Women's hoops: UW tosses away chance

Jolene Anderson, Wisconsin's scoring queen, sets UW freshman scoring record in loss

Wisconsin freshman guard Jolene Anderson scored a game-high 26 points — nearly half of her team's total output — and broke the UW freshman scoring record of 459 points with her 470.

The Badgers, though, lost their final regular season game of the 2004-05 season, falling 69-59 to Purdue (16-11 overall, 9-7 Big Ten) Sunday afternoon in West Lafayette, Ind.

Wisconsin (11-15, 5-11) finishes eighth in the Big Ten and will face No. 9 seed Indiana in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament, with a 2 p.m. tip Thursday in Indianapolis.

UW was within 53-51 with 5:40 left but squandered away its chances, committing seven turnovers to help Purdue go on a 12-3 run to put the game out of reach. Although Wisconsin junior guard Ashley Josephson hit a 3-pointer and a 2-point jumper in the last 15 seconds, it was not enough.

"We had an awesome opportunity, down by two with the ball, for a chance to tie or go ahead, and unfortunately, we had some turnovers down the stretch and missed opportunities inside," head coach Lisa Stone said. "A valiant effort by Jolene. We ask a lot out of her, and she proved worthy with her numbers; however, we need a little help from our post play."

Like Wisconsin, Purdue relied on a freshman for much of its offense. Forward Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton had a career-high 22 points while contributing six steals. Sophomore Katie Gearlds added 19 points.

For Wisconsin, senior guard Stephanie Rich, playing in her final regular-season game as a Badger, contributed 13 points and three steals. Wisconsin senior forward Ebba Gebisa, who is from West Lafayette, had two points and four rebounds.

Purdue started the game with a 10-2 advantage but Anderson scored all of UW's points in a 12-1 run to give Wisconsin a 14-11 lead. The Boilermakers, though, quickly regained the lead for good.

Wisconsin trailed 31-24 at halftime, having shot just 31 percent (9 of 29) while committing 10 turnovers. The Badgers finished the game with 23 turnovers and 33 percent shooting (18 of 54).

With 10 minutes left in the game, Purdue held a 15-point lead but Wisconsin went on a 17-4 run — including 10 free throws — to bring the score to 53-51 Purdue.

Purdue held off the Badgers as the clock wore down, sinking six free throws in the final 30 seconds to claim the win.

"Defensively, we did some good things, but we had some breakdowns at costly times," Stone said. "Purdue poses a size differential for most teams. Their guards are the size of most post players, and it took us a while to find some easy scoring opportunities."

Notable: Anderson broke the freshman scoring record that Jessie Stomski set in 1998-99…. Anderson also set a new freshman record for 3-pointers made in a season. Her three triples Sunday give her 50 for the year, breaking the old mark of 47 set in 1990-91 by Dolly Rademaker….Anderson also tied a career high Sunday with 38 minutes played and has now topped the 30-minute mark in 10 consecutive games… The Badgers have not shot better than 40 percent in a game since hitting 52 percent of their shots against Iowa Feb. 6… UW has now turned the ball over more than 20 times in a game seven times this season… The Badgers have lost 18 straight to Purdue… UW finished this season with a 2-10 record on the road.

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