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Wisconsin women fall at Green Bay 53-38

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GREEN BAY – Poor shooting cost the Wisconsin women's basketball team as the Badgers fell at Green Bay 53-38 on Sunday night at the Kress Events Center. Wisconsin tied a season-low for points in a game and set a school record for fewest points in a half with just 10 points in the first half of play.

"(Shots) we normally make, we just didn't make tonight," said head coach Bobbie Kelsey. "We missed some (shots) early and that got us a little off rhythm.  We had (the shots) but they just weren't going down for us."
Wisconsin (7-4) shot just 30.2 percent (13-of-43) from the field for the game, including just 15.9 percent (3-of-19) in the first half.

The Badgers got on the board first and led 4-3 in the game but Green Bay (8-2) scored eight straight points to take an 11-4 lead with 11:10 left in the half. Jacki Gulczynski scored two straight buckets to pull UW with four (11-8) with 10 minutes to play but the Badgers would not score another field goal the rest of the half.

"We had a game plan and I think the kids executed for the most part but when your shots are not falling, it's a little tough," said Kelsey.

The Badgers came out strong in the second half, outscoring the Phoenix 11-2 to pull within eight (29-21) with 14:34 to go in the game.

Wisconsin stayed within nine points through 34-25 with 12:36 to play but Green Bay scored six-straight points to take a 40-25 lead with 11:02 remaining. The Badgers would get no closer than 13 points the rest of the game, despite hitting some late 3 pointers.

 "I have to credit Green Bay for running their stuff hard and really well," said Kelsey. "They outworked us out there.
"Maybe with finals week, that gets you a little off rhythm but everyone has finals so you can't make an excuse there."

The Badgers hadn't played a game since Dec. 15 due to final exam week.

Morgan Paige led all scorers with 21 points while Gulczynski recorded her third-straight double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. The rest of the UW team scored just five points.

"We hit (our shots) more in the second half, we just needed more people hitting them," said Kelsey. "We need some other people to step up. We need our guard play to be a lot better."

Green Bay made 40.7 percent (22-of-54) of its shots for the game and was led by Stephanie Sension with 13 points. Adrian Ritchie added 12 points and a team-high six rebounds for the Phoenix.

Cassie Rochel led all players with a career-high 13 rebounds as the Badgers outrebounded the Phoenix 33-31. Rochel also tied her career high with five blocks.

Wisconsin also struggled with turnovers, tallying 25 giveaways, while handing off just seven assists.

The Badgers wrap up the non-conference season on Dec. 28-29, competing in the Miami Holiday Invitational in Miami, Fla. Wisconsin takes on Delaware State in the first game on Dec. 28 at 4 p.m.

"We want to win some more games because you know the (Big Ten) conference is pretty tough," said Kelsey. "This was a tough group. They're going to bounce back. They're not going to get down with one loss."

 

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