Badger Fly by Air Force

Janese Banks and the rest of the Badgers ground Air Force in season opener.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.- The Wisconsin women's basketball team (1-0) started the 2006-07 campaign off on the right foot, flying past Air Force 91-58 Friday. Junior Janese Banks led the Badgers with a career-high 28 points and classmate Jolene Anderson added 23 in the winning effort. The duo also led Wisconsin on the boards with seven rebounds apiece.

Wisconsin shot an impressive 55 percent from the field, hitting 34 of its 62 shots. The Badgers also nailed 10 3-pointers in the contest, which is the second-most in school history. (The program has hit 11 3-pointers three times). Anderson hit five of those treys to tie her career high.

Whole the Badger offense was on fire, the defense also played to its potential, limiting the Falcons to just 37 percent shooting from the field while also forcing 27 turnovers. Those 27 Air Force turnovers resulted in 46 points for the Badgers. In a low rebounding game, Wisconsin also had a 23-17 advantage on the boards.

Wisconsin jumped out to a 23-9 lead after seven minutes of play. Lisa Stone's squad led 50-22 at the break.

Helping aid in the Badger scoring effort was sophomore Caitlin Gibson, who shots 6-of-7 from the field for 12 points. Danielle Ward also chipped in seven scores. All 13 Badgers who stepped out on the court finished with points.

Pamela Findlay led Air Force (0-1) with 15 points.

Wisconsin welcomes Western Michigan to the Kohl Center for its home opener at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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