Balanced attack leads UW

first_imgIn the Badgers rout of UW-Green Bay Tuesday, Wisconsindisplayed an impressive line of scoring across the board. In the victory, allfive Badger starters scored in double digits for the first time this season.Wisconsin’s last game against Air Force saw four UW playersscored in double digits, but this time even more players got involved,including Teah Gant, who was penciled in to the starting lineup just minutesbefore game time.”[We had] great sharing of the basketball, tremendousbalanced scoring, a great lift by Teah Gant, five in double figures is big forus,” UW head coach Lisa Stone said. “Jolene [Anderson] goes to third in theall-time scoring list… It goes on and on.”Though the Badgers shot a dreadful 38.1 percent from thefree-throw line, the team displayed a quick pick-and-roll offense that thePhoenix could not seem to stop.The balanced scoring attack also came as a result ofUW-Green Bay’s 23 turnovers, and even with the Badgers dominating the game inthe turnover category, Janese Banks saw the balanced scoring as a key toWisconsin’s success.”It allows us to know that we can count on our teammates,”Banks said. “We know that we can step up. I thought Danielle [Ward] had a greatnight, I thought Teah came in and played very well. … I think that when youget all starters in double digits, … I think they know that they just can’tcount on me and Jolene, they have to respect every player on the floor…”Team defense was also vital for the Badgers, holding the Phoenixto 35-percent shooting in the second half to turn what was a winnable game forGreen Bay into a trouncing at the hands of Wisconsin.UW-Green Bay head coach Matt Bollant attributed theturnovers and Wisconsin’s seemingly easy ability to score to the Badgers’quickness and physical play.”[Wisconsin’s] quickness really made the difference at thestart of the game,” Bollant said. “They got by us off the dribble with thatfirst step, and we were just slow to recover, not only throughout the first fewpossessions, but throughout the game.”Seniors Jolene Anderson and Banks continue to lead theBadgers in scoring, notching 20 and 16 points, respectively. After a slow startscoring , Anderson turned her game into gear and picked up 12 second halfpoints.  “It says a lot aboutJo,” Stone said. “She sees the floor well, passes the ball well, she found themismatches inside, … my message to the team when we came out of the tunnelwas that we wanted to do some certain things, and Jolene made that happen.”Despite the Badgers’ poor free-throw shooting, Stone isexcited about the team’s effort and is happy to see her team improve.”I feel really good about the way we played against a goodteam,” Stone said. “Outside of the free-throw line, I think that was one of themost complete games we’ve played all season, and it’s a sign of good things tocome.””I am really proud of our team, this was a game we reallyneeded to play like this and hopefully we can forge forward from here.” As for achieving offensive goals, Anderson was relativelyhappy with the outcome of the game and how the team played too, but noted thatthe team’s energy level could be better.”It was okay,” Anderson said of the team’s energy level.”It’s something that we have to get better at, and it’s something that we haveto work on for the rest of this week. But it was better than it has been in thepast, but it’s not up to an A yet. … It’s still something that we need tofocus on.”last_img read more

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