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Wisconsin sends rival No. 16 Minnesota to fourth straight loss

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Janese Banks and Shari' Welton celebrated
at center court after Wisconsin knocked off Minnesota (No. 16 ESPN/USA Today; No. 17 AP).

It's been less than festive for the Golden Gophers.

The Badgers secured a big win for a program that hasn't
celebrated much this season, while Minnesota dropped its fourth
straight.

Banks scored 18 points to lead four players in double figures as
Wisconsin upset the Golden Gophers 67-61 on Sunday, finally
finishing off a ranked opponent.

The Badgers (11-16, 5-10 Big Ten) had blown leads down the
stretch at home earlier in the season against then-No. 11 Notre
Dame and then-No. 12 Michigan State, but there was no such collapse
against the rival Gophers.

"We've never felt this throughout our whole career here at
Wisconsin," said senior Ashley Josephson, who joined the team
after its last winning season in 2001-02. "It's unbelievable. You
can't explain it."

Sophomore forward Danielle Ward scored underneath with 55.2
seconds left to break a 61-61 tie, and Banks sank four free throws
in the final 18.1 seconds to ice the game for Wisconsin.

Ward scored all 10 of her points in the second half. She gave
Wisconsin its first lead at 51-50 with 8:28 left, and then grabbed
a pass from Jordan Wilson on the block to put the Badgers up for
good.

"Danielle probably finishes 98 percent of the time down
there," said Jolene Anderson, who scored 13 points. "She got in
great position. Us guards just need to feed her the ball."

Jamie Broback scored 21 points for Minnesota (17-8, 9-5).

Broback, who scored 15 points in the first half, was forced to
the bench for a critical stretch in the second half with four
fouls. The 6-foot-3 forward exited the game with 12:32 left and the
Gophers holding a 45-41 lead, and did not return until 3:45 left
with her team down 59-55.

"We can't have Jamie sitting on the bench for very long," said
Minnesota coach Pam Borton. "Jamie's got to find a way to keep
herself on the floor."

Broback scored and was fouled with 1:20 left to tie it 61-all,
but missed the free throw and the chance to give Minnesota the
lead.

Anderson scored on a pair of drives on back-to-back possessions
to give Wisconsin a 59-55 lead. The sophomore's 13 points put her
in double figures for the 27th consecutive game.

Josephson added 13 points for the Badgers, including a pair of
timely 3-pointers in the first half as Wisconsin salvaged what
appeared to be a blowout in the making with a 12-0 run going into
halftime.

"The difference in the game was the four and a half, five
minutes going into halftime," Borton said.

Minnesota scored the game's first eight points, and rattled off
a 9-0 spurt later in the half as the Gophers looked primed to pull
away after taking a 14-point lead.

Shannon Schonrock, Minnesota's all-time leading 3-point shooter,
hit three of them in the first half, but was held scoreless in the
second.