March 2, 2006
Penn State's four players in double figures led the Lady Lions to an 80-73 victory over Wisconsin in Game One of the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament, presented by Xbox Live. After the first half saw six lead changes, Penn State held onto its lead all the way through the second half for the win.
Penn State hit the first basket of the night to take the lead, but then a quick 6-0 run by the Badgers put them in the lead. The Lady Lions then got a three-pointer from Adrienne Squire to cut the Wisconsin lead to one. Squire then hit a bucket and two foul shots to score four consecutive points for her team and put them up 11-10.
The two teams then traded baskets throughout the middle part of the half, with four lead changes in five minutes. PSU's Amanda Brown and Wisconsin's Caitlin Gibson exchanged buckets, and then Mashea Williams hit a three for the Lions that put them up 20-16.
With just under three minutes remaining, Penn State's Kamela Gissendanner hit a three pointer to bring her first-half total to nine, but Wisconsin's Danielle Ward answered back with a layup. Squire then hit her third three for a total of 12 points entering halftime, and was the game's leading scorer at the break. Penn State led by nine at halftime, 36-27.
Wisconsin made the first two buckets of the second half, with a two by Jordan Wilson and five-straight points from Jolene Anderson to quickly cut the lead to two. After a Wilson layup, Penn State got its first points of the half from Brianne O'Rourke, who hit a three and Amanda Brown who made a layup and completed the three-point play by making her free throw.
Three straight turnovers for the Badgers cost them four points and put the Nittany Lions up by five, and a Gissendanner jumper made the lead 57-50.
With five minutes remaining, Penn State held a 66-61 lead. Wisconsin's full press caused two straight turnovers with just over a minute remaining, but the Badgers could not capitalize and found themselves down seven with under a minute to play. O'Rourke hit three out of her four threes down the stretch to help Penn State hold on for a seven-point win.
Wisconsin's Anderson led all scorers with 24 points, while Penn State's Gissendanner led the Lions with 18. Squire and Brown both finished with 14 points for Penn State. The Lady Lions will face Ohio State on Friday at 12:00 p.m.