Women's hoops: Badgers drop conference opener

Purdue shoots 67 percent in the second half on way to 77-57 win.

The Wisconsin women's basketball team dropped its conference opener at No. 18 Purdue 77-57 Thursday in West Lafayette, Ind.

Wisconsin was behind 37-34 with about 15 minutes left in the game but allowed Purdue (9-2, 1-0 Big Ten) to go on a 11-4 run, putting the Boilermakers up 48-38 with 11:14 left in the game. From there, Wisconsin never got closer than a nine-point deficit.

The Badgers (5-7, 0-1) coughed up 18 turnovers and amassed 21 personal fouls in the loss. Purdue hit 20 of its 26 attempted free throws, while Wisconsin made a paltry four charity shots, on only five attempts. The Boilermakers had just six fouls and did not collect a personal foul in the second half until there was approximately five minutes remaining in the game.

"Purdue is a good basketball team and they are ranked for a reason," Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone said. "We need to be more aggressive and we aren't going to win with 18 turnovers."

Badger senior guard Ashley Josephson recorded a team-high 13 points, while sophomore guards Janese Banks and Jolene Anderson contributed 11 and 10, respectively. Banks also had three fouls, six assists and seven turnovers.

Purdue senior forward Aya Traore scored a game-high 18 points on 7 of 12 shooting. Five other Boilermakers scored in double-digits: junior Katie Gearlds (13), senior guard Sharika Webb (12), freshman guard Jodi Howell (12), junior forward Erin Lawless (11) and sophomore forward Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton (10).

Purdue shot 53 percent from the field, including 16 of 24 (67 percent) in the second half. The Badgers, meanwhile, shot 40 percent on 23 of 58 shooting.

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