The University of Wisconsin women's basketball team gave up 51 points in the second half Friday night, falling to Houston 86-61 at the Houston Classic.
Although Wisconsin (2-1 overall) held a 36-35 lead going into half time, the Lady Cougars (4-0), led by senior forward Sancho Lyttle and senior guard Joann Overstreet, owned the second half, holding the Badgers to 26 points while adding nearly twice that.
Freshman guard Jolene Anderson led Wisconsin with 18 points and also had five rebounds, five turnovers and four personal fouls.
Wisconsin shot 50 percent from the field in the first half, sinking 15 of 30 shots, but went 9 of 31 in the second half, shooting only 29 percent. The Badgers also committed 26 turnovers and had only 16 assists. Houston, meanwhile, had 15 turnovers and out-rebounded Wisconsin 50-39.
"We played a tremendous first half, but the story of the game was the start of the second half," head coach Lisa Stone said. "We gave Houston too many second-chance opportunities, which got their momentum going. We hung in there, we battled, and we're going to learn a lot from this experience."
Junior forward Jordan Wilson had 10 points and seven rebounds, while senior guard Stephanie Rich collected nine points and six assists.
Women's basketball falls to Houston
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