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Wisconsin Women’s Basketball Falls at Home to Ohio State, 90-67



Wisconsin Badgers Women’s Basketball
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MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin women’s basketball team fell in their second-straight B1G contest Wednesday night at the Kohl Center, losing to the Ohio State Buckeyes 90-67. The loss was the Badgers 16th of the season and 9th in conference play.

Before the game, Wisconsin coach Marisa Moseley would hand a game ball to star point guard Julie Pospisilova, who eclipsed 1,000 career points last week against Valparaiso.

Ohio State began the first quarter at a breakneck pace, winning the initial jump ball and outscoring the Badgers 29-14 in quick fashion. However, Wisconsin was able to slowly claw back from the 15-point deficit, outscoring their opponents 20-16 in the second quarter.

After a frenetic start to the third quarter, where Wisconsin women’s basketball was able to cut the Buckeyes’ lead to one point, Ohio State was able to counter and go on a 20-8 scoring run, leaving the Badgers in the dust and ending the third up 70-57.

By the time the fourth quarter was over, the Buckeyes were able to extend that lead by ten points, finishing the contest with a score of 90-67.

Wisconsin Women’s Basketball Standouts vs. Ohio State

The Badgers were once again carried by a stellar performance from freshman forward Serah Williams, whose 23 points on the night led the team and were second overall only to Ohio State’s Taylor Thierry. 

Williams’ bruising style of play from under the backboard is quickly solidifying her status as the future of Wisconsin’s women’s basketball program. The Brooklyn native would also finish her night as the team leader in blocks, steals, and free throws.

Outside of Williams, point guard Avery LaBarbera was the most electric player on the court for the Badgers Wednesday night. The Holy Cross grad transfer would finish her night with an impressive stat line of 17/2/2. LaBarbera was also perfect from the three-point line, going three for three from deep.

Reasons for Optimism + A Look Ahead 

Although the Badgers lost, there is plenty of reason to maintain enthusiasm for the future of this program under coach Marisa Moseley. 

The team is reinvigorated under her leadership. With more and more fans beginning to show up at the Kohl Center for each ensuing game, clearly, something special is cooking in America’s dairyland.

Wisconsin women’s basketball (7-16, 2-9 Big Ten) will now look to battle back from a two-game losing streak when they travel to Piscataway, New Jersey, to face the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.

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