Lady Lions pick up road win in Big Ten

MADISON, Wisc. — The Penn State women’s basketball team held off a late Wisconsin charge to earn a 65-59 road victory, and complete a season sweep of the Badgers Thursday night in Big Ten action at the Kohl Center.

Wisconsin trimmed a 13-point Penn State lead down to three in the final minute, but junior Siyeh Frazier pulled down a key offensive rebound before senior Teniya Page drained three free throws in the final 12 seconds to seal the win. The Lady Lions, who won the season’s first meeting 71-64 on Jan. 3, complete their first season sweep of the Badgers since the 2011-12 season.

Page led four Lady Lions in double figures with 16 points. Junior Jaida Travascio-Green followed with a season-high 14 points, all of which came in the first half. Senior Amari Carter chipped in 12 points, while freshman Lauren Ebo added 10.

Wisconsin put together a fourth-quarter rally as the Badgers embarked on a 14-4 run over a span of 6:56. That narrowed Penn State’s lead at one point to three at 62-59 with 43 seconds to play.

The Lady Lions missed a 3-pointer on their next possession, but Frazier came down with a huge offensive rebound to keep the ball with Penn State with 15.9 seconds to play. The Badgers were forced to foul and Page was sent to the line where she went 2-for-2 to make it 64-59 Penn State with 12.4 seconds on the clock. Wisconsin missed a 3-point attempt before Page drained one more free throw to cement the 65-59 victory and season sweep of the Badgers.

Penn State, which was up 38-31 at halftime, hosts Rutgers, ranked in the top 20 in the country, on Sunday at 2 p.m.

PENN STATE (65): Page 4-11 8-11 16, Carter 5-14 0-0 12, Smith 2-4 1-3 5, Frazier 1-3 1-2 3, Ortiz 0-2 0-0 0, Travascio-Green 5-9 0-0 14, Ebo 5-10 0-0 10, McDaniel 2-5 0-1 5, Wallace 0 0-0 0. Totals: 24-58 10-17 65.

WISCONSIN (59): Lewis 4-10 5-6 13, Karlis 3-7 3-4 9, Howard 4-6 1-4 9, Van Leeuwen 3-5 1-2 8, Beverley 2-11 2-3 7, Laszewski 2-4 6-11 10, Luehring 1-3 0-0 3, Hale 0-3 0-0 0, Gilreath 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 19-51 18-30 59.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Penn State 16 22 15 12 — 65

Wisconsin 12 19 14 14 — 59

3-point field goals: PSU 7-19 (Page 0-5, Carter 2-3, Ortiz 0-1, Travascio-Green 4-7, McDaniel 1-3). Wisconsin 3-11 (Karlis 0-3, Van Leeuwen 1-2, Beverley 1-4, Luehring 1-1, Gilreath 0-1). Rebounds: PSU 37 (Smith 8). Wisconsin 35 (Lewis, Karlis, 7 each).

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