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Badgers’ season ends with a rout, other scores

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Gazette Staff/wire services
March 2, 2012
— The University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team couldn’t shoot nor rebound Thursday in the Big Ten Conference Tournament against Minnesota.

That combination led to a 81-49 defeat and the end of the 2011-12 season for the Badgers and first-year coach Bobbie Kelsey.


The Badgers made just 14 of 51 field-goal attempts (27.5 percent) and were outrebounded, 51-24, by the Golden Gophers.


The Gophers pulled away midway through the first half, going on a 14-0 run to take a 28-15 lead with 3:31 to play. The Badgers trailed 39-23 at the half.


Taylor Wurtz had 13 points and five rebounds for the Badgers, but was just 4 of 13 from the field, including 1 of 8 from three-point range.


The loss was Wisconsin’s worst in the Big Ten Tournament. The previous largest loss was a 24-point deficit


(70-46) to No. 1 Ohio State in the quarterfinals in 2005.


The Badgers finished 9-20.


Minnesota, which was led by Kiara Buford’s 19 points, is 15-16.


-- (24) Nebraska 88, Northwestern 56—Jordan Hooper scored 16 of her 18 points in the first half as No. 24 Nebraska rolled to an easy victory over Northwestern in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.


Lindsey Moore added 14 points for the sixth-seeded Cornhuskers (22-7).


Dannielle Diamant led the 11th-seeded Wildcats (14-16) with 14 points.


Hooper became the 28th player in Nebraska history to reach 1,000 points. She has 1,006.


-- Michigan State 97, Indiana 68—Jasmine Hines and Porsche Poole scored 17 points each as Michigan State (20-10) secured its ninth straight 20-win season.


Alisha Goodwin scored 16 points for Indiana (6-24).


-- Michigan 68, Illinois 53—Courtney Boylan scored 17 points, and Kate Thompson added 13 points off the bench to lead Michigan past Illinois.



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