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Game of runs: Badgers fall short to No. 11 Penn State 78-68


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Wisconsin 11 Penn State 78, Wisconsin 68
Bryce Jordan Center • University Park, Pa. • Attendance: 12,585

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Feb. 16, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Wisconsin women’s basketball team battled with the No. 11-ranked Penn State Lady Lions at the Bryce Jordan Center on Sunday afternoon but came up short, falling to the Lady Lions 78-68.

"Penn State is a very good team - it's the reason they are 20-5," said head coach Bobbie Kelsey. "They've got some big bodies in there, we were a little bit smaller, but our kids played tough.

"I'm proud of our team, they played really hard. (There were) a couple of instances where we didn't cover people properly, but they did a good job of taking advantage of what they had out there."

 Fast Facts
Nicole Bauman (17 pts.) and Malayna Johnson (6 pts.) score career highs
• Three Badgers score double digits
• Wisconsin battles No. 25 Michigan State, returning to the Kohl Center on Thursday

The Badgers opened up the game with a 6-0 run and led Penn State 11-2 with 16:43 remaining in the first. But the Lady Lions countered with a run of their own, pulling within 13-12 with 12:24 left in the first.A layup by senior Morgan Paige gave the Badgers a 16-12 lead, but Penn State scored two quick layups and then a 3-pointer by Maggie Lucas gave Penn State its first lead with 9:02 to play in the first.With 6:02 remaining, the Lady Lions held a 30-20 lead thanks to a 14-4 run which was capped off with a steal and a layup from PSU’s Dara Taylor.

Wisconsin responded with a 12-6 run of its own and two 3-pointers by sophomore Nicole Bauman pulled the Badgers within four (32-36) with 54 seconds remaining in the first. Penn State closed out the half with a 40-34 lead.

The Badgers and Penn State opened up the second half trading baskets and the Lady Lions held a 47-39 lead with 17:28 remaining. But a layup and a jumper by redshirt junior Michala Johnson started a 10-4 run by Wisconsin to cut the deficit to two (49-51) with 13:07 remaining in regulation. 

With 8:03 remaining, Bauman drained a 3-pointer to tie up the game for the first time since 10:43 in the first. A strong layup by freshman Malayna Johnson gave UW the 58-56 lead -- its first of the half -- with 7:11 left in the game.

But thanks to missed opportunities by the Badgers and hot shooting by the Lady Lions, Penn State stormed on a 15-5 run to take a 71-63 lead with 1:47 remaining.

"... we missed a lot of opportunities," Kelsey added. "You miss point-blank range layups. We got the shots we wanted we just didn't make them."

A 3-pointer by Bauman pulled UW within five (66-71), but Wisconsin couldn’t capitalize on its final opportunities, dropping the game and falling to 3-10 in Big Ten play and 10-15 overall. Penn State improves to 11-2 in Big Ten action and 20-5 overall.

UW finished the game shooting 43.9 percent (25-of-57), including 31.6 percent (6-of-19) from beyond the arc. The Lady Lions shot 29-of-65 (44.6 percent) from the field, including 2-of-5 (40.0 percent) from 3-point range.

Penn State shot 18-of-21 from the line (85.7 percent) while the Badgers went to the line 16 times, making 12 for 75 percent. 

Wisconsin ended with three players in double figures. Michala Johnson led the Badgers with 19 points and eight rebounds. Bauman scored a career-high 17 points on an impressive career-best five 3-pointers made. She shot 5-for-8 (62.5 percent) from beyond the arc. Senior Taylor Wurtz closed out UW’s double-digit scoring with 16 points and added eight rebounds.

Paige added eight points and seven assists, while junior Jacki Gulczynski grabbed seven rebounds and chipped in two points. Malayna Johnson added a career-high six points.

Four Lady Lions tallied double-digit points led by Maggie Lucas, who finished with 25 points and five rebounds. Ariel Edwards recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while both Dara Taylor and Tori Waldner logged 10 points.

Penn State only turned the ball over seven times and forced UW to commit 15 turnovers. The Badgers edged the Lady Lions in rebounding, 37-36.

"Some of the stuff we do is baffling to me because it's not what you want to do to beat a team like that," Kelsey said. "You have to be solid and very sure about what you're doing and some of the miscommunications were disappointing because we just don't do that, but you have to weather the storm. I think we showed a lot of poise, a lot of character, but there were spurs where we didn't have that poise and they made us pay."

Wisconsin continues its stretch of playing ranked opponents when it returns to the Kohl Center on Thursday, Feb. 20, for an 8 p.m. game against No. 25 Michigan State.

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