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Badger women rally past Gophers

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January 21, 2011
— It was a tale of two halves for the Wisconsin women’s basketball team Thursday night.

Minnesota controlled the first half to take a 44-30 lead, but it was all Wisconsin in the second half as the Badgers rallied for a 71-63 Big Ten Conference victory.


It marked the second-biggest comeback in UW women’s basketball history, and the victory moved the Badgers (10-9, 5-2 Big Ten) into second place in the conference.


Jefferson native Lin Zastrow scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for her fourth career double-double, and Alyssa Karel added 21 points for Wisconsin.


Zastrow put the Badgers ahead, 59-57, with 4:37 remaining when she made a basket and converted the three-point play.


The Gophers (8-11) remained winless at 0-6 in the Big Ten.


Wisconsin trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half.


“I’m really proud of our team,” Wisconsin coach Lisa Stone said. “That second half was a sign of toughness. Our backs were against the wall, playing against a very hungry Minnesota Gopher team, and our team responded.”


The Badgers held the Gophers scoreless for over eight minutes in the second half, and Wisconsin converted nine free throws in the final 2:13 to secure the series sweep over Minnesota.


Tara Steinbauer added 14 points for Wisconsin, which shot 50 percent from the field (26-of-52).


WISCONSIN 71, MINNESOTA 63

Wisconsin (71)—Wurtz 2-6 1-2 5, Steinbauer 6-12 2-2 14, Zastrow 7-9 7-9 21, Davis 2-5 0-0 5, Karel 8-16 4-7 21, Paige 0-2 3-4 3, Stephan 0-1 0-0 0, Covington 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 26-52 17-24 71.


Minnesota (63)—Mastey 1-4 0-0 3, Voigt 2-7 0-0 5, Loberg 3-7 0-0 6, Antoine 0-2 0-0 0, Buford 2-13 5-6 9, Kellogg 1-3 2-2 5, Cotton 8-18 8-9 25, Noga 2-8 5-6 9, Dockery 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 20-63 20-23 63.


Wisconsin 30 41—71


Minnesota 44 19—63


Three-point goals—Wisconsin 2-10 (Wurtz 0-2, Davis 1-2, Karel 1-5, Paige 0-1), Minnesota 3-17 (Mastey 1-3, Voigt 1-2, Antoine 0-2, Buford 0-2, Kellogg 1-2, Cotton 0-2, Noga 0-4). Rebounds—Wisconsin 35 (Zastrow 12), Minnesota 39 (Loberg 9). Assists—Wisconsin 15 (Wurtz 4), Minnesota 12 (Buford 4). Total fouls—Wisconsin 18, Minnesota 19.


Attendance—4,117.



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