On Friday March 1, the University of Wisconsin Madison women’s basketball team took on Ohio State for their last home game at the Kohl Center.
Not only was this the last game, but it was also senior night. The crowd was extremely loud as the team entered especially since for some of them this was their last game.
The Badgers started off rough, making few shots and turning the ball over frequently. Once Marsha Howard, a 6’0 senior from Chicago averaging 14.5 points per game, hit the first shot to put them on the board, the Badgers really began to battle.
Soon after Kelly Karlis, a 6’2 senior from Medinah, Illinois averaging 8.1 points per game, made a contested two point shot as well. Karlis also had some great assists in the first half reaching the milestone of her 100th assist of her career.
Unfortunately, most of the Badgers’ shots were not falling and they soon began to look defeated. At the end of the first half, the Badgers trailed the Buckeyes 18 to 29. The Badgers shots began to fall as they turned things around in the third quarter out scoring Ohio State 19 to 16. Howard began to take over offensively and her teammates stepped up as well on both ends of the floor.
The Badgers began the 4th quarter trailing by only 8 points. They continued to attempt shots and drive to the hoop the entire quarter but could not catch up to Ohio state. The Badgers ended up losing 50 to 61. The crowd cheered loudly to thank the seniors, Kelly Karlis and Marsha Howard, as they stood at center court with their families after completing their last home game as a Badger. Although the Badgers took a tough loss, they finished their last home game of the season with a great deal of love and support from their fans.