PARK, Pa. - The Penn State women's basketball team (6-2) wrap up a two-game
road trip tonight (Dec. 11) inside Frost Arena in Brookings S.D. against South Dakota
State (6-4). The two teams will square off for the second straight season, with
tipoff slated for at 8 p.m.
NOTES: at South Dakota State
The Lady Lions bounced back from their 10-point loss to No. 5 Notre Dame with a
77-68 victory against Georgetown in Washington, D.C. on Sunday. Maggie Lucas
led the way with her sixth career 30-point effort, while Talia East (10), Ariel
Edwards (12) and Dara Taylor (12) all reached double figures, as well.
Something is going to have to give in this meeting, as Penn State is now 3-0
away from home this season, while South Dakota State is 4-0 at home. The Lady
Lions claimed a 60-50 decision at the Bryce Jordan Center last season in the
program only meeting.
What To Watch For - Penn State
Lucas Moving Up the Charts: Maggie
Lucas scored 30 points to lead all scorers and in the process moved into an
exclusive cast of Lady Lions. The senior netted her 2,000th career point at
Georgetown on Sunday with her sixth career 30-point effort and enters the
meeting with the Jackrabbits with 2,008 career points.
East is Moving North: Head coach
Coquese Washington said at her weekly press conference that senior Talia East
has "grown into her game." She went on to say that early in East's career she
may not have been as focused on herself as she was on what others were doing,
but claims that the senior has grown into her game this season. East is
averaging 7.4 points and is tied for first on the team with 6.8 rebounds per
Home for the Holidays: Penn State is
not looking past South Dakota State, but next up on the schedule will be a
three-game home stand that spans nearly three weeks. The Lady Lions will host
Texas A&M (12/15) and Alcorn State (12/22) before heading home for a quick
holiday break. They will then welcome Hartford to the Bryce Jordan Center on
Dec. 29 before hitting the road to begin 2014.
To Watch For - South Dakota State
Tough at Home: The Jackrabbits
are 28-4 at home since the 2011-12 season and are a perfect 4-0 at Frost Arena
in 2013-14. Two of South Dakota State's losses have come in close fashion,
losing an overtime game to Marquette and a one-point decision to IUPUI during
the 2012-13 season.
A Common Link: South Dakota State and
Penn State have met one common opponent in 2013-14. Both squads have faced off
with Georgetown - each walking away victorious. South Dakota State also got
their last victory over a top-25 opponent vs. a Big Ten team, defeating
then-No. 15 Nebraska, 60-55, at Frost Arena on Nov. 18, 2012.
Long Rangers: South Dakota State leads
the Summit League and ranks 42nd nationally in three pointers made per game
(7.4). Eleven of 13 Jackrabbits have hit at least one three-pointer this season
Junior Megan Waytashek ranks sixth in the
Summit League in three-pointers made (17) and senior Tara Heiser is second in
three-point percentage (.500).
PARK, Pa. - The Penn State men's hockey team was on the ice for practice on
Tuesday (Dec. 10) and enter the week with a 3-9-1 overall mark and a 0-2-0-0 record after dropping a pair of games
at No. 17 Wisconsin last weekend in Madison.
On Tuesday, we caught up with head coach Guy Gadowsky and forward Max Gardiner after
practice to talk about the positives they take away from their weekend series
with No. 17 Wisconsin, the development of the team and how to combat the
holiday break with the voice of Penn State men's hockey, Brian Tripp.
Head coach Guy Gadowsky
Junior Max Gardiner
-- NITTANY LIONS--
By Matt Allibone, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa- The game had long since ended, and the fans had all
cleared out of Klöckner Stadium
in Charlottesville, Va, yet Penn State star forward Maya Hayes couldn't bring
herself to leave the field.
With the Nittany Lions having just been eliminated in the second round of the NCAA
Tournament after falling to Wake Forest, 1-0, in a heartbreaker, the senior decided
to take a moment to reflect on the season that she and her teammates had just
"After that game I didn't want to leave the field until somebody forced me to,"
said Hayes. "Thinking about how our season was really over was so surreal."
Even with the premature ending, the 2013 Penn State women's soccer team went on
a ride that saw many highs, a few lows, and ultimately the growth and
maturation of every individual on the roster.
Looking back, it was a season that no member of the Nittany Lions will
New Season, New Challenges
Following a 2012 campaign that saw the team come one win away from a
national championship, Hayes and her teammates approached last summer with one
thought in their mind, improving their fitness level.
"Going into the offseason we were mainly focused on fitness," said Hayes. "We
knew we had high expectations so we really worked on ourselves all summer."
As the Nittany Lions tirelessly trained throughout the summer, they did so
knowing that they would take the field for the upcoming season needing to fill
the huge void left by recently graduated All-American midfielder Christine
Without the player that had been the catalyst for them throughout their NCAA
Tournament run, the Lions knew it would take a collective effort rather than
just one player stepping up in order to move on.
"Christine was a special player but we knew we didn't need just one player to
step up," said senior midfielder Taylor Schram. "We needed to step up as a unit
It may have only been Aug. 30, but the Nittany Lions knew that they had to look
at themselves in the mirror.
Following a season opening tie against West Virginia and a narrow 2-1 victory
over Hofstra, the Lions had fallen to Virginia on the road by a score of 5-1,
and they knew they needed to step it up.
"The Virginia game was a shocker," said Hayes. "We took the lessons from that
game and saw what we could work on."
From the disappointment against Virginia came the team's strongest stretch of
the season, as the Nittany Lions won their next nine contests, many of them in
Along the way the Blue and White proved that no lead against them was ever
safe, something that they established in wins against Oklahoma State on Sept.
13 and Northwestern on Sept 20.
After overcoming an early 2-0 deficit to rally for a 4-2 victory against the
Cowgirls, the Lions pulled off an even more challenging feat a week later
against the Wildcats, scoring two goals in the final ten minutes to even the
score, before junior defender Whitney Church ended the game with her second
goal of the evening in overtime.
"Coming back from being down two goals in both of those games we really
established a belief in ourselves," said Hayes. "We knew what our roles were
and what we had to do."
As the Nittany Lions continued on their winning streak that featured signature
wins over conference opponents Purdue, Indiana and Wisconsin, they received
contributions from not only veterans like Hayes and Schram but also a group of
young players eager to make their mark.
Along with new starting sophomore goalie Britt Eckerstrom and freshman
defenders Salina Williford and Brittany Basinger, the player that impressed
head coach Erica Walsh the most was sophomore forward Mallory Weber, who
tallied seven goals and 22 points in just her second season.
"Mallory is so dangerous and she really stepped up as a leader this year," said
Walsh. "She had no problem letting her teammates know that things were going to
be done a certain way."
Weathering the Storm
All seasons in all sports have their ups and downs and the 2013 season for
Walsh and her team was no different.
After their 10-1-1 start, the Nittany Lions faced the toughest part of their
schedule down the stretch of the regular season, dropping four games to
conference opponents Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa, and Nebraska, all just by one
"The Big Ten was tough this year and those teams played with a lot of heart,"
said Schram. "I looked myself in the mirror after those games and told myself
that I didn't want to have any regrets."
Knowing that the Big Ten title was out of their reach, the Nittany Lions
soldiered on, winning their regular season finale against Michigan State,
3-0. After a second round exit in the
Big Ten Tournament, the Nittany Lions gave their seniors one last great moment
at home, dominating Monmouth, 3-0, behind a two-goal performance from senior
forward Tani Costa.
"There was no better way to end my home career," said Schram. "It was a great
way to say goodbye to our fans."
Moving Forward and Looking Back
While the loss to Wake Forest brought the Lions season to an end sooner
than they would have desired, there isn't a single memory from this season that
the players won't cherish.
The camaraderie, the cohesion, and the personalities involved make this group a
team that each player couldn't be prouder to be a part of.
"Success is defined in different ways but I wouldn't change this team for
anything," said Schram. "When I think back on this season I'll think of my
Though Walsh will miss the group of seniors that includes Emily Carrollo,
Costa, Hayes, Bri Hovington, Erin Kehoe, Lexi Marton and Schram, she is
optimistic about what the future of program holds, with key players like
Church, Eckerstrom, Emily Hurd, and Weber set to return.
"Next year we'll have a different team personality but we've got some great
players coming back," said Walsh. "I'll always remember this year's team as a
cohesive group that never went in separate directions."
NEW YORK - John Urschel earned the top academic and athletic honor in
college football on Tuesday night at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York when
he was named the recipient of the 2013 Campbell Trophy at the National Football
Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame's annual celebration of college
The two-time first-team All-Big Ten guard and two-time
Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American received a standing ovation in the Grand
Ballroom inside the Waldorf-Astoria when it was revealed that he had earned the
The epitome of a scholar-athlete, Urschel has been a model for success on the
field and in the classroom since he set foot on the Penn State campus in
2009. The Williamsville, N.Y., native
proudly accepted the award and addressed the crowd for more than four minutes
on Tuesday. Take a look.
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Nittany Lion basketball team (7-3) will travel
to Pittsburgh for the second time in as many weeks to meet Duquesne (3-3) on
Wednesday (7 p.m.) inside Consol Energy Center for its final non-conference
road game of the season.
Following a 90-77 victory over Marshall on Saturday, Penn State heads to Pittsburgh
with confidence. The Lions have three
non-conference games remaining before the New Year's Eve Big Ten opener against
Michigan State. Head coach Patrick
Chambers said the Duquesne game will be another good test for the Lions as they
prepare for the conference slate.
"It's going to be a good challenge," Chambers
said. "Atlantic 10 team. I know where they're picked and I think that's
dead wrong. They gave Pitt everything
they could handle. They gave West
Virginia everything they could handle on the road. So, I look for a road game that's going to
really test us and challenge us and again, prepare us for what we're trying to
accomplish in our league."
Get primed for the final non-conference road game against Duquesne.
1. Managing Minutes
D.J. Newbill, Tim Frazier and Ross Travis are Penn State's three leading
scorers at 19.1, 18.6 and 11.5 points per game, respectively. The trio also leads the Lions in minutes
played. Newbill leads the Big Ten in
minutes played (35.6), with Frazier fourth (34.8) and Travis sixth (32.9). Chambers wants to get the leading trio more
rest in the coming games. That starts
with consistent contributions from the Nittany Lion bench.
"It might not be minutes on the clock, but it's
real minutes, so either way, we need to get them rest," Chambers said. "Look, we have scoring, we just need defending
and rebounding and junkyard dogs from our bench. I feel like we're almost
there. We're very close. We just gotta keep heading in the right direction."
2. Pennsylvania Connection
The Nittany Lions will play their fifth contest against a team from
Pennsylvania on Wednesday when they face Duquesne. Penn State has already met Bucknell, Penn, La
Salle and Pitt. Playing teams inside the
state is a big boost for recruiting, and Chambers wants to continue the trend.
"I think it's great for recruiting," Chambers
said. "You always want to win your state
in recruiting, and it's nice to have these rivalries with Philly and
Pittsburgh. And, you'd like to think
attendance. It should help attendance
because it's such a short ride. There's
a lot of thought that goes into it. I'm
going to continue doing it because I think it really prepares us for what we
see in the Big Ten."
3. Travis Fits Mold of Third Scorer
Junior forward Ross Travis registered the best offensive game of his season
on Saturday against Marshall. The
Minnesota native scored 20 points on just nine field goal attempts against the
Thundering Herd. The 6-foot-6 forward is
difficult matchup when he is aggressive on the offensive end of the floor. Travis also went 9-for-11 from the foul line
"He gives us a little bit of everything. He's
got a good midrange jumper," Chambers said. "He's got a good post-up game. He's driving the ball well. The last piece for him, he was 9-for-11 from
the free throw (vs. Marshall) line, which was huge for him. I know his free throw numbers aren't the best.
I feel like the confidence is growing,
and we're going to need him as that third leading scorer."
4. Scouting Duquesne
The Duquesne Dukes enter the game with a 3-3 record following a 94-88
victory over UMBC on Dec. 4. Duquesne
has victories over Abilene Christian (94-75), Albany (70-59) and UMBC. The Dukes have losses against New Hampshire
(84-81), West Virginia (96-83) and Pitt (84-67).
Senior forward Ovie Soko leads four Duquesne players averaging double-figure
scoring totals with 16.0 points per game.
Soko also averages 10.0 rebounds per game. Junior guard Tra'Vaughn White is second on
the team in scoring at 15.7 points per contest.
Sophomore Derrick Colter (12.8) and Dominique McKoy (10.2) round out the
double-figure scorers. Duquesne has
scored 81.5 points per game and has shot 47.2 percent from the field this
The Nittany Lions lead the all-time series against the Dukes, 25-19. The teams last met in 2012, with Penn State
scoring an 84-74 victory in the BJC. Penn
State has won 14 of the last 16 meetings.
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PARK, Pa. -- GoPSUsports.com took time to speak with
redshirt-freshman Wes Phipps about his weekend and filling in at 184 in wins
over Boston University and Pitt.
NEW YORK - Nittany Lion All-Big Ten senior guard and National Football
Foundation (NFF) Scholar-Athlete John Urschel participated in the NFF's
pre-college football celebration press conference at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
in New York City on Tuesday morning.
A two-time first-team All-Big Ten guard, Urschel was invited to New York as one
of 16 National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athletes,
presented by Fidelity Investments, from across all NCAA and NAIA divisions.
Urschel and the 2013 Scholar-Athletes will be honored at the National Football
Foundation's 56th Annual black tie awards dinner on Tuesday night.
A two-time first-team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American, Urschel
will receive an $18,000 scholarship for post-graduate studies. He also is a
finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, presented
to the nation's premier college football Scholar-Athlete, with the winner
receiving a total of $25,000 for post-graduate work. The Campbell Trophy
recipient will be announced Tuesday night at the Hall of Fame Dinner.
Live coverage of the Hall of Fame Dinner will be available Tuesday at 8 p.m. on
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By Michael Renahan, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
PARK, Pa. - Good things take time.
Saturday's night's setback to the Wisconsin Badgers, the Penn State Nittany
Lions showed that they're improving game by game, period by period. The
offensive lines are starting to come together, the defensive pairings are
playing better and the goaltending continues looks stronger, as well.
State battled hard against Wisconsin in Saturday's 4-3 loss and showed a lot of
bounced back after a 7-1 defeat on Friday night. They scored four goals on 30
shots Saturday night, after scoring just one goal on 28 shots on Friday. They
limited the Badgers to just 31 shots on Saturday night, after allowing 43 the
improvement in all phases of their game is obvious. After going 0-for-4 on the
power play Friday, the team went 1-for-2 the next night. These are the things coach
Gadowsky is looking for out of his team. The consistency he has been searching
for is starting to shine through.
thought we did a lot of good things," Gadowsky said after Saturday night's
game. "I thought we had a good game. I thought we played fairly consistently,
but at the end the wrong guy had the puck on his stick. I felt we played more
consistently than we did on Friday night."
Saturday night's setback, the Nittany Lions looked like a completely different
team than the one that played Friday night. They were quick to the puck, made solid
passes and their play was leading to goals. As a team, they just looked more
composed on the ice than the night before.
Skoff took a tremendous step after struggling in the opener. The sophomore made
27 saves and stopped potential Badgescoring chances several times. Not once did
Skoff look like a goaltender who had given up 5 goals the night before.
the offensive end, it was a group of young players leading the charge for the
Saar and Ricky DeRosa, both freshman forwards, tallied pivotal goals for Penn
State. DeRosa's third of the season came at a crucial moment in the second
period when his team was in need of a spark.
Badgers had a one goal lead when DeRosa found the back of the net. Saar's
initial shot was turned away but the Aston, Pa., native charged the net and hit
the puck out of mid-air into to score. The goal evened the game and revamped
the Nittany Lions.
goal came in the third period, after the Badgers had taken a 3-2 lead. Joe
Faust beat Matt Skoff seven minutes into the period, but Saar answer 42 seconds
later with a rebound goal of his own.
take our goals anytime we can," Gadowsky said. "I thought it was a huge goal by
Zach Saar to get us back to 3-3. I feel like we played a consistent hockey game
and I'm very happy with the improvement from last night."
Saar and Captain Tommy Olczyk's line generated 9 shots and the three ended
Saturday night with a combined five points. Olcyzk and DeRosa have been working
together for most of the season and the addition of Saar will be beneficial
on the score sheet for the Nittany Lions was Eric Scheid, who scored his
team-leading seventh goal of the season. Scheid has become a major offensive
threat for the Nittany Lions in 2013. The redshirt sophomore forward is also
tied for second on the team in assists.
Saturday night, Scheid, David Goodwin and Taylor Holstrom combined for seven
shots on net. The continuity between the lines is starting to form and more
goals are coming.
times, we showed what we can do [Saturday] night. We played much more
consistent in our game and did what we wanted to do," Gadowsky said. "You're
never comfortable against Wisconsin, but we felt like we were in the game the
The team is still searching for consistency, but the improvement night after
night is encouraging.
Nittany Lions return to Pegula Ice Arena for a couple of weeks of practice before
heading to Pittsburgh to compete in the Three Rivers Classic held at the CONSOL
Energy Center, home of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Penn State will be squaring off
against Robert Morris on Dec. 27.
By Mike Esse, GoPSUsports.com
Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Maggie Lucas wasn't pleased with her performance
against No. 4 Notre Dame on Wednesday and put it behind her with ease in No.
10/11 Penn State's (6-2) 77-68 win at Georgetown (5-3) on Sunday.
The reigning Big Ten Player of the Year scored 30 points, shooting
10-for-21 from the field and 5-for-12 from downtown. The hot scoring night also
put Lucas in Penn State's exclusive 2,000-point club, becoming just the fifth
Lady Lion to do it.
Sunday was a drastic difference from her 1-for-8 night against the Fighting
Irish, but her coaches and teammates were far from surprised.
"We weren't too concerned (about Maggie)," said assistant coach Maren
Walseth. "She's a very focused player and knows what she needs to do to be
successful. Her and [assistant coach] Fred Chmiel were in the office watching
film and looking at the adjustments she needed to make and it paid off."
Lucas started off the game on an encouraging note, hitting two of her first
three shots, both of which came from long range, to get her confidence going from
the outset of the game.
The way Lucas came out firing Sunday was a positive for herself, but more
than likely even more important for the seven freshman Lady Lions to see their
senior leader respond well after a poor shooting night.
"It's good for the rest of the girls to see that you can have a bad game
and control your shot selection the next game and have 30 points," said
Walseth. "Her performance speaks more to her teammates and the younger players
than to our coaching staff."
After the loss to Notre Dame the focus for the mix of veteran and youthful
Lady Lions was executing the game plan laid out, no matter who the opponent may
With a lot of contributors early in their collegiate careers it's a little
different from last year when the game plan didn't have to be followed nearly verbatim
because of the experienced players on the floor. This year, Walseth says that
isn't the case.
"We have to execute the game plan and do what we are supposed to," she
said. "We can't freelance as much with young players. Executing the game plan
is much more important with young kids."
Having Lucas as her usual self - a reliable scoring threat - makes that easier
"Whether she likes it or not, everybody feeds off of Maggie," the seventh
year assistant said. "When she is playing relaxed, under control and confident,
her teammates pick it up. She was able to do that today and others were able to
pick [the intensity] up."
Three other Lady Lions were in double figures, supplementing Lucas'
30-point night. Dara Taylor and Ariel Edwards each chipped in 10 points, while
Talia East added 10 points vs. the Hoyas.
The added scoring is something Coquese Washington and the coaching staff has
been looking for all season long on a consistent basis. Lucas' scoring effort
certainly showed that if more focus is put on her, she has capable teammates to
make opponents pay.
"When Maggie can come back and fill her role [as a scoring threat] it makes
it easier for everyone else. They know what to expect and are able to execute
and fill their roles better when Maggie is scoring," Walseth said.
Penn State returns to the road Wednesday against South Dakota State before
welcoming 2010-11 NCAA Champion Texas A&M to the Bryce Jordan Center on
Sunday at 2 p.m.
By Matt Allibone, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - David Taylor had spent the entire season looking
forward to wrestling in the Bryce Jordan Center, yet when the moment finally
came, it still managed to take his breath away.
When the senior and three-time All-American stepped out in front of the
screaming fans in a sold out BJC during the Penn State wrestling team's dual
meet against Pittsburgh on Sunday, the roar of the crowd nearly overwhelmed
"As a kid when you think about going to school to play a sport you think
about doing it in front of a lot of people," said Taylor. "There's not many
opportunities where you can wrestle in front of a home crowd with 15,000 people
and it was awesome."
Competing in front of a new NCAA dual meet record of 15,996 fans, Taylor
and the Nittany Lions did not disappoint the sell-out crowd, overcoming two
early loses to defeat the Panthers 28-9.
While the Nittany Lions and head coach Cael Sanderson expected to see a
packed building, they were still blown away when they heard the news that they
had set the NCAA record.
"We were hoping (to break the record) but we didn't think it was possible,"
said Sanderson. "It's a great deal for our program and for both schools."
Although the match was only a regular season dual against an
out-of-conference opponent, the number of fans and the vibe in the arena made
the stakes feel much higher for the wrestlers.
According to Taylor, Sunday's meet reminded him of competing at the NCAA
Championships, because of the added spotlight and attention.
"I kept thinking how times do you get the opportunity to replicate what
it's like to compete in the NCAA finals because it's not very often," said
Taylor. "Everything about it is pretty similar and it's a great opportunity for
our guys to be up on a stage with everyone looking at you."
Not only did Taylor enjoy every moment of the experience, he made sure the
Nittany Lions faithful got their moneys' worth by producing one the most
exciting moments of the match at an extremely crucial time for the Nittany
Starting the second half at the 165-pound weight, and with the score tied
9-9, Taylor proved once again why he is the top ranked wrestler at his weight, dominating
Pittsburgh freshman Geno Morelli right from the jump before pinning him nine
seconds into the second period.
"He tried to get a shot in and I used a few tricks and got him on his
back," said Taylor. "I was able to create some action and when I'm able to do
that good things usually happen."
Taylor's fall opened the floodgates for Penn State, as the Nittany Lions
swept the rest of the match, getting victories from junior Matt Brown, freshman
Wes Phipps, sophomore Morgan McIntosh, and junior Jimmy Lawson to seal the win.
The match was extremely satisfying for Phipps, who handled Panthers
freshman Aaron Rothwell in a 13-3 major decision in what was the redshirt
freshman's third career dual meet.
Phipps, who had never encountered such an electric atmosphere in his young
career, thoroughly enjoyed the experience of wrestling in the BJC.
"I wanted to go out there on a big stage and have fun," Phipps said. "Coach
just said to go out there and try to score points and I just looked get some
One of the best aspects of the afternoon for each wrestler was having the
opportunity to run out past the Penn State student section on their way to the
mat for their individual matches, which multiple members of the Lions admitted
was an unforgettable moment.
McIntosh, who scored a 4-3 overtime victory over Nick Bonaccorsi at the
197-pound weight, admitted that running past and receiving high-fives from the
fans helped get him extremely pumped up as he came out for his match.
"I love Rec Hall obviously but running out like that gave it an extra
edge," said McIntosh. "You get pumped up running out in front of the crowd with
the extra spotlight on you."
Now that the long anticipated dual has come and gone, the team could not
feel more gratitude to their fans for helping the meet live up to its hype.
After having had the meet circled on their calendars since it was scheduled
back in August, the Nittany Lions can honestly say that the experience outdid
"I've been really excited to wrestle in the Bryce Jordan Center for a
while," said Taylor. "To have that many people at a wrestling match at home at
Penn State is pretty special."