Anderson breaks record, Badgers win by 30
MADISON -- Wisconsin senior, and Port Wing native, Jolene Anderson set an impressive milestone Wednesday night at the Kohl Center in the Badgers' 30-point victory, 81-51, over Indiana. A 15-foot jumper midway through the second half gave Anderson...
MADISON -- Wisconsin senior, and Port Wing native, Jolene Anderson set an impressive milestone Wednesday night at the Kohl Center in the Badgers' 30-point victory, 81-51, over Indiana. A 15-foot jumper midway through the second half gave Anderson 2,218 career points, making her the all-time leading scorer in Wisconsin history, surpassing former men's basketball player Alando Tucker who finished his career in 2007 with 2,217 points.
Anderson, who finished the game with 18 points and 10 rebounds for her 25th career double-double, led UW to its sixth win in eight tries. Wisconsin improves to 14-11 overall and 7-8 in the Big Ten Conference, while Indiana, who was served its biggest loss of the season by UW, dropped to 15-12 overall and 8-7 in the league.
The Badgers got off to a hot start on both ends of the court holding Indiana to just two points through eight minutes of action, while adding 17 points of their own. Early on, Wisconsin's pushed its lead to 15 points, with six Badgers contributing to the 17-2 score.
A 3-pointer by Marshfield native ignited the Hoosiers, who were shooting just 8.3 percent from the field also through eight minutes of the game. Indiana went on to score on three consecutive possessions cutting its deficit to 10 points, 19-9, before finally reaching double figures, 21-11 with 9:40 remaining in the half.
Midway through the half, Wisconsin held Indiana at the 15-point mark while the Cardinal and White went on a seven-point run to take its largest lead of the half, 33-15. Turnovers plagued UW in the final minutes of the half, but by the time halftime rolled around, the Badgers were still up by double digits, 39-25.
Nine different Badgers contributed to the balanced scoring output for Wisconsin in the first 20 minutes of play. Leading the squad with seven points each were Anderson and Danielle Ward. Two Badgers had five points, one had four points, three had three points and one player added two points for a 39 point first-half total.
Leading all scorers in the first half was Indiana's junior forward Amber Jackson who was 6-of-8 from the field for 12 points. Braun added seven points in the first half while Whitney Thomas tallied four points and four rebounds.
As a team, Wisconsin hit 15-of-26 first-half shots for a shooting percentage of 57.7, while holding counterpart Indiana to just 35.5 percent from the field. In addition, UW outrebounded IU 18-to-14 in the first half, but Wisconsin recorded more turnovers than Indiana having 11 at the half to IU's eight.
Entering the second half, the Badgers continued what they started in the early minutes of the competition, breaking out into a 23-point lead, 54-31, just five minutes in. Wisconsin kept up the intensity and ball movement on the offensive end, never allowing Indiana to set its zone. And with multiple Badgers shooting well, Indiana was unable to stop the roaring home team.
A record-breaking moment occurred with 8:52 on the clock when Anderson stepped to the outside left wing and hit a 15-foot jumper (her 14th point of the game), to become the University of Wisconsin's all-time leading scorer with 2,218 points, surpassing former men's basketball player Alando Tucker who finished his career in 2007 with 2,217 points. Anderson accomplished this feat in just 118 career games, while it Tucker set the record in his 134th career game. A standing ovation and loud cheering from the crowd of 5,484, congratulated the guard on her outstanding achievement.
With less than nine minutes remaining on the clock, and with Wisconsin never letting up, the win was basically in the bag. With 5:43 to go, UW had a 27-point lead and did not look to be slowing down anytime soon. All the starters ended their game with about three minutes left, and UW's bench increased the Badger lead to 30 points for a final 81-51 victory over Indiana who sat alone in fifth place in the Big Ten entering the game.
Anderson finished the game with her seventh double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Fellow classmate Danielle Ward tallied 14 points in the game on 6-of-9 shooting from the field. The forward fouled out of the competition with 4:19 to go in the game. Mariah Dunham also finished with double figures, adding 11 points in the game. Three additional Badgers tallied seven, eight and nine points.
Indiana's Jackson ended the game with 18 points, while Thomas added eight points and Braun was held to just seven points which she tallied all in the first half.
Topping off their busy schedule, the Badgers conclude their three-game week at Minnesota on Saturday. UW takes on the Gophers in an 11 a.m. battle, which will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network. Earlier this season, Wisconsin fell to Minnesota at the Kohl Center (Jan. 7) 81-73, in a match-up closer than the final score reveals. All-time at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minnesota leads the series 16-9 over Wisconsin.
BADGER BITS: Anderson has hit a 3-pointer in 100 of 118 career games at Wisconsin. ... Anderson has scored double digits in 113 of 118 career games. ... Anderson finished the night with 18 points and 10 rebounds, for her seventh double-double of the season and 25th of her career, which ranks her fifth all-time at UW.
UW Head Coach Lisa Stone Quotes
On starting the game out strong: "What we wanted to do was by the first media [timeout] show our aggressiveness and our intensity. I thought we had really good movement offensively and defensively, I don't think we let the zone or the pressure bother us this time. It was a much different game than down in Bloomington, but Indiana is a really good team. They really are. They are a very fine time and we just played really well tonight, offensively and defensively. We got a lot of people involved and it was a record breaking day for Jo [Anderson] and birthdays for Ivana [Mijalcevic] and Janese [Banks], it was just a good day for us."
On Wisconsin having such balanced scoring: "It [balanced scoring] is something we are really going to need. It is a short turn around. Our team is playing three games in four and a half days and we showed some courage, I don't think we showed fatigue, I don't think. I thought we were crisp. We turned the ball over in a couple of lulls - in the first half for a couple of minutes and in the second half for a couple of minutes, but those are some things that we can talk about, but that is a good defensive team. I thought we shared the ball well and shot the ball well and the balanced scoring is something we are really going to need down the stretch."
On Jolene Anderson's record breaking night and the mountain she stands on top of here at UW: "It is amazing and we still have a lot of games to play so she not only broke it, but she will continue to shatter it. What else can Jolene do? She has been a terrific Badger. She will go down as the most decorated women's basketball player in terms of all the records. I give her a lot of credit, she is a great player. You also saw her pass up some opportunities, I wasn't really tracking it, but she passed it up. She hit Mariah [Dunham] on a layup that would have done it. She has a way of doing that though, I saw her do it in high school. I came to watch it and she did it that same thing and had her friend get it first. She is an unselfish player and a person who is playing really well right now and we'll need her to play well the rest of the way."
IU Head Coach Felisha Legette-Jack Quotes
Opening Statement: "I want to say congratulations to Jolene Anderson. I think she's a fantastic player who really has taken Wisconsin to a whole other level. I had an opportunity to coach her with USA Basketball and it was my privilege and my honor. You guys have a gym right here in your back yard and you guys are appreciated. Your fan support has been tremendous. And my hat's off to Wisconsin in tonight's game. They really played hard. They played hard for their coach and hard for each other, and it was really fun to see."
Other than home court, what was the difference between her team's performance against Wisconsin earlier in the season and the game tonight?
"We didn't attack the basket. We certainly didn't box out tonight and it's indicative on the rebounding from 24 to 41. That's something that we took pride - our box out and our rebound - and we did a tremendous job in our last game. I certainly need to watch a little bit more film to find out what really went wrong and we're certainly going to make some changes in our team, because we don't take a 30-point loss and not make a difference."
"I have a young team here that's trying to find their way and my energy right now is towards them....We took a hit today."
"I wasn't pleased with our defense at all at the beginning. I think that we'll fix it. We'll recognize some of the things that we've done wrong and we'll get better. I think we've proven that we can handle some adversity and whenever we have games like this we turn out to be a better team for it. Sometimes you have to take a hit like this to find your way."