INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Wisconsin women's basketball team defines never giving up. Despite being down by 12 points in the second quarter, the Badgers rallied to outscore Ohio State, 51-31, in the second half to down the Buckeyes, 73-63, at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Thursday in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament.
Seniors Marsha Howard and Kelly Karlis were not going out without a fight. Howard grabbed her tenth double double of the season with a game-high 24 points and 11 rebounds, while Karlis hit her career-high of 23 points after shooting 4-4 from 3-point range and 6-6 from the free-throw line.
Junior Kendra VanLeeuwen led the team with five assists.
Wisconsin (15-17) could not connect with the basket in the first half as Ohio State (14-14) led by 10 at the half (32-22), but that quickly changed as the Badgers found their offensive rhythm to outscore Ohio State, 51-31, in the second half.
UW shot 80 percent (4-5) from 3-point range as well as 85.7 percent (12-14) from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to outscore OSU 30-17 in the period.
The Badgers took good care of the basketball throughout the game with only five turnovers while the Buckeyes had 10 giveaways. UW capitalized with 12 points off of OSU.
OSU outrebounded UW 44-38, but the Badgers led 5-2 in steals.
UW shot 37.9 percent (22-58) from the field, including 64.7 percent (11-17) from 3-point range, and 78.3 percent (18-23) from the free-throw line.
OSU shot 34.9 percent (22-63) from the field, 37 percent (10-37) from beyond the arc, and only 50 percent (9-18) from the line.
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