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Turnovers plague Wisconsin in 54-48 loss at Michigan State

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Wisconsin Michigan State 54, Wisconsin 48
Breslin Center • East Lansing, Mich. • Attendance: 14,024

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23 25 48
  Michigan State 30 24 54
 Statistical Leaders
 • Morgan Paige: 17 Pts
 • Cassie Rochel:7 Pts, 14 Reb
 • Jacki Gulczynski: 10 Pts, 4 Reb
 Stats at a Glance
 FG Percentage .353 .368
 3-Point FG Percentage .286 .200
 FT Percentage .727 .667
 Offensive Rebounds 10 13
 Defensive Rebounds 25 25
 Total Rebounds 35 38
 Turnovers 19 15
 Points in the paint 28 20
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March 3, 2013

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The Wisconsin women's basketball team came up short at Michigan State, losing its last game of the regular season, 54-48, on Sunday afternoon. Morgan Paige led all scorers with 17 points.

The Badgers finished the regular season 11-18 overall and 3-13 in Big Ten play for 11th place heading into the Big Ten Tournament. Michigan State improves to 22-7 overall and 10-6 in the Big Ten, ending tied for third place.

 Fast Facts
Morgan Paige leads all scorers with 17 points
Cassie Rochel and Morgan Paige play all 40 minutes 
Tessa Cichy plays career-high 31 minutes

Wisconsin started slow in the first half with early turnovers, ending up down, 8-2, four minutes into the game. Jacki Gulczynski got the Badgers in double-digits, down 18-10, after she got fouled on a drive into the lane and made both her free throws.

The Badgers switched to a 2-3 zone in the first half to slow down the Spartan offense. A 3-pointer from Tessa Cichy kept Wisconsin in the game, down 24-17 with 3:26 left in the first half.

Wisconsin went into the locker room after Tiera Stephen made a last-second layup to bring the score to 30-23.

The second half started like the first did, and the Spartans scored four easy points off turnovers in the first three minutes. However, Paige heated up and led Wisconsin on an 8-0 run, to cut Wisconsin's deficit to 40-34 with 12 minutes left in the game.

The Badgers continued to keep the score close and a layup from Nicole Bauman got Wisconsin within four, bringing the score to 41-45.

With three minutes remaining, Paige stole a pass and scored the breakaway basket, minimizing the Spartans lead at 50-47.

Unfortunately, that was as close as Wisconsin could get, as the Spartans pulled away in the last two minutes. The Badgers had good opportunities at the end of the game, but missed three 3-pointers and fell to Michigan State 54-48.

Paige finished the game with 17 points and Gulczynski added 10 for the Badgers. Cassie Rochel pulled down 14 boards, nine in the second half. Tiera Stephen grabbed 10 rebounds, one shy of her career high.

Michigan State scored 22 points off of Wisconsin's 19 turnovers, a deciding factor in the game. The teams were evenly matched in shooting on the game. The Badgers were 18-51 (.353) and the Spartans went 21-57 (.368).

Wisconsin faces either Purdue or Illinois in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday, March 7, at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

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