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Depth evident as entire roster sees action

first_imgThe Badgers have been relying on Jolene Anderson since herfreshman year at Wisconsin. Unfortunately for UW, Anderson shot 3-of-12 fromthe field Tuesday night, notching a season-low 11 points against UW-Milwaukee.With Anderson’s lack of offensive presence against UWM, theBadgers needed another player to lead their team to victory over their in-staterival.Luckily for Wisconsin, its other two seniors showed up toplay.Seniors Janese Banks and Danielle Ward each recorded andtied their season highs with 23 and 10 points respectively, leading the Badgersto a commanding 79-59 victory.The two seniors knew that with Anderson not playing up toher normal standards, it was important for them to take charge of the game andpull together the team to make up for their star teammate’s atypicalperformance.”I think Jolene knew that if she was struggling, herteammates would be there to rally behind her,” Banks said. “She wasn’t heretonight, and everyone has those nights. If she were up here, she’d be sayingthe same thing — that we would be behind her 100 percent.”Compared to her 22.4 points per game average, Anderson’sperformance was anything but impressive. Without the other seniors’contributions, the game could have looked different.Banks took charge from the start of the game, leading theBadgers when Anderson was on the bench. The senior forward led both teams inscoring, and Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone did not let that point gounnoticed.”Janese Banks was on fire and our team found her, and Ithought she did a great job on getting on the offensive boards and got nice putbacks, made her free throws and did some nice things for us,” Stone said.Ward’s presence on the floor was felt right from the start,when the opening tip-off went to her for an easy lay-up, followed by animpressive block on the defensive end of the court.Ward, who usually is not a main source of offense forWisconsin, grabbed six rebounds and had three blocks. She also saw Anderson’sseeming inability to score as an opportunity for the other players to step upoffensively.”Of course we want Jolene to do what she has to do, but wejust have to do whatever it takes to win the game,” Ward said. “Even whensomeone is back on the boards, or points, or whatever, we just have to dowhatever we can do to win.”Matched up against UWM star Traci Edwards, Ward used herathletic ability to contain the powerful forward.”She’s very athletic,” Edwards said. “I liked coming in andplaying against her, it was a good match-up for the most part, and we played toour advantages.”Banks and Ward, however, were not the only significantcontributors in the victory. Sophomore guard Rae Lin D’Alie had an impressivestat line, registering eight points, seven assists and six rebounds.”Rae was great, she gave us the energy,” Stone said. “I giveher the keys to the car, and I tell her to take over and drive that team. Ithought she had great energy and made tremendous decisions, especially in thesecond half.”Above all, the Badgers have the ability to win withoutAnderson being the only source of offense. In fact, in beating Milwaukee, 11 of15 Badgers scored.”I think Lisa has done a nice job with this team,”UW-Milwaukee head coach Sandy Botham said. “There’s no doubt that she’s got themost depth she’s ever had, and they have a lot of different options now, whichmakes them that much more dangerous.”last_img

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