2:30 PM ET, February 19, 2006
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.