The Lady Lions held a lead over Wisconsin for just 36 seconds on Sunday afternoon, before the Badgers cruised by them and on to an 82-62 victory.
Penn State (6-9, 1-3) was paced by redshirt sophomore guard Lindsey Spann’s 21 points and center Candace Agee’s 16 points and nine rebounds, while Brianna Banks brought up the rear with 12 points, but the rest of the six Lady Lions who saw game action scored only a combined 13 points in the loss.
Four Wisconsin (6-8, 2-2) players reached double-digit scoring, led by guard Dakota Whyte’s 23 on 9-of-13 shooting, and complemented by guard Nicole Bauman’s 14 on 5-of-10 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 shooting from the perimeter.
The Badgers hit 12 3-pointers on 66.7 percent shooting from behind the arc throughout.
Penn State committed 14 turnovers and Wisconsin capitalized, scoring 24 points off turnovers while committing nine for 13 Lady Lions points.
Wisconsin led on the glass for much of the effort, but Penn State finished with the 40-38 rebounding advantage. However, the Badgers managed to score 25 second-chance points off 16 offensive rebounds, and also finished with six steals to Penn State’s four, and a 22-to-9 assist-to-turnover ratio to the Lady Lions’ 11-to-14.
Penn State returns to State College to host Nebraska (10-5, 1-3) on Wednesday at 7 p.m.