The No. 13-seed Wisconsin women's basketball team opened up the 2019 Big Ten Conference Women's Basketball Tournament on Wednesday defeating No. 12-seed Penn State, 65-57, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Badgers came out hot and clawed their way past the Lady Lions, avenging two regular-season losses, to stay alive in the tournament.
It was the first post-season game for Wisconsin freshman Imani Lewis and she led the game with 17 points and added nine boards while senior Marsha Howard in her final post-season tournament recorded her ninth double-double of the season with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Junior Kendra VanLeeuwen also shot in double figures with 10 points while shooting 4-4 from the field.
Senior Kelly Karlis, in her first and final Big Ten Tournament, led the Badgers with a career-high eight assists and two blocks.
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