Stone wins No. 500 against Hoosiers
The Badgers used an 18-3 run the last five minutes of the first half to notch a commanding 39-25 lead. Alyssa Karel scored 12 of her game-high 21 points during the Badgers’ game-deciding run.
The win improved the Badgers’ record to 13-10 overall and 8-3 in Big Ten play.
Stone said the career 500-victory mark was the result of many years of hard work.
“I’ve been doing this a long time,” Stone said. “I’m blessed because I’ve had great staffs, great players. It means I’ve been in the business a long time.”
The first half had five lead changes and one tie. With Indiana leading 22-21 at 5:35 Karel scored four straight points to put the Badgers up 25-23.
Indiana answered with a basket, but Karel and Taylor Wurtz combined for three-straight three-pointers. Karel then scored on a layup, and Wurtz added a three with 38 seconds left to send Wisconsin into halftime with a 14-point lead.
“It was see-saw midway through the first half then we caught fire,” Stone said. “Being up at half but still there’s another half to play and you want to make sure you don’t like them get confidence and get momentum. I thought our team played very well together.”
In the second half, Indiana never got closer than 12 points. The Badgers led by at least 20 over the final 11:41 on their way to their largest margin of victory in Big Ten play this season.
“You want to finish on a solid note,” Stone said of the Badgers’ second half. “I thought our bench came in and did a nice job.”
UW’s Lin Zastrow and Tara Steinbauer chipped in with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Wurtz added 11 points.
The Badgers shot 48.1 percent (25-of-52) from the field, while limiting Indiana to just 35.2 percent (19-of-54) from the field. Wisconsin was also 9-of-19 (.474) from three-point range and 16-of-18 (.889) from the free throw line.
Wisconsin hosts Northwestern on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Kohl Center.