Badgers shut down Illini
The Badgers trailed 29-28 at halftime, but held Illinois to just 18 points in the second half after holding the Illini scoreless for more than nine minutes.
The Badgers (11-9 overall,
6-2 Big Ten) finished with a season-low six turnovers, marking the third-lowest turnover performance in program history.
Illinois fell to 7-13 and 2-5.
In addition, the Badgers were able to capitalize on Illinois’ 15 fouls, knocking down 16 of 17 attempts (94.1 percent) from the free-throw line.
Senior Tara Steinbauer led Wisconsin with a game-high 19 points. Fellow senior Lin Zastrow and sophomore Taylor Wurtz also reached double figures with 10 and 12 points, respectively.
Zastrow also had eight rebounds as the UW had a 33-29 advantage on the boards. Senior Alyssa Karel added six rebounds.
The Badgers finished 20-of-53 (37.7 percent) from the field, while Illinois knocked down 19 of 46 of its attempts (41.3 percent).
Wisconsin returns to the floor Sunday to face Northwestern at the Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Ill. Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. (CT) and can be viewed live on BigTenNetwork.com.
Last updated: 2:12 pm Thursday, December 20, 2012