Dec. 13, 2009
Boxscore | Quotes | Notes | Post-Game News Conference
Madison, Wis. - Head coach Lisa Stone earned her 100th victory as a Badger on Sunday afternoon as the Wisconsin women's basketball team (9-2) convincingly defeated SIU Edwardsville, 68-38.
Tara Steinbauer recorded her third double-double of the year and the fifth of her career as she scored 10 points and racked up a game-high 10 rebounds. Alyssa Karel led the Badgers in scoring with 12 points, while Rae Lin D'Alie and Taylor Wurtz each chipped in 10 points apiece.
Stone said she was pleased with the distribution of scoring amongst the team.
"It was nice to be able to do that and again to be able to rest our starters with this stretch we've been on, on the front gate of finals week," said Stone. "Again, nice, balanced scoring."
Wisconsin made 50.1 percent of its shots from the field, while the Cougars (2-9) managed to shoot just 27.5 percent.
A majority of the Cougars' 38 points came from two players as Danielle Bennett scored a game-high 15 points and Ashley Bey totaled 12.
With an early 6-4 lead, Wisconsin opened up the game by scoring 15 unanswered points to take a 21-4 lead with just over 11 minutes remaining in the first period. An efficient field goal percentage of 64.3 percent in the half allowed the Badgers to continue its dominance as they took a commanding 45-18 lead into the break. Karel led all scorers with 10 points, while Wurtz came off the bench with eight points - making all three of her field goals, including two 3-pointers.
The 45 points marks a season-high in first half points for the Badgers, while a combination of the UW's tight defense and poor opponent shooting restricted the Cougars to just 18 points - the fewest Wisconsin has allowed in the first half all season.
Despite the significant lead, both teams continued to compete in the second half as Stone heavily utilized her bench, which scored 28 points.
"It's really important," Stone said. "The schedule we've been on, six road games, three games in five days, this was very good. I'm glad we came out with some energy throughout the entire game. Again, our starters did a nice job, our bench did a nice job - they've always done that."
Although SIU Edwardsville held Wisconsin to just 31.6 percent from the field in the second period, the Badgers still out-scored the Cougars 23-20.
"This is a good time to get some people some playing time as well," Stone said. "But again, Edwardsville played hard the whole game and I give them a ton of credit for that. It was less about the scoreboard, but the fact that they played very hard."
The Badgers dominated the glass throughout the game, out-rebounding the Cougars 42-25. Sydney Stahlberg tallied a team-high nine boards for the Cougars. Wurtz fell just shy of a double-double with a career-high eight boards.
"We did a better job on the glass than I maybe anticipated at half time," Stone said. "We gave them six offensive boards at the half, but the bottom line is it was a good game. We kept things pretty clean."
Wisconsin also demonstrated strong on-ball defense as it stuffed eight shots, while the Cougars tallied just two blocks. Wurtz and Lin Zastrow led the Badgers with two blocks apiece.
The Cougars had 10 steals compared to Wisconsin's seven and were led by Bey, who swiped a game-high four steals. Karel led the Badgers with three steals.
Wisconsin wraps up its non-conference season against Robert Morris on Tuesday at 7 p.m. inside the Kohl Center.
Wisconsin Athletic Communications