MADISON, WI – Alyssa Karel scored 21 points and Wisconsin shocked No. 16 Michigan State 62-54 on Monday night.
The Spartans failed to overcome a sloppy first half in which they scored 21 points and had 16 turnovers. The 21 first-half points were a season low in a half for the Spartans (9-4, 0-2 Big Ten).
Michigan State scored 19 points below its average in the loss. Leading scorer Allysa DeHaan scored six of the Spartans final eight points in the first half and finished with nine points overall.
The Badgers (11-2, 1-1 Big Ten) forced 26 Spartans turnovers.
The Spartans pulled within four points after Aisha Jefferson made a layup with 1:41 remaining in the game to cut the Badgers' lead to 53-49. Jasmine Thomas scored Michigan State's final five points, but the Spartans did not pose a serious threat over the final 30 seconds.