Badger sophomore standout guard Jolene Anderson scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for her fourth career double-double, while senior guard Ashley Josephson had 10 points. Sophomore forward Danielle Ward contributed nine points and three rebounds but fouled out in just eight minutes.
For Penn State, freshman guard Mashea Williams scored a game-high 20 points while forward Amanda Brown added 15 points and 13 rebounds, guard Kamela Gissendanner had 14 and sophomore guard Adrienne Squire added 10.
With sophomore point guard Janese Banks and senior forward Annie Nelson nursing injuries, and with sophomore guard Akiya Alexander taking a personal leave of absence, Wisconsin played without three of its best players. But Badger head coach Lisa Stone said that was not an excuse for the loss.
"This had nothing to do with us only having eight players," Stone said. "There is no excuse. Jolene had another tremendous effort. She is not 100 percent either, so it was another courageous effort by an All-America candidate, in my mind. She is playing multiple positions."
Penn State led 29-28 going into the half and the teams were tied at 35-35 with 17:33 left. But the Nittany Lions went on a 17-2 run to take a 52-37 lead and bury the Badgers in a 15-point deficit.
Williams had 11 points and helped to anchor a trapping full-court press that forced Wisconsin to commit six of its 15 turnovers during PSU's run.
The Nittany Lions also turned the ball over 15 times and had nine steals to Wisconsin's five.
"Their defensive pressure picked up in the second half," Anderson said. "That is something I need to work on more—getting open on the wings for the post players. There was always a player on me, if not a double-team. That is something I need to work against more in practice."
Squire came into the game having made 57 straight free throws made but ended that streak Sunday, missing her 61st attempt. She has made 60 of 61 free throws in her career, including 50 of 51 this season. Her consecutive made free-throw streak was a new Penn State record and was just six shy of the NCAA record of 66.
"That was the first time [Squire] missed a free throw in a Lady Lion uniform," said Penn State head coach Rene Portland, whose team was wearing throwback uniforms from the 1990-91 season while celebrating alumni day. "And it wasn't even her uniform. Hopefully she'll start another streak."