that would be as close as Wisconsin would get.

UW finished the night with a season-low 17 field goals, shooting just 32.1 percent (17-53) from the field. Gonzaga wrapped up action with 26 field goals, going 26-of-57 (45.6 percent).

Wisconsin shot just 22.7 percent (5-of-22) beyond the arc, recording just one 3-pointer in the second half. The Zags shot 7-of-15 (46.7 percent) from 3-point range.

UW was outrebounded 40-31 and both teams committed 16 turnovers. Junior Michala Johnson, who missed much of the second half with three fouls, led all players with nine rebounds.

Paige finished the night with a game-high 19 points. The senior is just five points away from 1,000 for her career. Wurtz also finished the night in double-digits, chipping in 12 points.

Gonzaga had four players score in double figures, led by Redmon's 15.

Wisconsin will take to the road for its final non-conference road match of the season on Friday when it travels to Washington for a 9:30 p.m. tip from Seattle.

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