At the end of the third quarter in Thursday’s Big Ten second round game in Indianapolis, no. 5 seed Rutgers went into the huddle trailing no. 12 seed Wisconsin 45-42. Thankfully, a switch was flipped and the Scarlet Knights took control en route to a 63-55 victory.
RU outscored the Badgers 21-10 in the final frame, taking the lead for good early on in the fourth quarter after it changed hands seven times previously in the game.
First Team All-Big Ten selection Arella Guirantes led the way with 27 points on 10 of 17 shooting, including 3 of 5 from three-point range. She added 3 rebounds and 2 assists.
Danielle Migliore had a big game coming off the bench, scoring 9 points on 3 of 6 shooting from behind the arc. Tekia Mack and Jordan Wallace also scored 9 points apiece, while combining for 7 rebounds and 5 assists.
Imani Lewis led Wisconsin with 19 points and 10 rebounds. The Badgers end it’s season with a final record of 12-19.
Rutgers shot just 41.7% for the game, but went 8 of 16 in the fourth quarter. The Badgers shot better overall at 44.9% and held a +8 rebounding margin, but RU held a 24-12 advantage with points off of turnovers.
Up Next, Rutgers (22-8; 11-7) will play in the Big Ten Quarterfinals against Indiana (23-7; 13-5), who they lost to 66-56 on New Year’s Eve. Guirantes led the way with 23 points and 7 rebounds, but Rutgers shot 33.9% from the field, including 1 of 15 from three-point range. The Hoosiers had a double bye and will be playing in front of a lot of fans as the Big Ten Tournament is being played in Indianapolis.
Tip-off will be approximately at 2:30 p.m. ET on Friday.