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Badgers swat Hornets at Miami Holiday Invitational

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Delaware State Wisconsin 83, Delaware State 54
BankUnited Center • Coral Gables, Fla.

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 Delaware State
24 30 54
 Wisconsin 44 39 83
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 Statistical Leaders
 • Morgan Paige: 17 pts, 2 rebs, 3 steals
 • Jacki Gulczynski: 14 pts, 9 rebs, 2 assts
 • Cassie Rochel: 12 pts, 8 rebs, 2 blocks
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 FG Percentage .321 .508
 3-Point FG Percentage .357 .353
 FT Percentage .520 .722
 Offensive Rebounds 19 15
 Defensive Rebounds 20 26
 Total Rebounds 39 41
 Turnovers 22 18
 Assists 7 22
 Steals 9 12
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Dec. 28, 2012

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – A late first-half surge led the Wisconsin women’s basketball team to an 83-54 win over Delaware State in the opening game of the Miami Holiday Invitational on Friday night at the Bank United Center in Coral Gables, Fla. The win improves the Badgers to 8-4 on the season, just one win shy of their victory total from 2011-12.

Leading 22-19 with 8:34 to play in the first half, Wisconsin went on a 22-5 run to lead 44-24 at the break. Morgan Paige had 10 of her 12 first-half points to key the run as a total of six Badgers scored in the rally.X

 Fast Facts
• Four Badgers score in double figures in win
• UW records a season-high 22 assists
Daria Kryuchkova records career high 12 points, 6 rebounds

The Hornets would get no closer than 18 points in the second half as the Badgers led by as many as 33 points (81-48) with 1:07 to play.

Wisconsin had four players score in double figures as Paige tallied 17 points, her 12th game this season with 10-or-more points. Jacki Gulczynski added 14 points while Cassie Rochel chipped in 12 points. Junior transfer Daria Kryuchkova came off the bench in the second half, scoring a career-high 12 points.  All nine players dressed scored in the game for the Badgers.

“We had several people in double figures which is nice (since) they couldn’t key in on one person,” said head coach Bobbie Kelsey. “People took shots when they were open so it was a nice change from what we experienced last week.”

Wisconsin scored just 38 points, including a school-record low 10 points in the first half, in a 53-38 loss at Green Bay on Dec. 23. The Badgers’ 44 points at the half and 84 total points were both season highs.

The Badgers shot 50.8 percent (32-of-63) from the field for the game, their second game this season over 50 percent.

Delaware State (2-9) shot 32.1 percent (18-of-56) from the field and was led by Tierra Hawkins with 21 points. Tasia Bristow added 14 points for the Hornets as no other player scored more than five points.

UW also dished off a season-high 22 assists, led by seven from Tiera Stephen.  Freshmen Tessa Cichy and Dakota Whyte both had a career high three assists.  The Badgers had 18 turnovers while forcing 22 giveaways by the Hornets. Wisconsin had 12 steals, led by three from Paige.

The Badgers outrebounded the Hornets 41-39 led by Gulczynski with nine as she finished just one rebound short of her fourth straight double-double. Rochel added eight boards while Kryuchkova pulled down a career-best six rebounds. Stephen also added six boards.

“I thought Daria came in and did a great job,” said Kelsey. “Jacki did her usual job (and) Cassie really helped us tonight. (Cassie) can certainly get rebounds but tonight she struggled to put (the ball) back and finish when normally she does that. Our guards were really looking for her. I told them to give her the ball up top where she can do something with it.”

Kryuchkova scored all of her points in the second half, shooting 6-of-8 (75 percent) from the field.

“Daria has been working on her shot,” said Kelsey. “She shoots every day with assistant coach Stacy Cantley after practice. Even though she hasn’t played much, she shoots every day.”

Wisconsin will play Miami (9-2) in the championship game of the Miami Holiday Invitational at 6 p.m. Saturday.

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