Wisconsin women’s basketball falls to Saint Louis, is eliminated from WNIT

Wisconsin’s women’s basketball program fell to Saint Louis University 65-60 in its Great 8 round of the 2024 Women’s National Invitation Tournament on Monday, April 1. 

With a 15-17 overall clip before yesterday’s action, the Badgers conquered both the University of Southern Indiana and Illinois State University in the first two rounds of their postseason gauntlet.

Wisconsin’s leading scorer and rebounder Serah Williams exited with an injury in the first minute of the Badgers’ contest against Saint Louis. The Billikens capitalized and orchestrated an 8-0 scoring surge to open the contest. 

The Badgers responded with four straight layups and a pair of jumpers to cut the deficit to two, but Saint Louis maintained a four-tally advantage heading into the second stanza.

UW’s offense sputtered in the second quarter – Wisconsin registered nine total points and surrendered nine unanswered points before the break. The Billikens marched into intermission up eight. 

Moseley’s crew appeared to find new life towards the tail end of the third period with a flurry of layups from Halle Douglass, Ronnie Porter and D’Yanis Jimenez. The momentum proved true, and Wisconsin pulled within a point with 6:24 to spare in the contest.

Guard Ronnie Porter knotted the game at 53 apiece off a free throw, and the Badgers seemed to command the Kohl Center crowd when crunch time commenced. Badgers freshman Tessa Grady went on to drill a three-point field goal to put UW ahead 58-57 in the final minutes, but Saint Louis forced a pair of key turnovers late to clinch a 65-60 win.

Wisconsin’s season ends with a 17-18 record after the brief postseason surge.

Story originally appeared on Badgers Wire