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Badger women fall to No. 16 Iowa, 87-75

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 MADISON, Wis. - A 17-2 run early in the second half propelled the No. 16 Iowa women's basketball team to an 87-75 win over Wisconsin at the Kohl Center on Sunday afternoon. 

The Badgers (8-14 overall, 4-8 Big Ten) used an explosive 14-point first-half performance from junior Tessa Cichy to trail the Hawkeyes by just four points (42-38) at the half. But Iowa (19-4, 10-2) came out strong in the second period, outscoring the Badgers 45-37 in the second to seal the win.  

"Very disappointed that we could not finish out the game a little bit stronger," head coach Bobbie Kelsey said. "In that second half, we just kind of let it get away from us a little bit... a lot actually. Probably should've made that adjustment to the zone a little bit sooner, but they hit some tough shots and some ones that we probably could've stopped but we just had trouble with that. Credit them, they're an NCAA team and they're 19-4 for a reason."

In front of the largest home crowd since Feb. 28, 2010 and the 16th-largest crowd in program history of 11,428, Cichy tallied a career-high 20 points on 8-for-13 shooting. Senior Jacki Gulczynski added 14 points, while fifth-year senior Cassie Rochel and junior Nicole Bauman both chipped in 10 points.

The Badgers shot 45.9 percent (28-of-61) from the field while Iowa hit an opponent season-high 56.9 percent (33-of-58). UW was 7-of-17 (41.2 percent) from beyond the arc, while the Hawkeyes made just 26.7 percent (4-of-15).

Trailing 6-5 with 18:40 to go, a 3-pointer from junior Dakota Whyte and layup by Cichy gave Wisconsin a 10-6 lead (18:06). 

The teams battled evenly, with the Badgers leading 12-10 at the 16:03 mark. UW stormed out to a 9-2 run to take a nine-point lead, 21-12, with 13:38 remaining in the half. The Hawkeyes used a 4-0 run to cut it to 21-16 at the 11:44 mark, but a jumper by Cichy extended UW's lead to seven with 11:07 to play. 

After taking a 25-18 lead with 10:32 to play in the half, the Badgers wouldn't be able to hold on to their lead as the Hawkeyes pushed back on a 12-5 run, with a layup by Samantha Logic, tying the game at 30 with 5:42 on the clock.

Back-to-back jumpers from Rochel gave UW a 34-32 advantage with 3:21 to go, but Iowa used another spurt to take a 37-34 lead, their first of the game since leading 6-5 at the 18:40 mark. 

A layup from Whyte pulled the Badgers within one, 37-36, with 48 seconds to go, but back-to-back layups from the Hawks gave them a 42-38 advantage at the halfway point.

The Badgers couldn't clip the Hawkeyes wings in the second half as Iowa went on the 17-2 run to take a  61-40 lead with 15:08 to play. Iowa's Logic scored 13 of the Hawkeye's 17 points during the run.  

"(Samantha Logic) gets a full head of steam and that was part of the problem," Kelsey said. "We let her get going too fast, and it's hard to stop a player going that fast. When they have shooters, you can't really help in(side). She did a good job of just putting her head down and going to the rim."

Wisconsin cut the lead to 13 points, 62-49, with 11:24 remaining. But a 12-0 run from Iowa gave them a 74-49 lead, their largest lead of the game with just under nine minutes to play. 

An 8-3 run over the last two minutes of action pulled UW within 12 but it wasn't enough as Iowa cruised to the victory.  

Logic, a native of Racine, Wisconsin, led the Hawkeyes with a career-high 30 points, 20 of which came in the second half. In addition to Logic, three other Hawkeyes scored in double figures. 

Wisconsin went to the free throw line 18 times, making 12 for 66.7 percent while Iowa shot 17-of-21 (81 percent). 

UW outrebounded Iowa 32-29, including 13 offensive rebounds, led by eight from Cichy. The Badgers scored 16 second-chance points to the Hawks five, but Iowa outscored Wisconsin in the paint 46-26.

The Badgers dished off 18 dimes, including a game-high seven from Bauman, while turning the ball over 18 times. UW recorded six steals, while Iowa tallied 14. 

Wisconsin travels to Minnesota on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. contest from Williams Arena in Minneapolis. The Badgers then head to Nebraska, tipping off against the Cornhuskers at 2 p.m. on Feb. 15.
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