Women's College Basketball

 
      === Stephen's late basket lifts Wisconsin over No. 7 Penn State ===
 
 Madison,  WI  (Sports Network) - Tiera  Stephen's layup in the closing seconds
 of  the second half lifted Wisconsin over No. 7 Penn State, 63-61, at the Kohl
 Center.
 
 Stephen finished with five points and 11 rebounds, while Morgan Paige netted a
 game-high  33  points and  Jacki Gulczynski  added 16  for the Badgers (10-11,
 2-6 Big Ten), who have won two of their last three.
 
 Maggie  Lucas  had 18  points to  pace Penn  State (17-3,  7-1), which had its
 school-record, 14-game Big Ten win streak snapped.
 
 Mia Nickson and Dara Taylor netted 11 and 10 points, respectively, in defeat.
 
 Wisconsin  raced  out to  the early  lead as Gulczynski  sank three shots from
 beyond  the arc and Paige added two more 3-pointers during a game-opening 17-6
 run.
 
 Penn  State answered with a 6-0 push to get back within 17-12 before Wisconsin
 scored nine of the next 12 points to reopen a double-digit lead, 26-15, with 6
 1/2 minutes left in the first half.
 
 The  rest of the  half belonged to the Lady Lions, however, as they closed out
 the frame with an 18-3 run to carry a 33-29 edge into the break.
 
 Wisconsin  opened the second half with a 7-2 spurt to regain a one-point lead,
 but Nickson followed back-to-back 3-pointers by Lucas and Ariel Edwards with a
 layup to give Penn State back a 43-36 advantage.
 
 The  Lady Lions later held a 57-55 edge with about four minutes to play before
 Gulczynski followed a Stephen free throw with a jumper to go on top, 58-57.
 
 Alex  Bentley then  connected on a pair  of jumpers around a Paige trey to tie
 the game at 61-61 with 27 seconds left, but on Wisconsin's ensuing possession,
 Stephen  grabbed the rebound  of a missed Cassie Rochel jumper and laid in the
 game-winning basket with six seconds remaining.
 
 Bentley missed a layup as the buzzer sounded at the other end to end the game.
 
 
 
 
 01/31 22:42:16 ET

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