Lady Lions’ season ends at tournament

From Mirror, wire reports

INDIANAPOLIS — Imani Lewis scored 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting, and Marsha Howard added 15 points and 14 rebounds, to help No. 13 seed Wisconsin beat Penn State, 65-57, on Wednesday in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.

Lewis grabbed nine boards and Howard had four assists and three steals. Kendra Van Leeuwen scored 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting and Kelly Karlis had eight points, nine rebounds, eight assists and two blocks for Wisconsin.

The Badgers (14-17), who snapped a three-game skid, will play fifth-seeded Ohio State in Thursday’s second round. The Lady Lions head into the offseason following a 12-18 campaign.

“I thought we had some good spurts in the second half. We showed a lot of fight. The foul trouble kind of hurt our momentum a bit,” Penn State coach Coquese Washington said.

Lewis converted a 3-point play 71 seconds in that sparked and 11-2 run and gave Wisconsin the lead for good. Penn State scored the final seven third-quarter points before Amari Carter hit a jumper to open the fourth that pulled the Lady Lions within three but Howard and Lewis answered with back-to-back layups and it was at least a two-possession game the rest of the way.

Kamaria McDaniel led Penn State (12-18) with 16 points and Teniya Page scored 14.

Wisconsin snapped a four-game losing streak against the Lady Lions.

Page wrapped up her career for the Lady Lions. She finished with 2,110 career points, 425 career rebounds and 417 career assists. She is the first-ever Lady Lion to reach the 2,000 points, 400 rebounds and 400 assists milestones.

Other seniors playing their final game besides Page were Carter, Kayleigh Semion, Leah Knizner and Sarah McMurtry.

“These five seniors are ready for the next level and the next step in their lives,” Washington said. “They’ve been tremendous scholars, and the experiences they’ve had being a Lady Lion and being a Penn Stater I think are things they’re going to carry with them the rest of their lives.”

WISCONSIN (14-17): Howard 7-16 1-3 15, Karlis 2-9 3-4 8, Lewis 7-12 3-5 17, Beverley 3-12 3-5 9, Van Leeuwen 4-4 2-2 10, Laszewski 1-6 1-2 3, Gilreath 1-2 0-0 3, Hale 0-0 0-2 0, Totals 25-61 13-23 65.

PENN ST. (12-18): Ebo 3-5 3-4 9, Carter 2-5 0-0 4, Frazier 4-8 0-0 9, Ortiz 1-4 0-0 3, Travascio-Green 0-7 0-0 0, Wallace 1-1 0-0 2, McDaniel 5-17 3-3 16, Page 5-13 2-5 14, Totals 21-60 8-12 57.

Wisconsin 18 15 10 22 — 65

Penn State 11 11 16 19 — 57

3-Point Goals–Wisconsin 2-8 (Howard 0-1, Karlis 1-3, Beverley 0-3, Gilreath 1-1), Penn St. 7-24 (Carter 0-2, Frazier 1-1, Ortiz 1-2, Travascio-Green 0-5, McDaniel 3-9, Page 2-5). Assists–Wisconsin 17 (Karlis 8), Penn St. 16 (Carter 4). Fouled Out–Penn St. Frazier. Rebounds–Wisconsin 45 (Howard 14), Penn St. 37 (Frazier 8). Total Fouls–Wisconsin 14, Penn St. 22. Technical Fouls–None. A–3,014.

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