Badger women down UW-Stevens Point in final exhibition
MADISON – Playing in its final tune up before the season officially gets underway, the Wisconsin women's basketball team defeated UW-Stevens Point, 80-51, Thursday night at the Kohl Center. UW wraps up the exhibition season with a 2-0 record.
Despite a slow start, the Badgers were able to put together a strong offensive showing to overtake the Pointers, scoring 80 points for the second-consecutive game.
"We didn't execute quite the way we wanted to but we were happy with the outcome," UW head coach Bobbie Kelsey remarked after the game. "Obviously (we're) not (happy) with everything, but that's a good team over there."
Stevens Point jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead and led by as many as seven (12-5) as it was 5-of-6 from the field early. The Pointers didn't relinquish the lead until 9:17 of the first half when Dakota Whyte followed up a Michala Johnson steal with a layup to give the Badgers a 21-19 lead.
Wisconsin finished out the half outscoring the Pointers 22-10 to take a 41-29 lead into halftime.
Johnson led all first-half scoring with 12 points.
"She is a really talented scorer," Kelsey said of Johnson. "She can score in a lot of different ways. She has a nice high hook shot, and she's a good defender. When she gets into the passing lane she can do some damage."
The Badgers' offense continued to roll in the second half, outscoring the Pointers 39-22 on the way to an 80-51 win.
All 12 available UW players saw action in the game with nine netting points. The Badgers were led by Johnson's 18 points, her second-consecutive game with double-digit scoring. Whyte chipped in 14 points, while Paige and Wurtz added 11 apiece.
Whyte swiped five of the Badgers' 13 steals and handed off six assists, while Johnson and AnnMarie Brown pulled down six boards each.
Stevens Point was led by Kaitlyn Jacobs with 11 points.
For the second straight game, Wisconsin shot better than 50 percent from the floor. UW finished the night 35-of-62 (56.5 percent), going 2-of-5 (40.0 percent) from beyond the arc. UWSP finished the night 20-of-51 (39.2 percent) from the floor, shooting 6-of-7 from 3-point range (85.7 percent)
Wisconsin opens the regular season on Sunday when it hosts Drake in non-conference action. Tip time is 2 p.m. from the Kohl Center.
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