Dec. 28, 2009
vs. Michigan State
Dec. 28, 2009
Kohl Center, Madison, Wis.
The Badgers recorded their third-straight win over the Spartans. Wisconsin lost in East Lansing on Jan. 25, 2009, 59-50, but downed the Spartans 54-51 in Madison on Feb. 22. UW also upset MSU 56-50 in the quarterfinals of the 2009 Big Ten Tournament.
UW beat a ranked team for the first time this season.
Wisconsin drew a season-high crowd of 6,765.
The Badgers scored 21 points off of 26 turnovers by the Spartans. The 26 turnovers ties a season-high for UW opponents as North Dakota also had 26 turnovers against Wisconsin.
Wisconsin tied a season high with 14 steals, led by six by Rae Lin D’Alie.
Senior Teah Gant got the biggest block of her career late in the first half. The 5-10 Gant blocked 6-9 Allyssa DeHaan with 26 seconds remaining in the period. DeHaan failed to record a block in a game for the first time this season. The 6-9 center has 44 blocks on the season, which is second in the Big Ten at 3.7 per game.
UW held Michigan State to only 19 points in the first half, the Spartans lowest point total in the first period this season. It is also the third-straight game that the Badgers have held an opponent to below 20 points in the first half.
Wisconsin held Michigan State to only 54 points in the game, 20 points below the Spartans season average of 74 points per game. Their previous low was 63 points in a 68-63 loss to Indiana on Dec. 6.
Senior Rae Lin D’Alie recorded a season-high six steals, just one short of her career high. D’Alie also tied her season high with seven assists while turning the ball over only three times. She was also the high rebounder for the Badgers with six rebounds. D’Alie played all 40 minutes for the UW.
After going 6-of-7 (85.7%) from the free throw line in the first half, the Badgers struggled in the second half, hitting just 12-of-27 (44.4%). Wisconsin finished at 18-of-34 from the line for 52.9 percent.
Alyssa Karel led the Badgers in scoring with 21 points, her 11th double-figure scoring performance in 13 games this season as well as her fourth game with 20-or-more points. Karel took a career-high 8-of-12 attempts from the free throw line.
Sophomore Anya Covington scored nine key points for the Badgers on 4-of-5 shooting. She also added three rebounds and one block.
Wisconsin played only eight players in the game, the fewest players to see action in a single game this season.