Back on Track

After losing four of their last five in conference, it took a snowy trip to Chicago to get the women's basketball team back in the win column.

EVANSTON, Ill. The Wisconsin women?s basketball team (14-6, 3-4 Big Ten) cruised to a 74-50 win at Northwestern Sunday, behind 18 points from junior Jolene Anderson and a 10-point, nine-assist performance from freshman Rae Lin D'Alie.

D'Alie, whose nine helpers tied a season high for any Badger this season, also led the team on the boards with six caroms, while Anderson, Mariah Dunham and Danielle Ward each pulled down five. Wisconsin gathered 40 rebounds in the game, compared to 33 for Northwestern. Aiding in the scoring department was Ward, who finished with 11, and rookie Brittany Heins, who posted a personal-best nine points.

"The first thing I look at is we only had 11 turnovers so I am pretty happy about that," Lisa Stone, Wisconsin head coach, said. "[Northwestern coach] Beth [Combs] came out and started her bench and tried to send a message. Those kids who started played with a lot of heart. They gave us a run there for a little bit but we came out of the locker room with a lot of fire. We denied ball reversal, adjusted on screens and we forced some turnovers to get layups. Then we got Jolene going in the second half. I am very happy we got back on track."

The Badgers converted 25 of their 62 shots from the field for 40 percent. In contrast, Northwestern shot 39 percent, hitting 20-of-51 attempts. Wisconsin hit just four of 13 3-pointers but converted 20-of-25 free throws for 80 percent shooting from the charity stripe.

Wisconsin opened the second half on a 21-4 run and led 59-32 after an Anderson bucket at 10:13. The Badgers, who led by as many as 28 with 8:36 to play in the game, outscored Northwestern 36-22 in the final period of play.

"They got us here last year," Stone said of Northwestern. "With nine minutes to play up 20, I wasn't comfortable. Our team knew the importance of this game and we played hard. We are happy about this, a road win in the Big Ten. It is what it is any way you look at it."

In the first half, Northwestern jumped out to a quick 8-2 lead after two big 3-pointers. Wisconsin would regroup and after a steal by Anderson, Heins tied the game at 10 with a layup at 14:08. The Badgers led by as many as 13 in the first half, 31-19, and took a 10-point lead into the locker room at the break, 38-28. Heins had nine points in the first stanza alone, already setting her career high.

A.J. Glasauer, who played just eight minutes in the first half, led Northwestern (6-14, 0-7 Big Ten) with 16 points.

Wisconsin will play host to Michigan at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Kohl Center.

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