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A tale of two halves leads to Badger loss



Dec. 23, 2011

18 Green Bay 65, Wisconsin 49
Kohl Center • Madison, Wis.
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 Defensive Rebounds 19 18
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MADISON, Wis. -- A season-low second half scoring performance and a surging No. 18 Green Bay offense led to a 65-49 loss Friday night for the Wisconsin women's basketball team. Wisconsin led 34-28 at halftime, but the Phoenix outscored the Badgers 37-15 in the second half for the win. 

 Fast Facts
• Wurtz records third double double of season
• Gulczynski nets a career-high seven points
• UW scores season-low 15 second half points

The Badgers wrap up non-conference play with a 4-8 record, while Green Bay closes out its non-conference schedule with an unblemished 10-0 record.

The first half of play featured six lead changes that ended with a six-point Wisconsin halftime lead, 34-28. Taylor Wurtz paced the Badgers' offensive output with 15 points, including a 3-of-4 performance from beyond the arc. Green Bay struggled from long range, going 0-for-3 from 3-point range in the first 20 minutes.

The roles were reversed in the second half of play, as the Green Bay offense came alive while Wisconsin's offense stalled. The Phoenix opened play with a 5-0 run to bring the score within one, 34-33, at 18:02. A pair of free throws by Morgan Paige extended UW's lead, 36-33, before a layup and a 3-pointer by Julie Wojta gave GB the lead, 38-36, with 15:31 remaining.

Wisconsin regained the lead, 41-40, at 14:20 on a 3-pointer by Wurtz, but the Phoenix took it back, 42-41, with 12:36 left on a layup by Wojta. A layup by Wurtz at 10:35 brought the Badgers within one, 44-43, before Green Bay's offense came alive, outscoring Wisconsin 18-6 in the final 9:03.

UW's first half, 13-of-28 (46.4 percent) shooting performance was marred by a 5-of-16 (31.3 percent) performance in the second half. The Badgers finished the night, 18-of-44 (40.9 percent) from the field, including 7-of-20 (35.0 percent) from 3-point range. Wisconsin shot 6-of-9 (66.7 percent) from the free throw line.

Green Bay combined an 11-of-26 (42.3 percent) first-half performance with a 15-of-25 (60.0 percent) second-half clinic to shoot 26-of-51 (51.0 percent) for the night. The Phoenix were 4-of-8 (50.0 percent) from 3-point range and 9-of-11 (81.8 percent) at the line.

 GB finished with a slight 27-25 edge in rebounds, led by eight from Wojta.

Wisconsin committed 25 turnovers, the second-most this season, while the Phoenix had 16 steals, scoring 31 points off UW giveways. The Badgers recorded a season-high five blocked shots, led by two apiece from Wurtz and Jacki Gulczynski.

Green Bay finished with 19 turnovers and scored 42 points in the paint.

Wurtz led Wisconsin with her third double-double of the season, recording 20 points and pulling down 12 boards. Paige finished the night with 12 points, while Gulczynski totaled a career-best seven points.

Wisconsin returns to the court on Dec. 30, when it hosts Ohio State in the Big Ten Conference opener. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. in the Kohl Center.

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