The Wisconsin women’s basketball team opened the month of December by corralling Marshall, 67-49, Tuesday night at the Kohl Center.
The Badgers (7-2) had a slow start as they were unable to score until redshirt Alex Luehring made the first connection with 6:09 left in the first quarter down 7-2. A 7-0 UW run knotted the score a 7-7 with 4:16 to play in the period as Suzanne Gilreath hit the first of her 3-pointers.
UW shined in the second quarter, grabbing its first lead of the game (19-18) on a 3-pointer from Gilreath with 7:08 left in the half. Wisconsin continued its upward trend using a 7-0 run over a minute and 10 seconds to up their lead to 30-20 with 2:47 to play in the half. The Badgers outscored the Herd in second quarter ,21-10, to lead 34-23 at the break.
The Herd pulled with five points (42-37) of the Badgers with 3:43 left in the third quarter but UW found new life in the final three minutes to gain back their double figure lead. Redshirt senior Kelly Karlis hit a 3-pointer with 49 seconds left in the period to put Wisconsin up 47-37 at the end of three.
Marshall cut the UW lead to seven (52-45) with 7:36 remaining but a 5-0 run got the lead back up to 57-45 with 5:08 to play. The Herd was able to get no closer as Wisconsin went to its bench late in the game.
Wisconsin won despite shooting just 29.6 percent (24-81) from the field, but made a season-high eight 3-pointers. UW shot 42.1 percent (8-19) from deep while hitting 52.4 percent (11-21) from the free-throw line.
Marshall shot just 25.4 percent (16-63) for the game, including 31 percent (9-29) from 3-point range. The Herd also made 61.5 percent (8-13) from the free-throw line.
The Badgers were led by freshman Imani Lewis, who grabbed her fourth double-double on the season with 11 points and a career-high 14 boards. Junior Suzanne Gilreath shot in double figures, all from 3-point range (4-7), scoring a season-high 12 points. Redshirt senior Kelly Karlis also contributed 12 points while shooting 2-2 from the 3-point range.
Wisconsin dominated off the glass, outrebounding the Herd, 68-42, which led to 21 second-chance points. UW also led in the paint, 26-12, and off the bench, 33-10.
The Badgers also recorded a season-high nine blocks, led by junior Abby Laszewski, who tied her career best with four blocks.
Marshall led by Taylor Porter and Shayna Gore, who both chipped in 16 points.