UW Advances in WNIT

The Badgers will host Western Kentucky on Wednesday, March 28 at the Kohl Center. Tip is set for 7 p.m., after Western Kentucky beat Hofstra 74-62

The Badgers were down as many as 14 points just over five minutes into the second half. With 10 minutes to play, Virginia held onto a 61-51 lead. Wisconsin proceeded to go on a 19-9 run, including seven from Anderson, over a seven minute period to tie the game at 70 with just over three minutes to play. A jumper by freshman Rae Lin D’Alie gave the Badgers their first lead of the game at 72-70 with 3:06 to go.

The Badgers then held on to their lead by making crucial free throws down the stretch. The team ended up hitting 7 of their final 8 from the charity stripe in the final 30 seconds of play. Without a trip to the line in the first half, the Badgers converted 22-of-29 for a total of 75.9 percent for the game.

Anderson tied her career high with 30 points, as Janese Banks (Indianapolis, Ind.) added 19 and Danielle Ward (Milwaukee, Wis.) tallied 9. The Badgers received a boost off the bench from Teah Gant (Oswego, Ill.) who played 19 minutes, recording seven points and two rebounds.

The comeback ties the team’s second largest under head coach Lisa Stone. The other 14-point deficit came against Minnesota on Feb. 19, 2006.

Virginia’s Lyndra Littles scored 24, while fellow front court teammate Siedah Williams notched 25 in the losing effort. The Cavaliers shot 50.8 percent from the field on the game, setting a WNIT opponent record.