Women's basketball: Old meets new

The top two scorers in Wisconsin high school hoops history squared off at the Kohl Center Sunday

MADISON—Last season, Jolene Anderson broke Anna DeForge's Wisconsin prep career scoring record. Sunday, in an exhibition at the Kohl Center, the two met for the first time and impressed each other with their scoring acumen.

DeForge tallied a game-high 23 points, 15 in the first half, in leading Wisconsin AAU to an 82-79 victory over their University of Wisconsin hosts. Anderson, playing in her first college game for UW, tied a team high with 18 points and paced the Badgers with 14 in the first half.

"Just to play against [DeForge] on the same court like that is something I will remember forever," Anderson said.

Anderson started and was surprisingly assertive straight from the game's opening tip, connecting on 3 of 5 three-pointers in the first half. She finished 6 of 15 from the floor, 3 of 7 from beyond the arc. In addition to her deft shooting, Anderson made an impression with her ability to run the floor offensively, play solid defense, and handle the ball.

DeForge, however, felt that Anderson should have been more aggressive down the stretch. The 5-foot-10, Port Wing, Wis., native took just two shots in the last 14 minutes.

"You could see towards the end of the game they didn't really have that one player to go ahead and take over the game when they needed a basket," DeForge said. "I told Jolene after the game, ‘Look, you are a scorer, you have to go ahead. I know you are a freshman but go ahead and take that initiative to go ahead and score.'"

Anderson took, and made, plenty of shots on her way to shattering DeForge's prep scoring record with 2,881 points. The two had not met prior to Sunday, though DeForge did send Anderson a letter of encouragement last year.

"She sent me an autographed picture of herself saying congratulations and good luck with the record," Anderson said.

DeForge came away impressed Sunday.

"I didn't realize how small she was but she plays a lot bigger than her size," DeForge said. "She has a very nice touch on her three-point shot.

"Creating for her teammates. That's going to be the next step in her game. And then finding different ways to score. You can't just come off screens and hit a shot. She has that. That's perfect but maybe off the dribble a little bit more, I think she'll be a little bit better.

"Even in the open court she is very, very polished."

Despite averaging 37 points, 15 rebounds, 8 assists and 8 steals per game in high school, Anderson has dealt with concern that the level of competition she faced while at South Shore High School left her ill-prepared for college basketball.

"Jolene has defied all of the doubt that people might have that she can play at this level," Wisconsin coach Lisa Stone said. "She can flat-out play."

Sunday, Anderson also chipped in 11 rebounds, three steals and two assists, with three turnovers.

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