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Covington sparks Badgers on road

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Gazette Staff
February 22, 2010
— Anya Covington scored a career-high 19 points to lead the visiting University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team to a 73-61 victory over Michigan here Sunday.

Three Badgers scored in double figures, led by Covington, who was one rebound shy of a double-double. Covington also had finished with nine rebounds and two steals.


“What a welcomed contribution today by Anya Covington,” Wisconsin coach Lisa Stone said. “Her offensive boards are outstanding.”


Alyssa Karel added 14 points, while Tara Steinbauer scored 12, including a career-best 10-for-12 on free throws.


Wisconsin improved to


9-7 in the Big Ten and 19-8 overall. Michigan fell to 6-10 and 14-10.


Wisconsin led 50-38 with 10 minutes remaining, but Michigan got within 54-51 with four minutes left. The Badgers bounced back with a 7-0 run to take a 62-51 lead with 1:24 remaining.


With Michigan forced to foul, the Badgers made 11 of 12 free throws down the stretch.


“Make your free throws, make your free throws, and today we ended up 20-of-25, and we held off a very good Michigan team,” Stone said.


Wisconsin’s 19 wins equals its total from last season, when the Badgers went 19-15 and 6-12 in the Big Ten.


Nine Big Ten victories tie the Badgers’ best conference record under Stone. UW went 9-9 in the Big Ten in 2007-08. Wisconsin is now guaranteed to finish at .500 or better in Big Ten play for the first time since 2007-08.


Wisconsin travels to Penn State on Thursday before concluding the regular season at home against Iowa on Sunday, Feb. 28.


WISCONSIN 73, MICHIGAN 61

Wisconsin (73)—Steinbauer 1-5 10-12 12, D’Alie, 2-7 0-0 5, Gant, 3-7 2-2 8, Karel, 5-14 2-2 14, Zastrow, 3-4 0-0 6, Davis, 2-4 1-2 7, Wurtz, 0-1 2-2 2, Covington 8-10 3-5 19. Totals: 24-52 20-25 73.


Michigan (61)—Reynolds 3-8 3-4 12, Phillips 3-8 3-5 10, Hicks, 4-11 1-2 9, Hollins, 1-6 8-10 10, Ryan, 1-3 2-2 4, Thompson, 1-2 0-0 3, Boylan, 0-0 1- 1, Jordan 1-2 2-3 4, McPherson 3-6 2-3 8. Totals: 17-46 22-31 61.


Wisconsin 33 40—73


Michigan 24 37—61


Three-point goals—Wisconsin 5-15 (D’Alie 1-4, Gant 0-1, Karel 2-6, Davis 2-3, Wurtz 0-1). Michigan 5-14 (Reynolds 3-3, Phillips 1-2, Hicks 0-6, Hollins 0-2, Thompson 1-1). Rebounds—Wisconsin 30 (Covington 9). Michigan 33 (Phillips 9). Assists—Wisconsin 12 (D’Alie, Gant, Zastrow, Wurtz, Thomas, 2 each). Michigan 6 (Hicks 3). Total fouls—Wisconsin 22, Michigan 22. Fouled out—D’Alie, Zastrow, Phillips.




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