The Badgers met their first nationally ranked team in No. 22 Boston College and saw their three-game winning streak stopped with a 76-60 loss in Boston, Tuesday night. UW drops to 5-4 and begins the Big Ten season Friday with No. 18 Ohio State. BC starts its league play with a school best 10-1 mark.
The Badgers played the Eagles close in the opening moments with three lead changes before the BC lead ballooned to 20-11 with 11:26 remaining. Wisconsin countered with a 9-2 run to come within two (22-20) with 8:15 remaining. That was as close as UW would get as the Eagles finished the half with a 16-2 run to lead 44-30 at the break.
"I thought our basketball team was ready to play," Stone said. "I recall vividly the 20-22 moment in the first half then they finish with a 16-2 run. We were right where we wanted to be before that run."
BC's Jessalyn Deveny shot her average in the first 20 minutes with 17 points and finished with a game-high 26. Wisconsin had difficulty executing its offense due to fouls and 13 first half turnovers. Wisconsin fouls put Boston College to the line where the experts hit 11 of 13 first half free throws and finished the game 14-for-16 (87.5 percent).
"We addressed our defensive issues at half time," Stone said. "I thought we did a better job on second half. We out-rebounded them which is a positive, but had too many mental mistakes."
Badgers had a season-high 3-point percentage (54.5 percent), hitting 6 of 11, but also tied its season-high with 23 turnovers.
Ashley Josephson and Stephanie Rich led the UW's scoring with seven points each at the break. Josephson never scored again. Rich added six in the second to lead the Badgers with 13 points. Lello Gebisa had 12 points and was a co-leader with Jordan Wilson in rebounds with seven boards apiece.
BC's greatest second half lead was 24 points twice; the last was 73-49 with 2:40 remaining. The Badgers closed with an 11-3 run. Lello Gebisa had four of the points in that run to finish the game, 76-60.
"I believe in this basketball team," Stone said, "We have a group that is absorbing everything we say. We're making some improvements, but we need to play better for a longer period of time. We can't have spurts of greatness it has to come in handfuls of 40 minutes."