MADISON, WI (WSAU) The Wisconsin women’s basketball team won its first game over Ohio State in 12 years Sunday, 68-to-49 in Madison. It ended a 20-game losing string to the Buckeyes. The Badgers also snapped a six-game overall skid, while getting their first Big Ten victory against five losses.
Ohio State took a four-point lead at the break. But Morgan Paige tied the game for Wisconsin with a pair of three-pointers early in the second half. The Buckeye defense then keyed on Paige, while the rest of the Badgers’ offense got hot. They jumped out to an 11-point lead with just under 14 minutes left – and they slowly pulled away after that.
Paige led the Badgers with 28 points, one shy of her career-best – and she made all 11 of her free throws. Jacki Gulczynski scored all 14 of her points in the second half. Cassie Rochel had all eight of her points after halftime. She also had career highs with 14 rebounds and five assists.
The Badgers held the Big Ten’s leading scorer, Tayler Hill, to 16 points – five below her season average. The Buckeyes fell to 1-and-5 in the Big Ten – tied for last with the Badgers in the conference standings.
Ohio State is now 11-and-8 overall. Wisconsin is 9-and-10, and will play at Iowa on Thursday night.