Free Throws Decide the Game Against Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Despite a late comeback by Wisconsin, the Badgers weren't able to overcome 23 turnovers in a down to the wire loss against Indiana, 62-60 on Thursday night at Assembly Hall.

Indiana (6-22 overall, 1-14 Big Ten) scored 26 points off of Wisconsin (8-19 overall, 4-11 Big Ten) turnovers in their first Big Ten Conference win. The Hoosiers started off strong with a 10-0 run early in the first half. After a timeout by Wisconsin, the Badgers were able to stop the run with a layup from Morgan Paige to make the score 10-4 with 14:46 left in the first half.

The Hoosiers held Taylor Wurtz scoreless through the first eleven minutes of the game, but a three with 7:30 left in the first half got the Badgers within nine, 12-21. Another three from Wurtz and one from Jade Davis brought the score to 26-20 with 4:20 left in the half.

Wisconsin went on a 6-0 run to end the first half, with a layup from Ashely Thomas with 46 seconds left to get the Badgers within four points, 33-29.

The Badgers shot 33 percent from the field in the first half, while the Hoosiers shot 43 percent and recorded 18 points off of Badger turnovers. Leading the Badgers at the half were Wurtz with 11 points and Davis with nine.

Wisconsin kept its momentum going in the start of the second half, recording a 5-0 run. With a layup from Paige with 18:52 to go in the game, the Badgers had their first lead, 34-33, since being ahead 2-0 at the beginning of the night.

The Badgers got up 44-41 with a jumper from Wurtz with 13:30 left, but the lead soon went back to the Hoosiers. With shots from Aulani Sinclair and Danlisa Andujar, Indiana was up 52-46 with 9:10 left in the game.

Wisconsin was able to rally back to stay within at least three points for the rest of the half, shooting 40 percent from the field. Cassie Rochel tied it up at 58-58 with two minutes to play with a layup and free throw off the foul.

It all came down to free throws, as Indiana gained the lead with two made after a foul by Paige. Anya Covington made her two free throws after an offensive board to tie the game back up at 60-60 with 1:25 to play.

The Badgers had the chance to take the lead after Indiana missed a shot with 58 seconds left, but a jumper by Stephens was off the mark. Indiana slowed it down, looking to take the last shot of the game. Alisha Goodwin missed a layup with four seconds left, but a foul commited by Paige on an offensive rebound by Andujar gave the Hoosiers a chance to gain the lead with 3.2 seconds left.

Andujar sunk both free throws, putting Indiana on top 62-60. The Badgers got the ball to half court and Stephen put up a prayer that missed the rim at the buzzer. Indiana went 8-for-8 from the free throw line in the game, while Wisconsin was 11-15.

"We didn't come out ready to play and they took advantage of that," said Head Coach Bobbie Kelsey. "It's just disheartening because with four losses we should be ready to play, but apparently not."

Both Wurtz and Covington tallied a double-double on the night which marks the first time in school history since Feb. 3, 2008 that two players have achieved this feat. Wurtz recorded 22 points and 12 rebounds and Covington had 10 points and 11 rebounds. The Badgers outrebounded the Hoosiers 41-33, 18 being offensive.

The Badgers host Illinois on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. for their last home game of the season. Wisconsin will be honoring the team's three seniors: Anya Covington, Jade Davis and Ashley Thomas.

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