MU women fall to Badgers

Marquette's womens' basketball team drops a 56-49 contest to in-state rival Wisconsin.

MILWAUKEE – Alyssa Karel scored a season-high 23 points as Wisconsin beat Marquette, 56-49, Friday night at the Al McGuire Center.

Karel went 9-of-15 from the field and 3-of-5 from beyond the arc to help the Badgers rebound from a 70-55 loss at Ohio State in their previous outing.

Angel Robinson led Marquette with 9 points and five assists but left the contest with 10:34 remaining in the second half after tumbling over the scorers' table in pursuit of a loose ball. Robinson was slow to get up, and could be seen cradling the back of her neck as she was escorted to the locker room. She eventually returned to the bench but did not re-enter the game.

Down by as many as eight points in the second half, Marquette closed the gap to 49-46 on a three-pointer from Courtney Weibel with 1:26 remaining. The Golden Eagles kept the deficit at three points and had a chance draw closer after a Badger turnover gave them the basketball with 30.2 seconds remaining in the game. However, Paige Fiedorowicz missed a reverse layup under the basket, and Wisconsin was able to pull away from the free-throw line.

Free-throw shooting also hampered the Golden Eagles' comeback effort, as they went 8-of-19 from the line in the second half and 9-of-21 (42.9 percent) for the game. The Badgers shot 12-of-17 (70.6 percent) from the foul line, with all their free-throws coming in the second half.

With the loss, Marquette fell to 7-10 in their all-time series versus Wisconsin.

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