Badgers shut down Illini

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Associated Press
Monday, January 24, 2011
— A shutdown defensive effort carried Wisconsin to a 60-47 victory over visiting University of Illinois in Big Ten women’s basketball Sunday.

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

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