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Penn State women’s basketball team falls on the road at Wisconsin 69-57

MADISON, Wis. – The Penn State women’s basketball team dropped a 69-57 decision at Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center. The Nittany Lions fell to 9-8 overall and 3-4 in Big Ten play. The Badgers improved to 5-13 overall and 2-6 in conference games.

Makenna Marisa led Penn State with 26 points, going 8-of-15 from the floor. Leilani Kapinus added 10 points, six rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Tova Sabel had nine points and six rebounds off the bench. Penn State shot 42% from the floor.

Wisconsin was paced by Katie Nelson’s 24 points on 7 of 10 shooting, including four 3-pointers. Julie Pospisilova contributed 23 points, while Brooke Schramek had 13 points. The Badgers shot 44% from the field.

Penn State led 17-11 after the first quarter. With the score tied at 7-7, a three by Anna Camden and four points by Marisa helped PSU to extend its lead to 14-9 at the 4:53 mark. After a layup by Wisconsin’s Schramek, the Nittany Lions responded with a steal and a three-point play by Kapinus to close out the quarter.

Wisconsin had an 11-4 run to start the second quarter, taking a 24-21 lead with 5:27 left in the half. Nelson contributed eight points during the run. However, Penn State answered with a three-point play by Sabel to tie the game. The teams traded layups before a free throw by Pospisilova gave the Badgers a 27-26 advantage. Penn State concluded the quarter with a layup by Maddie Burke and a 3 by Marisa. The Nittany Lions led 31-27 at the break.

Penn State extended its lead to 35-27 on back-to-back layups by Ali Brigham and Shay Hagans. After a jumper by Marisa put the score at 39-35 Penn State, Wisconsin responded with a 17-4 run to end the quarter. Nelson scored 10 of the Badgers’ 17 with Schramek adding a three. Wisconsin led 52-43 after three.

The Nittany Lions cut its deficit down to five, 59-54, with 4:25 left in the game. Marisa had five points, including a 3, while Sabel scored on a pair of layups and Kapinus added a jumper. Layups by Nelson and Sydney Hilliard extended Wisconsin’s lead back to nine, 63-54, with 2:58 remaining. A jumper by Marisa and a free throw by Hagans cut the deficit back to six, 63-57, at the 1:46 mark. However, a lay-in by Hilliard and four free throws by Nelson closed out the game.

Penn State returns to the Bryce Jordan Center on Tuesday, January 25 to begin a three-game homestand against No. 25 Iowa. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Wisconsin 69, Penn State 67

PENN STATE (9-8, 3-4 BIG TEN)

Ali Brigham 1-4 0-0 2; Leilani Kapinus 4-8 1-1 10; Makenna Marisa 8-15 6-9 26; Shay Hagans 2-6 1-2 5; Kelly Jekot 0-2 0-0 0; Anna Camden 1-6 0-0 3; Tova Sabel 4-6 1-1 9; Maddie Burke 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 21-50 9-13 57.

WISCONSIN (5-13, 2-6 BIG TEN)

Katie Nelson 7-10 6-6 24; Brooke Schramek 5-12 0-0 13; Julie Pospisilova 9-17 3-4 23; Halle Douglass1-4 0-0 3; Sydney Hillard 2-8 2-3 6; Tara Stauffacher 0-1 0-0 0; Krystyna Ellew 0-2 0-0 0; Sara Stapleton 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-54 11-13 69.

PSU 17 14 12 14 — 57

Wisconsin 11 16 25 17 — 69

3-point goals: PSU 6-16 (Marisa 4-6, Camden 1-2, Kapinus 1-3, Hagans 0-1, Jekot 0-2), Wisconsin 10-22 (Nelson 4-6, Schramek k3-5, Pospisilova 2-6, Douglass 1-3, Stauffacher 0-1, Ellew 0-1). Fouled out: PSU-Kapinus; Wisconsin-none. Rebounds: PSU 31 (Camden 8), Wisconsin 30 (Schramek 8). Assists: PSU 7 (Camden 2, Hagans 2, Kapinus 2), Wisconsin 16 (Douglass 5). Technical fouls: PSU-none; Wisconsin-none. Total fouls: PSU 16, Wisconsin 12. A: 3,189.

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