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Ohio State women's basketball team suffers upset loss at Wisconsin

Joey Kaufman
Buckeye Xtra
The Ohio State University athletic department logo, 2017. [provided by OSU]

The No. 12 Ohio State’s women’s basketball team suffered an unexpected 75-70 loss at Wisconsin on Wednesday night.

It trailed throughout the second half before stumbling against a team that had been sitting in last place in the Big Ten standings.

The defeat snapped a two-game winning streak that included a pair of victories over Minnesota and Iowa at Value City Arena, dropping the Buckeyes’ record to 12-3 overall and 8-3 in conference.

Coach Kevin McGuff called the loss dissapointing. 

"Give Wisconsin credit," he said. "I thought they played really hard, and they beat us up on the boards. But we were just disappointed, because we didn’t feel like we gave our best effort. That starts with me on down. That’s a tough team loss for all of us. We got to coach better. We got to play better. We just need to be better.

With 4:26 remaining in Wednesday’s loss, a jumper in the lane by forward Tanaya Becham tied the score at 66 apiece, but the Badgers regained the lead for good on a free throw on the following possession.

The Buckeyes allowed Wisconsin to shoot 46.6% percent as it was led by forward Imani Lewis, who scored 27 points and collected 14 rebounds.

"She's a great player," McGuff said, "and she made a bunch of shots on the perimeter and probably was a little more efficient than she normally is."

The Badgers had 49 rebounds, including 20 on the offensive glass that were used to generate 19 second-chance points.

Dorka Juhasz led Ohio State with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while guards Madison Green had 15 points and Braxtin Miller finished with 10 points.

With little more than two minutes left, Miller fouled out.

While trailing for a majority of the game, the Buckeyes were never down by more than six points. 

They had a fully healthy roster, including reserve forward Rebeka Mikulášiková who missed Sunday’s game against Minnesota due to an unspecified illness.

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