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Michigan 79, No. 24 Wisconsin 70

March 1, 1998

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Anne Thorius scored 23 points to lead Michigan past No. 24 Wisconsin 79-70 Saturday in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten women’s basketball tournament.

It was Michigan’s first victory in the women’s tournament. The third-seeded Wolverines (19-18) play Penn State in one of Sunday’s semifinals in the RCA Dome. Purdue plays top-seeded Iowa in the other semifinal.

Michigan scored seven straight points to take the lead for good, 58-52. Thorius put the Wolverines ahead 54-52 with a 3-pointer and Kenisha Walker followed with four straight points.

The Wolverines twice built 11-point leads in the final six minutes and held off the Badgers by hitting free throws in the final minutes.

LaTonya Sims led sixth-seeded Wisconsin (21-9) with 23 points, and Ann Klapperich had 16.

Wisconsin took an 8-0 lead as Michigan went scoreless for the first two minutes. The Wolverines tied it at 17 with two free throws by Ann Lemire with 9:13 left in the first half and led 35-32 at halftime.

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