Women's basketball notes: dreary performance

Season lows abound in 76-43 loss to Penn State

The University of Wisconsin women's basketball team decorated its 76-43 loss at No. 24 Penn State Thursday evening with a number of season lows:

The Badgers set season lows for points scored and field goal percentage, connecting on just 13 of 57 shots for a 23 percent evening. In two games against Penn State this season, UW made a combined 27 percent of its shots (33 of 124).

Prior to Thursday, Wisconsin's season low in points and shooting percentage came in a 74-49 home loss to Minnesota, in which the Badgers shot 27 percent. UW travels to Minneapolis this Sunday to face the Gophers again.

In their past three games, the Badgers have made a miserly 29 percent of their field goal attempts (59 of 201). Wisconsin has now shot below 30 percent in a game four times this season.

In Wisconsin's first matchup with Penn State, freshman dynamo Jolene Anderson went off for 27 points. Thursday, however, she was held to nine points on 4 of 14 shooting, the second-lowest point total of her career.

The Badgers had just one player in double figures: junior forward Annie Nelson, whose 4 of 7 shooting performance also made her the only Badger to make more than 50 percent of her shots Thursday. Nelson finished with 14 points and also led UW in rebounding with seven, the 11th time this season she has led the Badgers on the glass.

Wisconsin's 26 turnovers Thursday matched a season high initially set in an 86-51 loss to Houston Nov. 26. It was the fifth time this season the Badgers had more than 20 turnovers in a game. Anderson and fellow freshman guard Janese Banks each had five turnovers and only one player did not suffer a turnover – freshman guard Akiya Alexander, who played just six minutes.

Wisconsin has now lost eight straight to Penn State and is 4-20 all-time versus the Nittany Lions.

On the positive side, UW recorded 10 steals, marking the 10th time this season the Badgers have notched double-figure steals. Senior guard Stephanie Rich had three steals, improving her team-leading total to 48. Banks also had three steals.

Anderson made 1 of 2 3-point attempts, drawing within five of tying the school freshman record for triples in a season (Anderson has 42).

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