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Wisconsin drops to 3rd

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January 17, 2011
— The University of Michigan’s women’s basketball team was dialed in from long range Sunday afternoon.

The Wolverines made 11 three-point baskets en route to a 75-59 Big Ten Conference win over Wisconsin at Crisler Arena.


A slow first half and a poor defensive effort dropped the Badgers to 9-9 overall, including 4-2 and third place in the Big Ten.


“Defensively, we weren’t at our best today and offensively, we were hesitant in the first half shooting the ball,” said UW coach Lisa Stone.


The Badgers shot just 35.7 percent (10-of-28) from the field in the first period while the Wolverines (10-7, 3-2) hit 46.4 percent (13-of-28) in the first stanza. Michigan took a 35-22 lead at the half after shooting 7-of-16 from three-point range.


“When Michigan makes shots, they’re really tough to beat,” said Stone. “You’ve seen that in some of the games they’ve played, and they shot lights out today.”


Michigan led by 19 points twice early in the second half, including 50-31 with 14:55 to play, and had an 18-point lead (58-40) with 10:31 to go. The Badgers rallied, outscoring the Wolverines, 14-3, to pull within seven (61-54) with 5:10 left in the game.


“We tried to get (Michigan’s lead down) to 10 at 10 minutes,” said Stone. “We did find some offense in the second half. We found a little hidden secret in Jada Buggs, (who) gave us a great lift off the bench.”


Michigan shot 47.3 percent from the field for the game and 45.8 percent from three-point land, making 4-of-8 for the second half. The Wolverines took advantage of Wisconsin being in foul trouble in the second period, going 12-of-15 from the line in the game after shooting 2-of-4 at the half.


Both teams had three players score in double figures. Wisconsin was led by Taylor Wurtz with 14 points, all in the second half.


Michigan was led by Veronica Hicks with 21 points, including five three-pointers. Carmen Reynolds added 20 points, including three three-pointers, while Courtney Boylan contributed 12 points.


MICHIGAN 75, WISCONSIN 59

Wisconsin (59)—Steinbauer 5-10 0-0 10, Zastrow 4-8 1-1 9, Davis 2-8 0-0 6, Wurtz 5-10 0-0 14, Karel 6-15 0-0 13, Paige 0-1 0-0 0, Buggs 2-2 1-2 5, Covington 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 25-55 2-3 59.


Michigan (75)—Sheffer 3-9 1-1 7, Boylan 5-12 2-2 12, Hicks 7-18 2-4 10, Ryan 2-4 2-2 7, Reynolds 7-10 3-4 20, Arnold 1-1 0-0 3, Thompson 1-1 2-2 5. Totals: 26-55 12-15 75.


Wisconsin 22 37—59


Michigan 35 40—75


Three-point goals—Wisconsin 7-21 (Steinbauer 0-2, Davis 2-6, Wurtz 4-7, Karel 1-5, Paige 0-1), Michigan 11-24 (Sheffer 0-1, Boylan 0-1, Hicks 5-11, Ryan 1-3, Reynolds 3-6, Arnold 1-1, Thompson 1-1). Rebounds—Wisconsin 31 (Karel 6), Michigan 31 (Hicks 10). Assists—Wisconsin 16 (Karel 4), Michigan 17 (Boylan 5). Total fouls—Wisconsin 16, Michigan 10.


Attendance—2,460.



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