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Penn State Women's Basketball: Lady Lions Upset at Wisconsin After Late Put Back

by on January 31, 2013 10:51 PM

Rapid Recap: Wisconsin 63, No. 7 Penn State 61

How it Happened: The Penn State women's basketball team saw its dream of an undefeated Big Ten season come to a screeching halt Thursday night in Madison, Wis., as the Badgers, a team Penn State defeated by 44 points two weeks ago, used key 3-point shooting and a stingy defense to upset the seventh-ranked Lady Lions in the Kohl Center, 63-61.

Tierra Stephen put back a missed jumper by teammate Cassie Rochel that gave the Badgers the final lead with five seconds to play. Penn State coach Coquese Washington called a timeout and had point guard Alex Bentley bring the ball the length of the floor and get a good look at the basket. The shot rolled off the rim, and the celebration started for Wisconsin.

Turning Point: Penn State opened up a six-point lead midway in the second half in what could have been the beginning of the end for the Badgers, but they prevailed by fighting back and turning the game into a see-saw affair down the stretch in which Wisconsin came out on top. It may have been the biggest upset for a Lady Lions team since the 2004-05 season, when Penn State went into Northwestern and lost to a struggling Wildcat team, 59-48.

Player of the Game: Wisconsin's Morgan Paige scored a career-high 33 points. For Penn State, Maggie Lucas, who seemed to be the only one that could score, tallied 18 points on 7-for-12 shooting and 4-for-6 from beyond the arc. Mia Nickson scored 11 and Dara Taylor added 10 as the only other players in double figures.

Stat of the Game: Wisconsin was a torrid 9-for-18 from 3-point land, and Paige was an incredible 11-for-19 from the field, including 5-for-10 from beyond the arc.

What it Means: Monday night's matchup against rival Purdue takes on much more meaning. Purdue defeated Indiana on Thursday night, and with Penn State's loss, both teams are 7-1 in conference play.

On Deck: Monday night's matchup at the Bryce Jordan Center is the only regular-season meeting between the Boilermakers and Lady Lions, with the winner having the edge in the tie breaker when it comes to postseason seedings for the Big Ten Tournament.



Jerry Fisher hosts "Centre County This Morning," appearing weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on 970 WBLF. He is now a regular columnist for StateCollege.com, as well.
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