Wolverines Stifled by Second-Half Badger Run

Jan. 10, 2010

• Audio Quotes: Kevin Borseth
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Site: Madison, Wis. (Kohl Center)
Score: Wisconsin 68, Michigan 48
Records: U-M (10-6, 2-4 Big Ten), Wisconsin (13-4, 3-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Jan. 14 -- at Indiana (Bloomington, Ind), 7 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin's Taylor Wurtz had a career-high 27 points and nine rebounds to lead the Badgers to a 68-48 win over the University of Michigan women's basketball team on Sunday (Jan. 10) in the Kohl Center.

Michigan was led by senior center Krista Phillips (Saskatoon, Saskatchwan/Aden Bowman Collegiate), who had team highs of 12 points and nine rebounds. She was joined in double figures by freshman guard Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods), who netted 11, and Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson), who tallied 10. Phillips fell one rebound shy of her second double-double of the season.

Out of halftime Michigan looked re-energized and, with two quick baskets from Phillips and Reynolds, knotted the game at 26-26, the fourth tie of the game. Wisconsin then went on a 12-0 run to take a 12-point lead at 38-26, at the 15:50 mark, its largest lead to that point.

Michigan could not find a way to stop the Badgers, allowing them to score 42 second-half points, and the Wolverines struggled to find any offense in the second half, shooting only 31.6 percent in the second frame while posting 10 second-half turnovers.

Wisconsin jumped out to a 6-2 lead to open the contest and took advantage of second opportunities with two second-chance buckets in the early going. Freshman Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel Catholic Central) hit a jumper from the right elbow to bring the game within two points at 8-6 at the first media timeout.

After the second media timeout, Michigan found some offense behind sophomore Courtney Boylan (Chaska,Minn./Chaska) and Reynolds, tying the game at 14-all at the 7:24 mark. Wisconsin's Rae Lin D'Alie broke the stalemate with a triple from the right side as the home team took a 26-22 lead into halftime.

Wurtz was a sparkplug for the Badgers in the first half, coming off the bench to score a game-best 11 points, including three three-pointers. The Badgers outrebounded Michigan, 20-14, in the frame. A bright spot for U-M, however, was holding Wisconsin's leading scorer, Alyssa Karel, to zero points in the first half.

Michigan stays on the road for its next contest and travels to Bloomington, Ind., on Thursday (Jan. 14) for a matchup with the Indiana Hoosiers. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Indiana's Assembly Hall. Fans can follow the action live at www.bigtennetwork.com.

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