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    Wildcats Fall to Badgers, 75-45

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Senior Nadia Bibbs led Northwestern with 15 points against Wisconsin Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Senior Nadia Bibbs led Northwestern with 15 points against Wisconsin Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Jan. 27, 2008

    Box Score

    MADISON, Wis. -- Northwestern fought hard in the second stanza, but could not overcome a 40-point first-half performance by Wisconsin as it dropped a 75-45 decision Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center. Senior Nadia Bibbs (Chicago, Ill./Hillcrest) led the way for the 'Cats with 15 points while freshmen Amy Jaeschke (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) and Meshia Reed (Country Club Hills, Ill./Stockbridge, (Ga.)) added 10 each.

    "I'm proud of the way we played in the second half," head coach Beth Combs said. "We were able to execute and make the plays. Some of the things we did right today don't show up in the box score, but we just need to keep plugging away."

    Wisconsin jumped out to an early 18-3 lead in the first five minutes and never looked back, posting 40 points in the opening half. The Badgers could not miss on their home court, ultimately finishing the half shooting nearly 52 percent.

    Northwestern regrouped at the break and played evenly with the Badgers, nearly out-scoring and out-shooting them. The Wildcats posted 32 second-half points compared to the Wisconsin's 35 and both teams shot 44 percent form the field.

    Jaeschke led Northwestern on the glass with eight rebounds while cousin Ellen Jaeschke (Cary, Ill./Cary-Grove) grabbed seven.

    The Wildcats return to the hardwood at 8 p.m. CT Thursday when they welcome Iowa to Welsh-Ryan Arena. The game is slated to be the second half of a women's basketball double header on the Big Ten Network.