Covington, Badgers turn back Gophers
The University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team registered a season-high point total Thursday night in beating Minnesota, 78-72, in a Big Eight Conference game at Williams Arena in Minneapolis.
It was the second straight Big Ten victory for the Badgers, who are 3-5 in the conference and 7-13 overall.
Three free throws in the final 16 seconds by Morgan Paige clinched the victory.
Wisconsin took control early in the game, surging to a 23-11 lead.
“We always emphasize that when you come into someone else’s place you have to get a good start,” said head coach Bobbie Kelsey. “We had to really come out and play from the beginning of the game. We couldn’t dig ourselves a hole.”
Three-pointers by Taylor Wurtz and Jacki Gulczynski gave the Badgers their largest lead of the game at 31-15. Wisconsin led, 41-32, at halftime.
Anya Covington led the Badgers with 19 points, while Paige and Wurtz chipped in 18 each.
“I am very proud of our group,” Kelsey said. “We worked hard this week to prepare for a great Minnesota team. They are very good shooters, penetrators and they do share the ball. We had an opportunity here and we wanted to capitalize on it and I am very proud of our team for persevering through a tough game.”
Wurtz led the Badgers with 10 rebounds.