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Badgers go cold on the road at No. 18 Penn State

18 Penn State 69, Wisconsin 54
Bryce Jordan Arena • University Park, Pa.
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 Wisconsin (8-16, 4-8) 26 28 54
 Penn State (19-5, 9-3) 41 28 69
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 • Anya Covington: 20 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Stl
 • Taylor Wurtz: 11 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 St.
 • Ashley Thomas: 5 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Blk
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 FG Percentage .373 .483
 3-Point FG Percentage .083 .400
 FT Percentage .882 .818
 Offensive Rebounds 10 10
 Defensive Rebounds 22 24
 Total Rebounds 32 34
 Turnovers 17 14
 Assists 7 11
 Steals 7 8
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A sluggish offense put the Wisconsin women’s basketball team in the hole early, as the Badgers suffered a 69-54 loss to No. 18 Penn State on the road in University Park on Thursday night. The loss drops the Badgers to 8-16 overall (4-8 Big Ten), while the Nittany Lions improve to 19-5 (9-3).

 Fast Facts
• Covington leads all scorers with 20 points
• Badgers suffer second-straight league loss
• UW has weekend off, returns to action Feb. 16

Wisconsin mounted a small comeback in the second half, going shot-for-shot with the Lions, but it was not enough to overcome a 15-point first-half deficit.

Penn State opened the game with a quick 8-0 run before a pair of free throws by Morgan Paige at 17:30 put the Badgers on the board. The Nittany Lions extended their lead to 13, 21-8, on a layup by Nikki Green with 12:11 to go.

The Lions went ahead by 18 twice before a pair of free throws by Ashley Thomas  with two minutes remaining cut their lead to 10, 34-24. A 7-2 run put PSU up by 15, 41-26, to close out the first half.

Penn State opened up the second half of play with a 4-0 run, but the Badgers fought back, closing the PSU lead to eight, 52-44, with 11:54 to play. However, UW went cold for more than six minutes, allowing Penn State to take a 17-point lead, 61-44, with 5:50 remaining on the clock.

Anya Covington hit a pair of jumpers and Lindsay Smith scored a layup to bring the Badgers within 11, 65-54, with 1:54 remaining, but it was too little too late for Wisconsin, as Penn State scored a pair of layups to win the game 69-54.

Covington led all scorers with 20 points after missing the previous two games due to an illness. Taylor Wurtz recorded her 23rd double-digit scoring performance with 11 points and Thomas led the Badgers with six boards.

Four Penn State players scored in double-digits, led by Maggie Lucas’ 16 points.

Wisconsin was 19-of-51 (37.3 percent) from the floor, including 1-of-12 (8.3 percent) shooting from beyond the arc. The Badgers netted 15 of 17 free throws (88.2 percent).

Penn State shot 28-of-58 (48.3 percent) from the floor, going 4-of-10 (40 percent) from 3-point range. PSU was 9-of-11 (81.8 percent) from the charity stripe.

The Nittany Lions narrowly out-rebounded the Badgers, 34-32, and committed 14 turnovers. Wisconsin turned the ball over 17 times and dished out seven assists.

Wisconsin takes the weekend off and returns home to the Kohl Center on Thursday, Feb. 16, to host Michigan State at 7 p.m. The University of Wisconsin Athletic Department will be celebrating breast cancer awareness and the "Play 4 Kay" initiative during the game. The women's basketball program encourages fans to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness.

The team will wear pink shooting shirts during warm-ups with the coaches also donning pink. Additionally, "Play 4 Kay" informational messages will also be displayed on the video board.  

Fans can also take part by purchasing a special ticket package for the Feb. 16 game. Presented by Coca-Cola, it includes two game tickets and two pink knit hats for only $15.

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