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Badger women upset Spartans

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Associated Press
December 29, 2009
— Alyssa Karel scored 21 points and Wisconsin shocked No. 16 Michigan State, 62-54, on Monday night.

The Spartans failed to overcome a sloppy first half in which they scored 21 points and had 16 turnovers. The 21 first-half points were a season low in a half for the Spartans (9-4, 0-2 Big Ten).


Michigan State scored 19 points below its average in the loss. Leading scorer Allysa DeHaan scored six of the Spartans final eight points in the first half and finished with nine points overall.


The Badgers (11-2, 1-1 Big Ten) forced 26 Spartans turnovers.


The Spartans pulled within four points after Aisha Jefferson made a layup with 1:41 remaining in the game to cut the Badgers’ lead to 53-49. Jasmine Thomas scored Michigan State’s final five points, but the Spartans did not post a serious threat over the final 30 seconds.


State

-- (22) UW-Green Bay 75, Southern Illinois 64—Kayla Tetschlag had career highs of 25 points and 14 rebounds to lead host UW-Green Bay to the victory.


Julie Wojta added 23 points for the Phoenix (11-0), who scored 71 points in the paint and at the free throw line and raised coach Matt Bollant’s record to 200-44.


Christine Presswood had 22 points for the Salukis


(1-9), who rallied from a double-digit deficit to lead midway through the first half and trailed 34-29 at halftime. Presswood and Katerina Garcia, who finished with 14 points, combined for nine three-pointers.


“We shot really well but when you have 25 turnovers and your opponents have 12, that’s a lot of difference in shot attempts and that’s going to make the difference in the outcome,” Southern Illinois coach Missy Tiber said.


Tetschlag hit two free throws to give the Phoenix a 60-52 lead. Celeste Hoewisch stole the inbounds pass and hit two free throws, and stole the ball again to set up a layup by Tetschlag that made it 64-52.


“I just didn’t feel like we had the right mentality,” Bollant said. “Even in shoot-around today, it was a little bit happy-go-lucky, kind of enjoying the moment type of thing. I told them before the game, ’What makes you special is how hard you play and your mentality. We didn’t have it.”



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