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Wisconsin women snaps streak

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December 10, 2010
— The Wisconsin women’s basketball team snapped a seven-game losing streak on Thursday night with a 60-49 victory over Drake.

Badger coach Lisa Stone made a successful return to Drake, where she coached for three seasons.


“There are a lot of very fond memories here at the Knapp Center, but I’ve never been in the visiting locker room,” said Stone, who coached at Drake from 2000 to 2003.


“When you are on a seven-game losing streak and you’re trying to find your way out of it, (for) our kids, it didn’t matter where we played or who we played. It didn’t matter what the nostalgia was about the game. It was more about us getting a win. I’m proud of our team.”


An 11-point run in the final five minutes of the first half helped the Badgers (3-7) surge past the Bulldogs with a 30-19 advantage at halftime.


Senior guard Alyssa Karel helped jump-start the run with 4:54 left in the first half, when she sunk a three-pointer to give the Badgers a 23-19 lead.


Karel led all scorers with 24 points, including three three-pointers, and went 7 of 8 from the free throw line.


Senior forward Lin Zastrow added 15 points for the Badgers.


Wisconsin led by as many as 15 points—twice in the second half.


Sophomore Taylor Wurtz led Wisconsin with 10 rebounds.


In addition, Wurtz held Drake’s leading scorer, Kristin Turk, to just six points in the first half. Turk finished with a team-high 19 points for the Bulldogs.


Wisconsin hosts UW-Milwaukee on Sunday at 4 p.m.


WISCONSIN 60, DRAKE 49

Wisconsin (60)—Steinbauer, 2-5 3-4 7; Zastrow, 5-8 5-7 15; Wurtz, 3-11 1-2 7; Paige, 0-1 0-0 0; Karel, 7-17 7-8 24; Davis, 1-1 0-0 3; Covington, 2-3 0-0 4. Totals: 20-43 16-21 60.


Drake (49)—Running, 0-1 0-0 0; Hackbarth, 3-6 2-2 8; Turk, 7-16 2-2 19; Christianson, 3-8 2-2 8; Wollschlager, 4-10 0-0 9; Ritscher, 0-2 0-0 0; Marschner, 1-2 0-0 3; Reid, 0-3 2-4 2. Totals: 18-48 8-10 49.


Wisconsin 30 30—60


Drake 19 30—49


Three-point goals—Wisconsin 4-13 (Wurtz 0-3, Paige 0-1, Karel 3-8, Davis 1-1), Drake 5-17 (Turk 3-9, Christianson 0-2, Wollschlager 1-4, Ritscher 0-1, Marschner 1-1). Rebounds—Wisconsin 29 (Wurtz 10), Drake 25 (Hackbarth 6). Total fouls—Wisconsin 7, Drake 15. Fouled out—Hackbarth.



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