Feb. 10, 2011
Site: Madison, Wis. (Kohl Center)
Score: Wisconsin 62, Northwestern 41
Records: NU (16-9, 5-7 Big Ten), Wisconsin (14-10, 9-3 Big Ten)
Next NU Event: Sun., Feb. 13, 2011--vs. Iowa (Welsh-Ryan Arena), 2 p.m.
MADISON, Wis. -- Northwestern knew it faced a tall task coming into the Kohl Center Thursday evening and the Badgers solidified that thought, defeating the 'Cats 62-41, Thursday evening in Madison. Amy Jaeschke led NU with 15 points, eight rebounds and three blocks.
"We got a lot of looks down the stretch and I thought we'd get back into it" head coach Joe McKeown said. "But they made shots. They're just a solid team and they outplayed us tonight."
The opening eight minutes were nip and tuck until Wisconsin opened up a 17-11 lead midway through the stanza, courtesy of a 46 percent shooting clip and a trio of triples. The Badgers extended their lead to 12 on two three-pointers from senior Alyssa Karel. Meanwhile, Northwestern couldn't locate the tin, experiencing nearly an eight-minute drought falling behind by a double digits.
Northwestern trimmed the difference to 11 at halftime, 33-22, after Beth Marshall nailed a runner from half court as the first half horn went off. Jaeschke led NU with six points at intermission.
Marshall opened the second half the same way she ended the first--draining a three--while a lay-in by Jaeschke made it 33-27 three minutes into the action. Wisconsin used a four-point play to once again build a 12-point cushion but NU answered with back-to-back scores to set the difference back to eight with 14:15 remaining.
Wisconsin kept Northwestern at arms-length the rest of the way, prohibiting NU from making a run or even coming to within more than eight as it picked up its ninth conference victory.
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