The Badgers took control of the game early leading 7-4 with 18:02 remaining. But UNLV's leading scorer Sequoia Holmes had seven of her first-half leading 11 points to give UNLV their greatest lead, 11-7 with 10:25 left.
With the scored tied eight times in the first half, the last time at 21-21, the Badgers used a 9-1 run with two minutes left in the first half to create some space for themselves, 30-22. UNLV chiseled its way back into the contest hitting six-straight free throws on Badger fouls to allow UW just a 32-28 lead at the break.
Wisconsin used an 11-0 run to open the second half to lead 43-28 forcing two UNLV timeouts. The Rebels hit only one-of-two free throws in the first eight minutes of the second half. UNLV made a mini-run midway through the half coming within 45-343 with 10:08 remaining. But the Badger defense stiffened while UW's offense found contributions from three double-figure scorers led by Janese Banks with 20 points. Jolene Anderson had her first double-double of the year with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Danielle Ward had a season-high 16 points.
The Badgers continue on the road to face UC-Riverside Tuesday at 9 p.m. CST before returning for two home games next weekend.