Wisconsin loses heartbreaker

Women's basketball falls 77-74 to Middle Tennessee State

The Wisconsin women's basketball team went on a 7-0 run late in the game but came up empty-handed as the result of costly turnovers, dropping to Middle Tennessee State 77-74.

Senior guard Stephanie Rich gave UW a 74-73 advantage with 1:34 left on the clock, putting together a four-point play and adding three on a basket 42 seconds later. Rich stole the ball from sophomore guard Chrissy Givens but coughed up the ball in one of Wisconsin's 22 turnovers. The result was a 3-point basket by senior guard Patrice Holmes, who put the Badgers up 76-74.

After Wisconsin took a 30-second time-out, junior guard Ashley Josephson attempted a 3-point shot but missed and freshman guard Jolene Anderson was fouled, sending Givens to the line. Givens missed her first shot but sank her second, sealing the 77-74 win for the Blue Raiders.

"This was a game we should have won, but we didn't bring our defensive presence from start to finish," head coach Lisa Stone said. "Our team is better than this. Our inability to put the dagger in and win the game was very frustrating."

Wisconsin trailed 34-32 at the break after sinking 13 of 39 attempts in the first half. The Badgers shot 51.6 percent in the second half on 16 of 31 shooting but it was not enough to stop MTSU, which was 16-for-28 in the second half.

"Give Middle Tennessee credit," Stone said. "We turned the ball over and didn't get the shot off. Their (winning) play was run to perfection."

Rich finished with a team-high 20 points and added four assists, while Josephson contributed 13 points and four rebounds. For the first time in the regular season, Anderson did not lead the team in scoring—she finished with 11 points and six assists.

Holmes led all teams with 25 and had six assists and six steals.

Wisconsin next heads to Milwaukee to face Marquette Wednesday at 6 p.m.

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