Badgers second-half rally comes up short

Courtesy: MGN

It was a Sunday afternoon Big Ten showdown at the Kohl Center for the Wisconsin women's basketball team. Trailing 37-14 after the first quarter, the Badgers would outscore No. 25 Indiana in the remaining periods but could not overcome the early deficit, falling 75-68.

Wisconsin (10-7, 1-4 BIG) cut the Indiana lead to 52-34 at the half and came out strong in the third quarter. UW opened with a 3-pointer from Niya Beverley at the 9:24 mark (52-37) that started an 8-0 run over the first three minutes of the period. A Marsha Howard layup at 7:02 made it a 10-point game (52-42) before another Howard layup cut the Hoosier lead to eight (56-48) with 2:41 to go in the third.

Indiana got its lead back up to 16 points (71-55) with 3:20 remaining before the Badgers started another comeback. A 10-1 Wisconsin run cut into the Hoosiers advantage as UW pulled within seven (72-65) with 44 seconds on the clock.

The Badgers' were forced to foul, sending Indiana to the line where it made 3-4 over the final 42 seconds to seal the win.

UW shot 47.5 percent (28-59) from the field and 30 percent (3-10) from 3-point range. UW struggled from behind the line, shooting 45 percent (9-20).

The Hoosiers shot an opponent season-high 52 percent (26-50) from the field, but would dominate from 3-point range at 57.1 percent (8-14) and the free-throw line shooting 78.9 percent (15-19).

Howard led the Badgers, recording her seventh double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Three other Badgers scored in double figures. Beverley added a career-high 15 points while senior Kelly Karlis (11) and freshman Imani Lewis (10) both scored 10-or-more points.

UW outrebounded IU 34-29, including 15 offensive boards that led to 13 second-chance points.

The Badgers also led points in the paint, 46-26, and bench points, 17-9.

UW dished off 15 assists, including seven by Beverley, while stealing the ball eight times., scoring 19 points off Indiana turnovers. Wisconsin finished with 14 turnovers, giving up nine points.

Indiana was led by Jaelynn Penn, who grabbed 21 points, including 4-for-4 from the 3-point line. Kym Royster and Ali Patberg both added 15 points while Brenna Wise chipped in 13 points.

Wisconsin used a 6-0 run in the first quarter to tie the game, 13-13, at the 5:11 mark in the period, but Indiana was nearly unstoppable for the rest of the period, shooting 82 percent (14-17) from the field, using a 24-3 run for its 37-14 first-quarter advantage.

Notes to know
• Sophomore Niya Beverley scored a career-high 15 points, shooting 6-10 from the field, including 2-2 from 3-point range. The 5-foot-7 guard also added seven assists, two rebounds and one steal.
• Senior Marsha Howard picked up her team-best sixth double-double this season with a team-high 19 points and 10 rebounds. The 6-foot forward shot a season-high 9-13 (.692) from the field while tying her season high with two blocks.
• Redshirt senior Kelly Karlis tied her career high by shooting a perfect 4-4 from the free-throw line. She also tied a season best with three blocks.
• Indiana scored a season-high 75 points against the Badgers, including 37 points in the first quarter, the most points allowed in a quarter by Wisconsin. The Hoosiers also shot an opponent season-high 52 percent (26-50) from the field, including 57.1 percent (8-14) from 3-point range.

Straight from the court
Head Coach Jonathon Tsipis

Opening statement:
"Obviously it's a game of quarters. Indiana goes on that unbelievable offensive run, and hats off to them for their execution. I thought our team did a great job in quarters two, three and four, but when you put yourself in that hole, it becomes so physically and mentally draining. But I'm really proud. I thought our kids fought to the very end. The greater good from this game is watching our kids compete. The entire team put it on themselves to dig back in. They fought, they clawed. I'm proud of our kids."

On today's energy:
"I thought our crowd was phenomenal. Great excitement, great energy when we needed it. As a parent, I know I sure as heck would bring my kids back to watch that effort that our kids gave."

Marsha Howard
On keeping the team's energy up even through foul trouble:
"I just have to get out there and set the tone and bring the team with me. Once they saw the energy I brought out there, even though I had two fouls, they were right along beside me. We just needed to continue from there."

Niya Beverley
On what today's game shows about the team:

"It shows that we have heart and that we're not going to give up, no matter what. We were down by 20-plus in the first quarter and we never gave up, we just kept fighting our way back, and that shows that we have a lot of heart as a team."

Up next
The Badgers are back at home Thursday night for a Border Battle redemption versus Minnesota on Thursday. Tip time is 7 p.m. from the Kohl Center.