UW Women Lose in WNIT Final

The Wisconsin women’s basketball team (23-13, 7-9 Big Ten) closed out its season with a 72-56 loss to Wyoming in the championship game of the 2007 Women’s National Invitation Tournament. Jolene Anderson led all scorers with 21 points and set the WNIT record for the most points in a tournament.

The Badgers and Cowgirls battled in front of a program-record 15, 462 fans, the second-most for a WNIT game. The Ohio State at New Mexico championship game of 2001 drew 18,018 fans.

Anderson and Janese Banks were named to the all-tournament team prior to Wisconsin receiving its runner-up trophy in a postgame ceremony. Anderson scored 129 points in five games during the WNIT. Jenny Lingor of Southwest Missouri State had the previous record with 113 points during the 2005 event.

Anderson put up her seventh double-double performance of the season with a game-best 11 boards in addition to her 21 points. The junior from Port Wing, Wis., also was 5-of-7 from behind the arc.

Freshman Mariah Dunham finished with 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting, including two treys, while Banks posted 12 points and nine rebounds.

Wyoming, who lost just one game at home all season, shot 47.4 percent from the field and had its biggest lead of the first half at the break, 39-26. Wisconsin point guard Rae Lin D’Alie suffered an injury to her right hand and came out with just 4:49 gone by. She was diagnosed with a fractured hand and did not return.

Down by as many as 22 points in the second half, the Badgers used a 15-2 run to cut the lead to nine, 57-48, with 7:49 left in the game. Wyoming responded with a 15-4 run of its own to extend its lead back to 20, 52-72, with just 2:21 to play.

The Badgers shot 32.3 percent from the field and were 7-15 (.467) from 3-point land. Wisconsin got to the line 16 times, converting nine free throws, and also outrebounded Wyoming 40-39.

Wisconsin had just seven assists and committed 14 turnovers, compared to 20 assists and 10 turnovers for Wyoming.

The Cowgirls (27-9) had four players in double-figures, including 16 apiece from Justyna Podziemska and Jodi Bolerjack.

Wisconsin, whose roster contains no senior members, closed out its season with a program-best 23 wins, and also won 17 games at home, the most in school history. The Badgers won five of their last seven games, all in postseason play.