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Wisconsin Badgers upset Ohio State to advance in Big Ten tournament | Wisconsin Badgers Women's Basketball

INDIANAPOLIS – Marsha Howard and Kelly Karlis just want to continue playing. The two seniors of the University of Wisconsin Women's Basketball team combined for 47 points to lead the 13-seeded Badgers to 73-63 outrageous of No. 5 seed Ohio State in the second round of the Big Ten Conference tournament Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Howard Karlis The Badgers (15-17) advance to play No. 4 seed Michigan in the quarterfinals on Friday. This is only the third time that Badgers has won two games in the tournament and the first since 2009. They have never won three matches. Karlis, a leader from Medinah, Illinois, made a high 24-point career to lead the way, while Howard, a 5-foot-11 forward from Chicago, had his second straight double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds. "At this time of year, it comes to your seniors," coach Jonathan Tsipis said. "And the two biggest players apparently emerging were Marsha Howard and Kelly Karlis, who shot and stopped at the other end." Howard, who scored 17 in the second half, said it was urgent to extend his career helping to burn the team's tournament run. "We're not ready because it's over," she said. "We expressed in our team yesterday that it was potentially our latest game and we were not ready for it. And if they were willing to come out and fight and fight, we give everything we have to the court for us to be the top team." After losing as many as…

INDIANAPOLIS – Marsha Howard and Kelly Karlis just want to continue playing.

The two seniors of the University of Wisconsin Women’s Basketball team combined for 47 points to lead the 13-seeded Badgers to 73-63 outrageous of No. 5 seed Ohio State in the second round of the Big Ten Conference tournament Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

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The Badgers (15-17) advance to play No. 4 seed Michigan in the quarterfinals on Friday. This is only the third time that Badgers has won two games in the tournament and the first since 2009. They have never won three matches.

Karlis, a leader from Medinah, Illinois, made a high 24-point career to lead the way, while Howard, a 5-foot-11 forward from Chicago, had his second straight double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds.

“At this time of year, it comes to your seniors,” coach Jonathan Tsipis said. “And the two biggest players apparently emerging were Marsha Howard and Kelly Karlis, who shot and stopped at the other end.”

Howard, who scored 17 in the second half, said it was urgent to extend his career helping to burn the team’s tournament run.

“We’re not ready because it’s over,” she said. “We expressed in our team yesterday that it was potentially our latest game and we were not ready for it. And if they were willing to come out and fight and fight, we give everything we have to the court for us to be the top team.”

After losing as many as 13 points in the first half, Badgers was still down 46-37 late in the third quarter. But Karlis and Suzanne Gilreath met every 3-pointers to finish the third period when Badgers was closed within 46-43.

Howard then hit the first two field goals for the fourth quarter to give UW its first lead of games at 47-46.

Ohio State (14-14) regained leadership 51-50, but freshman Imani Lewis put Badgers ahead to stay with his first collegiate 3 pointers. It triggered an 8-0 running that included two free throws by Howard and a 3-pointer by Karlis to open a 58-51 leader.

UW remained in control the rest of the way, making 10 out of 12 free throws in the last three minutes.

Badgers, the worst 3-point shooter in the Big Ten during the 28 percent season, shot 65 percent from beyond the arc in the game (11 to 17).

The Badgers fought off in the first half and shot only 22.6 percent (7 to 31) from the field. After dominating the color Wednesday against Penn State, UW was outscored 12-6 there in the first half and outrebounded 25-18.

Badgers missed nine of their first 10 shots of the game, but managed to hang close to Buckeyes with their defense. At the end of the first quarter, UW compiled a 7-0 round on a 3-pointer by Gilreath, a basket by Abby Laszewski and two free throws by Karlis to trim the Ohio State lead to 13-12.

Buckeyes got hot from beyond the bow in the second quarter and beat four 3-pointers to extend the lead to 32-19 before Howard closed half with a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 32-22 at break.

But Badgers, who had been accustomed to getting into big holes during the season, were unfaithful.

“We were knocked out of holes much deeper than 10,” Howard said.

After losing both gigs for regular seasons to both Penn State and Ohio State, Badgers is facing a similar situation against Michigan (20-10, 11-7 Big Ten). Wolverines won 76-70 in Madison and 59-49 in the final season final Sunday at Ann Arbor.

Howard likes the pattern.

“Twice to Penn State, twice to Ohio State, twice to Michigan” She said. “Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, this is our tournament.”

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