Lady Lions Suffer Setback in Upset Loss to Wisconsin
Penn State found themselves down late in the second half to Wisconsin, a team they beat 84-40 just two weeks ago, and couldn't withstand the upset bid as they fell 63-61 at the Kohl Center in Madison, WI.
The Lady Lions paid the price for starting the game slow. Despite taking control by the end of the first half, they could not pull away from the Badgers. Down 17-6 in the first half, they managed to claw back and take a 33-29 lead at half.
Yet, Wisconsin did not fold under the pressure of the Lady Lions like they had in Happy Valley two weeks ago when they lost by 44 points. They fought back from a seven point deficient in the second to edge the Lady Lions out.
This is Penn State’s (17-3, 7-1) first loss in Big Ten play and only third loss on the season. Wisconsin’s record goes to 10-11 and 2-6 in Big Ten play.
The Lady Lions were led by an offensive effort by Maggie Lucas who had 18 points, two shy of her average. Wisconsin was led by Morgan Page who had a career-high 33 points.
Wisconsin was able to control Nikki Greene’s play, allowing her only one point, unlike the last time they met where Greene tallied 23 points.
Penn State’s next game is against Purdue at 7 p.m. on Monday Feb. 4, at the BJC.
Megan Flood is a sophomore majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact her, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.