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School record 3-pointers lead UW win



Dec. 30, 2010

Wisconsin 68, Purdue 66
Mackey Arena • West Lafayette, Ind.
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 Wisconsin (6-7, 1-0) 36 32 68
 Purdue (9-4, 0-1) 30 36 66
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Attendance: 9,161
 Statistical Leaders
 • Taylor Wurtz: 19 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Blk
 • Alyssa Karel: 16 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl
 • Lin Zastrow: 14 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl
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464 .412
 3-Point FG Percentage .611 .500
 FT Percentage .579 .857
 Offensive Rebounds
9 13
 Defensive Rebounds 19 26
 Total Rebounds 28 39
11 15
15 14
5 4
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - After not winning at Purdue since 1984, the Wisconsin women's basketball team ended a streak of 22-straight losses with a 68-66 win over the Boilermakers on Thursday night. The Badgers tied a school record by making 11 3-pointers to key to the win.

 Fast Facts
• Badgers win in West Lafayette for first time since 1984
• Wisconsin ties school record with 11 3-pointers
• Four Badgers score in double figures

"I'm so proud of our kids," said UW coach Lisa Stone. "It's been since 1984 that Wisconsin has won at West Lafayette. (Our players) understood the game plan.  (We had) nice balanced scoring, took care of the basketball (and) we held on to get our first win (in Mackey Arena) in a lot of years."

Wisconsin (6-7 overall, 1-0 Big Ten) shot 11-of-18 from behind the arc, tying a school record for 3 pointers made.

Taylor Wurtz led the Badgers, going 5-of-7 from deep, scoring a team-high 19 points. Alyssa Karel added 16 points, including 11 in the second half, while Lin Zastrow chipped in 14 tallies. Tara Steinbauer scored 11 points as the Badgers shot 46.4 percent (23-of-53) from the field.

The Badgers turned the ball over only 11 times and dished out 15 assists, tying a season high.

UW led 66-57 with 2:56 to play in the game but Purdue (8-3, 0-1) went on 9-2 run to pull within two (68-66) with 38 seconds to play. The Badgers missed two field goals, were called for two fouls and turned the ball over once, aiding the Boilermaker rally.

Wisconsin turned the ball over with 25 seconds to play, but the Boilermakers missed the field goal and turned the ball over after getting the offensive rebound. Wurtz was fouled with 11 seconds to go but missed the front end of the bonus, allowing Purdue to get off another shot. Wurtz went to the line again for two shots with two seconds remaining, missing both but Purdue's desperation shot from half court fell short.

"We did everything we could to give them a chance to win the game," said Stone. "We missed free throws down the stretch, we turned the ball over. To get out of here with a win with mistakes like that down the stretch, says a lot about the fact that there's 40 minutes in a game and fortunately, we had a lot of cushion."

The Badgers led 36-30 at the half but Purdue cut the lead to one (42-41) with 16:01 to play. Wisconsin went on a 9-1 run to take a 51-42 lead with 13:45 remaining. Karel had seven points to key the run. Purdue would get no closer than six until the last two minutes. 

"For us to come in and walk away with a W, it's important for our program, it's important for a great start in the Big Ten," said Stone. "We hung in there long enough to get out of here with a win."

Purdue's Brittany Rayburn led all scorers with 26 points while Drey Mingo added 13 points. The Boilers outrebounded the Badgers 39-28, led by Courtney Moses with eight. Wurtz shared game-high honors with eight boards.

Wisconsin opens its Big Ten home season on Sunday, hosting Penn State at 1 p.m. in the Kohl Center.

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