Women's hoops: Badgers trounce Wildcats

Ward scores career-high 23 in 74-45 rout

The Wisconsin women's basketball team won its first home conference opener under head coach Lisa Stone's watch in a truly dominating fashion. The Badgers (6-7 overall, 1-1 Big Ten) crushed Northwestern 74-45 Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center on the hot hands of sophomore forward Danielle Ward and sophomore guard Jolene Anderson, who combined for 45 points.

Ward notched a career-high 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting, was 5-of-5 from the charity stripe and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Badgers, though she also collected four personal fouls. Anderson contributed 22 points, including 11 in the first six minutes of the game, and seven rebounds in just 24 minutes.

"She was all over the ball," Stone said on Ward's performance. "Whether she was shooting it or we were getting it to her, she was on the offensive glass. She had five offensive rebounds that were 10 of her 23 points."

Wisconsin took a 15-4 lead 5 minutes, 41 seconds into the game and built that to a secure 39-17 lead by halftime. Ward scored the first 13 Badger points in the second half to help Wisconsin increase its lead to 28, at 54-26 with 14:55 left in the game. With seven-and-a-half minutes remaining, the Badgers led by 39, 71-32, before their torrid scoring pace tapered off with the game well in hand.

"We still have a lot of things to work on," said Stone, whose team committed 23 turnovers. "Just because we won doesn't mean that we don't need to work on our defense because our defense had lapses. We turned the ball over a few times too many as far as on breaks. We just need to execute a little bit better but for the most part we came out and we played hard today."

Aside from Anderson and Ward, no other Badger scored in double figures. Senior guard Ashley Josephson was 3-of-7 for seven points, with four assists, three rebounds and four personal fouls. Sophomore guard Janese Banks and freshman forward Christine Spencer scored six points each.

The Badgers held the Wildcats (4-8, 0-2) to 17 points at halftime and 45 in the game, both of which were opponent lows this season. Wisconsin also out-rebounded Northwestern 49-25 and hit 46 percent of its shots to Northwestern's 35 percent on 19-of-54 shooting.

Wildcat freshman forward Julie Bielawski came off the bench to provide a team-high 11 points, while Northwestern's starters combined for just 25 points.

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