Wisconsin takes care of business

first_imgPATRICK STATZ-BOYER/Herald photoAnother game, another win for the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team, as the Badgers defeated the University of Illinois-Chicago Flames 75-53 Thursday night.The win puts the Badgers at 9-1 (0-0 Big Ten) on the season, and they remain undefeated at the Kohl Center, winning their first six games. In what seems to be characteristic of this year’s team, Wisconsin got off to a fast start, leading 7-0 right away. UIC (3-5, 0-0 Horizon League) would rally with a run of its own to bring the game within one point, but the Badgers would eventually pull away. “It’s tough to compete in a game when you give easy opportunities away,” UIC head coach Lisa Ryckbosch said. “That’s really been the strength of this [Wisconsin] team.”UW junior guard Janese Banks helped propel the Badgers to a big halftime lead, with eight first-half points. Banks finished with 12 on the night.Badger forward Danielle Ward led the team in scoring with a 13-point effort. Ward was also one rebound shy of a double-double.Freshman Mariah Dunham and junior Jolene Anderson, who was battling the flu, also scored in double figures for UW. Anderson, despite a slow start in the first half and a cold shooting night, ended up with 10 points on just 4-of-13 shooting. She also finished with five assists. Dunham added 12 on a solid shooting night, which included two three-pointers.”[Jolene] was sick all day yesterday,” Stone said. “It was questionable if she was going to play the game, and I thought she played courageously.”With Anderson having an off night, Stone was able to go to her bench and utilize the team’s depth at guard. Freshmen guards Sarah Ingison and Teah Gant each saw an increase in playing time.”The fact that they have that many weapons, certainly we’re outmanned in terms of our size … we’re not going to really see that again this year,” Ryckbosch said. “That makes it that much tougher to stop any one individual if you have that many people that can go score for you.””It’s very pleasing to know that we have some depth,” Stone said. “If someone is down, someone else will pick it up.”Leading the way for the Flames was senior guard LaShonda Grant, who put on a shooting clinic on her way to a game-high 20 points. The only other player for UIC to reach double-digit scoring was senior guard Krystal Hugelier. Hugelier made 3-of-5 shots from beyond the three-point arc and finished with 11 points. Jacquay Holmes, UIC’s leading scorer this season, was shut out by the stingy Badger defense, missing all five of her shots.”Our post players worked very hard on defending her drive,” UW head coach Lisa Stone said. “Eventually, they had to go big to match with us.”Wisconsin dominated the battle on the glass, outrebounding UIC 41-23. The Badgers took advantage of their size, as only one of the Flame’s starters was over 5-foot-8 tall. UW was able to work the ball down low and create second-chance scoring opportunities off offensive rebounds.However, the Badgers played somewhat sloppily on the offensive end of the court. The team committed 19 turnovers in the game, including many ill-advised passes.”I give UIC a lot of credit,” Stone said. “They came and really drove hard at us, pressured us a little bit, and we threw the ball away. It just wasn’t the balanced attack we were looking for.”Despite failing to run on all cylinders offensively and looking rather lethargic at times, Wisconsin was able to do enough with the ball to control the ball game.”I personally thought we lacked a bit of energy,” Stone said. “I give our team a lot of credit. The bottom line is, I reminded our players, we’re off to a nice start and this is a great opportunity to learn from this game and get better and hopefully tune that defense back up for Sunday.”All around, we were just kind of dead out there,” Banks said. “We know this crowd will get behind us when we play great defense, but I don’t think we gave them much to cheer about tonight.”While the victory may not have been picture-perfect, the team is happy with where it is at this season and will look to continue the strong play Sunday when Albany (2-6, 0-0 America East) comes to the Kohl Center.”We know that when we’re at our best, we play even better,” Banks said. “It’s just going to fuel our fire to practice harder and then come in and get ready for Albany. That’s our next opponent. We can’t look to anybody else.”last_img

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