Badger guards Jolene Anderson and Ashley Josephson, and forward Danielle Ward each contributed 14 points while Northwestern senior forward Ikeoma Okonkwo came off the bench to score 20 points and grab six rebounds in 31 minutes. Okonkwo scored her 1,000th career point Sunday.
Wisconsin (8-15 overall, 2-9 Big Ten) was down 57-56 with 12.4 seconds left and no timeouts but Anderson and Ward each missed shots that would have given the Badgers the lead and possibly the win.
Wildcat junior forward A.J. Glasauer got the rebound off Ward's miss and was fouled with three seconds left. She hit 1 of 2 free throws to provide NU with its margin of victory. Glasauer finished with 17 points, four assists and four rebounds.
"We had an opportunity to win the game," Badger coach Lisa Stone said. "We missed the shot. Credit Northwestern; they were hungry for it."
Wisconsin took an early 12-2 lead and, with 12 minutes left in the first half, was ahead by 12. But Northwestern (6-16, 2-9) pulled within 34-29 at the half. The Wildcats then went on an 8-0 run to open the second half and take a 37-34 lead. For much of the second half, the Badgers and Wildcats traded baskets, right up until the last second.
With the Badgers down 57-54 with 43 seconds left, Anderson hit two key free throws to put the Badgers behind by one, 57-56. Sophomore guard Janese Banks grabbed one of her five rebounds after Northwestern missed a shot on the next possession, giving the Badgers a chance to make one final shot. Banks finished with 10 points and dished out a game-high seven assists while coughing up three turnovers.
Wisconsin out-rebounded Northwestern 46-41, led by Ward with eight boards, and was 22-for-59 from the field, compared to Northwestern's 21-for-62. But Wisconsin's bench provided little scoring support, as senior forward Kjersten Bakke scored two points, the only points a non-starter contributed. Led by Okonkwo, Northwestern's bench scored 24 points. Wisconsin also struggled from the charity stripe, making 7 of 15 shots. And the Badgers committed 15 turnovers, which Northwestern turned into 17 points.
"When it comes down to it, we have to do the little things that we can control," Stone said. "Going 7 of 15 from the free throw line isn't going to get it done. We couldn't close the door."
Wisconsin next travels to Illinois Thursday for a 7 p.m. game. The Badgers fell to the Illini 84-54 Jan. 15 in Madison.
Women's hockey: Badgers lose for only third time this season
The top-ranked Wisconsin women's hockey team lost its third game of the season, falling to St. Cloud State 1-0 Saturday in St. Cloud, Minn. The loss is the Badgers' first since Nov. 27, ending a 13-game unbeaten streak. The team now stands 24-3-1 overall and 19-2-1 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
The Huskies became the first team in program history to knock off two No. 1 teams in the same season; SCSU previously defeated then-No. 1 St. Lawrence Jan. 7 on the road. The Huskies held the nation's top scoring line of senior Sharon Cole, junior Sara Bauer and sophomore Jinelle Zaugg scoreless.
SCSU junior forward Hailey Clarkson notched the game-winning power-play goal on a tip-in, putting the Huskies (13-14-1, 10-11-1) up 1-0 at 13:18 in the third period.
SCSU goaltender Lauri St. Jacques stopped all 36 shots she faced and helped to hold the Badgers 0-for-7 on the power play. UW redshirt freshman netminder Jessie Vetter made 11 saves in 58 minutes of play. The Badgers pulled Vetter in the last minute-and-a-half in favor of an extra skater but could not get the puck into the net.
Wisconsin hosts No. 5 Minnesota Feb. 10-11. Coach Mark Johnson will enter that series with a 99-26-10 career coaching record and will try for his 100th win.
Wrestling: Badgers win big versus OSU
The Wisconsin wrestling team dominated visiting Ohio State Sunday afternoon, winning the dual 38-12 to improve to 3-3 in the Big Ten and 8-5 overall.
The Badgers won seven of 10 matches, and jumped out to an 18-0 lead as Colin Cudd at 125 pounds and Ed Gutnik at 141 won by pin, and Tom Clum at 133 won by forfeit.
Wisconsin also closed the dual strong, earning 16 points in the final three bouts. Matt Maciag recorded a major decision win at 184, Dallas Herbst's won by pin at 197 and Lee Kraemer won by forfeit at heavyweight.
The Badgers' four additional points came care of Craig Henning's major decision at 157.
Ohio State fell to 0-5, 4-9.
Men's track: Badgers win three events, earn four NCAA qualifying marks
The No. 3 Wisconsin men's track team won three events and earned four new or improved NCAA qualifying marks at the Meyo Invitational Friday and Saturday, hosted by Notre Dame.
Junior sprinter Demi Omole tied his own UW and Big Ten record in the 60-meter dash, finishing first in 6.62 seconds. The time is an automatic NCAA qualifying mark and the fastest college time of the season. Omole placed second in the 200-meter dash in 21.45 seconds.
Junior Paul Hubbard won the long jump with a jump of 25 feet, improving his NCAA provisional qualifying mark and tying the fourth-best mark on UW's all-time list. Senior Alonzo Moore won the triple jump at 51-7 ¾ and took 11th in the long jump at 22-9 ¼ feet.
Junior Chris Solinsky earned a provisional qualifying mark in the 3,000 meters, finishing fifth in 7 minutes, 57.90 seconds. And senior Ben Gregory finished fifth in the Meyo mile in 4:04.88, also a provisional qualifying time.
On Friday, senior Scott Hogseth placed third in the 300 meters in 34.52 seconds, the Badgers' best finish of the day.
Women's track: Lucas finishes fifth in 200 at Meyo Invite
Junior sprinter Shuntia Lucas placed fifth in the 200-meter dash in 24.45 seconds to lead the Badgers at the Meyo Invitational in South Bend on Friday and Saturday. Lucas also placed ninth in the 300 meters in 40.75 seconds and 13th in the 60-meter dash in 7.75 seconds.
Junior Michelle Bellford earned a fifth-place finish in the triple jump with a mark of 40 feet, 9 inches.
Other top-10 finishers included: freshman Alicia Pabich, sixth in the mile in 4:52.91; junior Katrina Rundhaug, 10th in the 3,000 meters in 9:37.44; distance medley relay, fifth in 11:36.58; senior Tara Halls, sixth in the 500 meters in 1:14.95; Caitlin Dodge, eighth in the 300 meters in 40.67; and sophomore Julia Benson, tie for 10th in the long jump with a mark of 18-9.
Both men's and women's track will compete at the Iowa State Classic next Friday and Saturday, while the distance runners are suiting up for the Husky Classic in Seattle next Saturday.
Men's tennis: Badgers drop first of season to Pepperdine
The Wisconsin men's tennis team (3-1) lost its first match of the season, falling to No. 5 Pepperdine 6-1 Saturday in Malibu, Calif.
Freshman Gian Hodgson, playing at No. 6 singles, earned the Badgers' sole point after defeating Denis Reinert 7-6, 6-7, 11-9. The doubles team of sophomore Nolan Polley and sophomore Felipe Bellido defeated Pepperdine's team of Kevin Borzenski and Richard Johnson 8-7 but the Waves (8-0) knocked off the Badgers' top two doubles teams to claim the point.
Women's tennis: Commodores sweep Badgers in ITAs
No. 7 Vanderbilt (5-1) knocked off the Wisconsin women's tennis team in the final consolation round of the 2006 USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Tennis Championships Saturday in Madison.
Vanderbilt athletes took all of their sets, sweeping the Badgers in doubles play and winning all of the singles competitions in straight sets. Freshman Liz Carpenter, playing at the No. 5 singles spot, came closest to winning a point, falling 7-6 (3), 7-5 to Vandy's Caroline Ferrell.
Wisconsin hosts Iowa State Friday at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison.