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Penn State Wisconsin 63, 7 Penn State 61
Kohl Center • Madison, Wis. • Attendance: 3,602

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 • Morgan Paige: 33 Pts, 11-19 FG, 40 Min
 • Jacki Gulczynski: 16 Pts, 4-5 3-Pt, 40 Min
 • Tiera Stephen: 11 Reb, 5 Pts, 2 Ast
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 FG Percentage .411 .500
 3-Point FG Percentage .727 .500
 FT Percentage .583 .545
 Offensive Rebounds 11 7
 Defensive Rebounds 20 22
 Total Rebounds 31 29
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Jan. 31, 2013

MADISON, Wis. -- Tiera Stephen ended the night with a career-high tying 11 rebounds, but the biggest board of the night came with seven seconds remaining in the game. Stephen grabbed a missed pull up by Cassie Rochel and scored the putback, giving the Wisconsin women's basketball team a 63-61 lead over No. 7 Penn State with six seconds to go.

 Fast Facts
• Wisconsin ended PSU's 11-game win streak
• Paige finished with a career-high 33 points
• Stephen scored game winner with 5 seconds remaining

The Lady Lions were unable to find a way to score and the Badgers (10-11 overall, 2-6 Big Ten) handed Penn State (17-2, 7-1) its first Big Ten Conference loss of the season.

"It's huge for our team," said head coach Bobbie Kelsey after the game. "It's huge for our confidence, it's huge for our program. To beat a ranked team, a very highly ranked team, it shows our kids that -- a lot of people say that 'You don't have anything.' -- no, we have plenty."

Wisconsin opened the game with a 5-0 lead and held on until a jumper by Maggie Lucas with 1:52 left in the half gave PSU its first lead of the game. Entering the halftime break, the Badgers trailed by four, 33-29.

The second half of action proved to be just as exciting as the first, every time Penn State would try and pull away, the Badgers would fight their way back into the game. UW took its first lead of the second half (36-35) at the 18:02 mark on a 3-pointer by Morgan Paige.

Penn State regained the lead, taking a six-point advantage (47-41) with 10:29 to play. But the Badgers fought back to go ahead 55-53 on a 3-pointer by Jacki Gulczynski with 5:36 on the clock. Four lead changes later, the two teams found themselves locked in a 61-61 tie with 27 seconds left in the game and the Badgers in possession. Rochel's missed jumper gave Stephen the chance to play the hero with her offensive rebound and put back.

Kelsey knows that the rebound was a big one for Stephen.

"Tiera was right there, she's an excellent rebounder," remarked Kelsey. "She used the backboard on that play and it went in. That was a timely rebound like I said, probably the biggest rebound of her career."

Paige ended the night with a career-high 33 points, going 11-of-19 from the floor and recording five 3-pointers. Gulczynski wrapped up play with 16 points in 40 minutes of action.

Penn State was led by Maggie Lucas' 18 points, while Mia Nickson finished with 11 and Dara Taylor added 10.

The win came as a result of taking care of the details, something the Badgers did.

"You have to do the little things, we took care of the ball, we hit some big shots," said Kelsey. "A lot of it is hitting shots, you have to hit some shots. You can take them but not make them, but we made them tonight. That just helped us to keep that confidence that we're right in the game."

The Badgers were 21-of-42 (50 percent) from the floor, going 9-of-18 (50 percent) from 3-point range. Penn State shot 41.1 percent (23-of-56) and was 8-of-11 (72.7 percent) from beyond the arc.  Neither team shot well from the free throw line with UW hitting just 54.5 percent (12-of-22) while PSU made 58.3 percent (7-of-12).

Wisconsin was narrowly outrebounded, 31-29, but won the battle on the defensive side of the board with 22 defensive boards.  The Badgers also outscored the Lady Lions in the paint, 18-16.

UW continues its home stand with a game against Illinois on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Kohl Center. Go Badgers!

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