Movin Right Along

The Wisconsin women have no trouble on day one of the Big Ten Tournament, beating Michigan for the third time this season and now set their sights on revenge against Purdue.

INDIANAPOLIS - The No. 7 seed Wisconsin women?s basketball team (19-11, 7-9 Big Ten) advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2007 Big Ten Tournament with a 81-59 win over No. 10 Michigan in the first round at Conseco Fieldhouse. Mariah Dunham and Jolene Anderson each tallied double-doubles and were two of four players to reach double figure scoring.

Dunham recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and a personal-best 10 rebounds. Anderson finished with 22 points and 10 boards for the 17th double-double of her career and the seventh his season. Danielle Ward was one rebound shy of a double-double. She finished with 11 points and nine boards.

Indianapolis Janese Banks led Wisconsin in scoring with 23 points. Rookie Rae Lin D'Alie, who was just three points shy of a double-double of her own, finished with a team-best 10 assists. Anderson also was 5-of-7 shooting from behind the arc and added four assists in the Badger win.

Wisconsin shot 45.9 percent from the field and committed just four turnovers in the second half. But Michigan also shot lights out in the stanza with 47.1 percent from the field after a cold performance of 25 percent in the first half. On the boards, the Badgers outrebounded the Wolverines 50-36 in the game and 27-16 in the second half.

Michigan hit two quick baskets to open the second half and cut a 10-point halftime lead to six, 28-22 at 18:53. The Wolverines opened the half shooting over 70 percent and was able to cut the lead to five at three different points over the next four minutes. Down 39-34 with 14:53 left to play, the Badgers went on a 10-0 run to lead 49-34 with 13:05 remaining in the game.

The Wolverines would get as close as 11 points twice, the last being at the 10:12 mark. It was all Wisconsin from there, as the Badgers led by as many as 30 points at 75-45 with just under 4:30 to play.

Wisconsin forced 17 Michigan turnovers and converted those into 22 points. The Badgers, though committing 15 turnovers of their own, allowed the Wolverines to score just eight points off those miscues.

The teams opened the first half neck-and-neck until the Badgers turned a 5-4 lead into a 12-4 advantage after a 7-0 run. Wisconsin would lead by as many as 14 points at 8:26 with a 22-8 lead over Michigan. A field goal drought of over seven minutes allowed the Wolverines to inch back to a six-point deficit, 23-17, with 3:25 left in the half. A 3-pointer from Banks and a layup by Ward put Wisconsin back up by 10 at the break, 28-18. Anderson was 3-of-3 from behind the arc in the first half alone to lead the Badgers in the scoring department. She had 12 at the half. Carly Benson led Michigan (10-20, 3-13 Big Ten) with 11 points while Stephany Skrba finished with 10 points and nine boards.

Wisconsin moves on to play No. 2 seed Purdue (25-5, 14-2 Big Ten) at 11 a.m. central time (noon eastern) Friday. The game will be broadcast live in Comcast Chicago.


Wisconsin Postgame Notes 2007 Big Ten Tournament

* The first-round win over Michigan Thursday was the sixth victory

for Wisconsin in the history of the Big Ten tournament. The Badgers are 6-12 in tournament play.

* Wisconsin advances to the quarterfinal round for the first time since 2005, when the Badgers defeated Indiana 75-74 in double overtime to move on to the quarterfinals. UW last made the semifinal round in 2002.

* The Badgers have advanced in the Big Ten tournament four times. Those years were 2005 (quarterfinals), 2002 (semifinals), 2000 (quarterfinals) and 1998 (quarterfinals).

* In the all-time series with Michigan, Wisconsin owns a 34-16 advantage, including three wins this season.

* In the Big Ten tournament against Michigan, the Badgers have evened the series at one win apiece. The Wolverines defeated Wisconsin in the 1998 quarterfinals.

* The Badgers are 17-0 this season when leading at halftime. Wisconsin led by 10, 28-18, at the break.

* Wisconsin, who claimed a 50-36 advantage on the boards, has outrebounded its opponents in 26 of 30 games this season. UW is 18-8 in those games.

* Four players reached double figure scoring against Michigan: Banks (23), Anderson (22), Ward (11) and Dunham (10). Wisconsin is 8-1 this season when four players score double digits.

* Freshman Mariah Dunham recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and a personal-best 10 rebounds against Michigan. Her previous career high was nine boards at Michigan earlier this season.

* Junior Jolene Anderson tallied her 17th career double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds vs. the Wolverines. It also marked her sixth of the season and her second in the Big Ten tournament.

* Speaking of double-doubles, Danielle Ward was just one rebound shy and Rae Lin D'Alie was three points shy of earning double-doubles. Ward finished with 11 points and nine rebound while D'Alie dished a team-best 10 assists and scored seven points.

* Anderson tied her personal best and the team's season-high with five 3-pointers against Michigan. She finished 5-of-7 from behind the arc.

* Indianapolis native Janese Banks finished with 23 points tying her personal-best in Big Ten tournament games. She netted 23 scores in her first career tournament game in 2005 against Indiana.

* Danielle Ward's 11 points against Michigan are the most she has put up in the Big Ten tournament. She scored eight last year against Penn State.

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