Pa. - Welcome to in-game coverage for the 2012-13 Penn State women's basketball
season. Each home game, GoPSUsports.com will provide insight from press row.
Check back often for running updates as the action unfolds.
Penn State (5-1) will host Fairleigh Dickinson (1-4) on Sunday inside the Bryce
Jordan Center. The Lady Lions dropped their first contest of the season, 65-69,
on Thursday, Nov. 29 at Miami (Fla.) as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge,
while the Knights are coming off of their first victory of the season, a 53-47
win over Manhattan on Sunday, Nov. 25
Lady Lions - G-
Taylor, G- Bentley, G- Lucas F- East C- Greene
Knights - G- Isaacs, G-
Pankey, G- Andrades F- Crawford, C- Livermore
15:45, 1st Half - No. 6/7 Penn State 5, Fairleigh
Washington starts three guards for the first time this season with Taylor,
Lucas and Bentley on the floor together to start the game against the Knights.
Sloppy start for the Lady Lions as they started shooting one of four from the
field on three missed open shots. Defensive pressure from Penn State has forced
the Knights to play deep into the shot clock and rush their shooting
opportunities. All five of Penn State's points have come off of steals and into
transition including a Maggie Lucas corner three-pointer before the first media
11:22, 1st Half - No. 6/7 Penn State 10, Fairleigh Dickinson 10
Both teams have
turned the ball over at a high rate in the early going with four turnovers
apiece. The Penn State bigs have stopped Fairleigh Dickinson from getting any
opportunities inside the paint. The Lady Lions were shooting a mere 3-for-9
from the field before Maggie Lucas tied the score at 10 with another corner
three at the 12:50 mark. Nikki Greene stuffed a Knight player on the last FDU
possession and drew a foul out of transition and will head to the line after
the media timeout.
7:59, 1st Half - No. 6/7 Penn State 22, Fairleigh Dickinson 11
Maggie Lucas has
lead Penn State on a 12-1 run including her third three pointer of the game
which put her to 16th place on the career scoring list (1,329) as
she passes assistant coach Maren Walseth. Lucas has 12 points in the early
going and is shooting 4-for-5 from three point range. Gizelle Studevent and
Candice Agee are on the floor for Penn State now as Washington has gone nine
deep to this point in the game.
3:53, 1st Half - No. 6/7 Penn State 38, Fairleigh Dickinson 17
Penn State still
over powering the Knights on the defensive end as FDU is shooting 23.8 percent
from the field. FDU has scored only five points since the 11:22 mark. Dara
Taylor hit a three to add to her point total on the day, which currently stands
at 11 after she converted another steal into a transition bucket for Penn
State. On the very next FDU possession Penn State forced another Knight
turnover, which turned into two more fast break points for Penn State. The Lady
Lions have forced 10 FDU turnovers in the first 16 minutes of play. Nikki
Greene hits two free throws before the last media timeout of the first half
extending Penn State's 28-7 run since the second media timeout.
End of 1st Half - No. 6/7 Penn State 50, Fairleigh Dickinson 21
East and Agee
swatted back-to-back Knight shots inducing a frustration technical foul by
FDU's Tiffany Grant with 1:38 to go. Bentley hit both technical foul shots and
then East connected on both of the personal foul shots to extend the lead to
26. Penn State tallied five blocks in the first half including three from East
and one from Greene and Agee. East hit a turn around floater with three seconds
remaining to send the Lady Lions into the half with a 29-point lead. FDU hasn't
found a way to break the defensive pressure of Penn State and get shots off
earlier in the shot clock. Penn State's ability to force turnovers is the
biggest reason why they have the lead they do at the half. Offensively, Lucas
and Taylor have combined for 29 of the team's 50 points. Taylor has thrived
while running the point for a majority of the first half, but it has limited
the shooting opportunities for Bentley who has only four shots on the day.
15:27, 2nd Half - No. 6/7 Penn State 59, Fairleigh Dickinson 23
starts with the same group on the floor that they opened the game with (Taylor,
Lucas, Bentley, East, Greene) and continue the defensive dominance as Greene
opens the half with another block. Lucas continues to rain down three's as she
hits her fifth three of the game in the early going of the second half.
Washington opens the second half in a zone look defensively which FDU cannot
break and they continually have to force bad shots late in the shot clock. East
has four points on two touches inside the paint in the first four and a half
minutes of the half showcasing her turn around floater from the right block. Penn
State on a 9-2 run to start the half.
11:09, 2nd Half - No. 6/7 Penn State 76, Fairleigh Dickinson 30
The Lady Lions
are shooting the lights out of the BJC by connecting on half of the shots they
take from the field and from three-point rage. An Ariel Edwards free throw on
an and-one opportunity earns free McNuggets for the BJC crowd, which erupted as
her free throw hit the net. Penn State comes right back down the floor to Agee
who completes another three point play to stretch the Lady Lion lead. Edwards
picks the pocket of an FDU player for yet another fast break point on the
team's 16th forced turnover.
7:17, 2nd Half - No. 6/7 Penn State 84, Fairleigh Dickinson 35
The Lady Lions
have held FDU to only 14 points in the half and have scored 34 of their own
with just under eight minutes to play. Washington is still playing her starters
as Bentley, Greene and Lucas are still on the floor. Bentley adds another
transition bucket for the Lady Lions on their ninth steal of the game before
the media timeout.
2:36, 2nd Half - No. 6/7 Penn State 94, Fairleigh Dickinson 41
back-to-back Edwards buckets, that puts five Lady Lions into double figures,
led by Lucas with 24. Penn State currently holds 53-point lead and if they can
hold onto the lead it will be the first time they beat an opponent by 50 plus
since Wagner on Dec. 18 2011.
FINAL - No. 6/7 Penn State 101, Fairleigh Dickinson 44
into offense for the Lady Lions against the Knights as FDU shot 30 percent from
the field and committed 21 turnovers. Taylor sunk a floater with 30 seconds
remaining to complete the 101-point effort from Penn State as they total 100
plus points for the first time since Dec. 18 2011. Lucas, Edwards and Taylor
lead the Lady Lions offensively as all three players had 15 or more points on
The Lady Lions
tallied 8 blocked shots including three from East who started her first game of
the season. Lucas shot a team high six threes while only missing three shots
from long range. Penn State will now head to Stoors to face No. 2 Connecticut
on Thursday at 7 p.m.