Hot First Half Pushes Wisconsin Past Indiana
Feb. 10, 2013
MADISON, Wis. - The Indiana women's basketball team could not climb out of an early deficit on the road at Wisconsin, as the Badgers topped IU on Sunday afternoon, 65-53. Jasmine McGhee led the Hoosiers with 14 points as Milika Taufa added 11.
It was a fast paced game to open the first half. Indiana fell behind 11-7 before Taufa stepped up to hit a 3-point field goal from the top of the key. After a Wisconsin field goal, IU scored five straight points with a McGhee 3-pointer and a Linda Rubene field goal to give IU a 15-13 lead with 13:34 on the clock.
Both teams answered each other on the next few possessions to play to a 19-19 tie with 10:40 to go. The Badgers then strung together 18-5 run over a 6:26 span to take a 37-24 advantage.
Wisconsin would go on to take a 44-30 lead into halftime, thanks in part to shooting 6-of-10 from beyond the arc in the first 20 minutes.
The Badgers built their lead in second half to 56-39 at the 13:31 mark. IU then put together some offense beginning with a Taufa layup followed by a Rubene 3-point field goal. McGhee then finished off an 8-1 Indiana run with a 3-pointer to cut the UW lead to 10, 57-47, with 9:07 to go.
Indiana continued to battle but the Hoosiers could not get the deficit below 10 points the rest of the way as the Badgers held on.
After the Badgers shot 52.8 percent in the first half, the IU defense stepped up in the final 20 minutes to hold UW to just 30.8 percent from the floor in the second stanza, including hold Wisconsin to 0-of-11 from beyond the arc in the half. Wisconsin manage just 21 second-half points.
Three Badgers scored in double figures led by Morgan Paige's 17 points.
The Hoosier bench stepped up to outscore Wisconsin's reserves, 20-8. Taufa was the bench leader for IU as she shot 5-of-7 from the floor and had a team-high seven boards and three steals. Rubene added nine points and six boards.
IU will next head to East Lansing, Mich., to take on the Michigan State Spartans on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. ET.
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