After winning the first 14 games of the season, the Indiana women's basketball team has now dropped two in a row. Wednesday night, the Hoosiers fell at Wisconsin. Here is the report that was put out by IU media relations on the game.
MADISON, Wis. – In a game that saw 12 lead changes and 10 ties, Indiana could not hold on as Wisconsin edged the Hoosiers at the Kohl Center on Wednesday night, 65-60.
Larryn Brooks led Indiana with 14 points as Alexis Gassion tallied a career high 13 points to go along with eight rebounds in the effort.
Points were hard to come by in the early going as IU held Wisconsin without a field goal for the game's first 5:11. The Hoosiers strung some offense together to take a 9-6 advantage early on.
The Badgers went on an 8-0 run to build their biggest lead of the half at 14-9 with 10:06 left. Indiana's Tabitha Gerardot silenced that run with layup in the paint. Simeone Deloach later hit a jump shot and Brooks added a layup to put IU back on top, 15-14, with 8:11 on the clock.
After the teams traded free throws, Wisconsin's Jacki Gulczynski nailed a 3-pointer to put UW in the lead, 18-16. The lead was short lived as IU's Taylor Agler drove for a layup to tie it. A Brooks field goal and a Gassion jumper capped a 13-4 run as Indiana led by four points. The Hoosiers would eventually take a 24-22 lead into the halftime break.
After a Wisconsin bucket tied the game right out of the break, IU's Gassion nailed a 3-point field goal and Sasha Chaplin hit back-to-back jumpers just inside the arc to give Indiana a 31-24 lead 18:03 to play.
The Badgers fought right back with a 10-3 run of their own to tie the game at 34-34. The game would stay close the rest of the way.
With Wisconsin leading 41-38, Agler and Lyndsay Leikem connected on layups to put IU back on top 42-41. Indiana built a lead of 46-43 before Wisconsin scored six straight to give the home team the lead, 49-46, with 6:36 to go.
Chaplin grabbed an offensive board and was fouled while hitting the put back. She converted the free throw for the three-point play to tie it at 49-49. Both teams traded buckets before Brooks hit a contested runner to give IU a 55-53 lead.
Wisconsin then scored six straight to build a 59-55 advantage with 1:45 on the clock. UW's Nicole Bauman later made it 60-55 with a free throw. Indiana's Karlee McBride answered with a 3-pointer from the corner to cut the lead to two with 37 seconds remaining.
Another Bauman free throw for Wisconsin took the Badger lead back up to three. Indana's Gerardot was fouled on the next IU possession and nailed a pair from the charity stripe to make it a 61-60 UW lead with 21 seconds to play.
IU was forced to foul and Wisconsin hit two free throws to make it 63-60. Indiana ran a play and McBride had her 3-point attempt tipped and the Hoosiers knocked the ball out of bounds.
Wisconsin found an open Michala Johnson for a long catch and a layup to seal the win for the Badgers with eight seconds to go.
Indiana shot just 33.8 percent from the field and just 3-of-19 from beyond the arc. Neither team led by more than eight points the entire game.
IU will look to rebound on the road on Friday night in West Lafayette as the Hoosiers take on No. 22/19 Purdue in Mackey Arena at 7 p.m. ET on Jan. 17.