The Boilermakers suffered their third straight loss on Thursday.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team suffered its third straight Big Ten Conference loss on Thursday, falling to the visiting University of Wisconsin in Mackey Arena, 65-56. The Boilermakers struggled from the field, connecting on just 22-of-70 from the field as they fell to 9-8 overall and 2-4 in conference play.
The game went back and forth early as the lead changed hands four times in the first 11 minutes, with neither team able to gain control and pull away. Sophomore Ashley Morrissette drove the Boilermaker offense, dishing out six quick assists en route to a career-high total of nine for the game, but it was the Badgers who would grab control of the lead late in the half. Senior Cassie Rochel made consecutive buckets for Wisconsin, and the Boilermakers went almost six minutes without a field goal as Wisconsin led by as many as five before the break. Morrissette trimmed the lead to two with a three-pointer in the final minutes as she was fouled, but missed the free throw and the Badgers took a 32-30 edge into the locker room.
The offensive stalemate continued in the second half as neither team could find the bottom of the bucket and take control of the game. Purdue tied the game at 34-34, pulled within one three times and finally took the lead, 42-40, with 9:51 remaining on a three-pointer by freshman Andreona Keys. However, the Badgers rallied with an 8-0 run to take the lead for good as Purdue went more than three minutes without a follow-up bucket. Keys pulled Purdue back within three with another triple at the 6:24 mark, but that was all the Boilermakers could get going down the stretch.
Senior Whitney Bays posted her eighth straight double-double in the loss, finishing with 18 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks and four steals, while Morrissette had 13 points alongside her career-high nine assists. Fellow senior Liza Clemonswas just shy of a double-double with eight points and nine boards.
Junior guard Dakota Whyte led Wisconsin with 14 points and four assists, while classmate Tessa Cichy had 13 points and eight rebounds and Rochel had eight points, eight rebounds and five blocks. The Badgers improved to 7-9 overall and 3-3 in conference play.
Purdue heads back on the road next week, set to battle No. 17 Nebraska at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Monday in Lincoln, Neb., live on the Big Ten Network at 6 p.m. (CT).