UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - When a team comes into your house and grabs a win it is
a feeling that you don't want to ever feel again. That is a feeling that the
Lady Lions felt the last time that Michigan State traveled to the Bryce Jordan
Center. Penn State will look to revenge their last home loss on Sunday at 2
p.m. vs. the Spartans on ESPN2.
Assistant coach Kia Damon gives us a quick scouting report, Dara Taylor talks about the challenges the Spartans present and we've added a three-point play's worth of notes are included below.
The Last Victor: The last time that
Michigan State came into the Bryce Jordan Center they walked out with a victory
and that was the last team to exit University Park campus with a smile on their
faces and a win in their pocket. Since Jan. 7, 2012, the Lady Lions have been unstoppable
inside the Bryce Jordan Center and enter Sunday's matinée matchup vs. MSU on a
17-game home court winning streak.
The longest home court winning streak in Bryce Jordan Center history is 24 games that stretched from Valentine's Day 2002 until Dec. 14, 2003. To reach that point, Penn State will have to complete just the fourth unblemished season in program history inside the building that opened in 1995-96.
First to 50 Wins: The BJC faithful might have a hard time accepting the fact that McNuggets are probably not in the cards vs. the Spartans. In their meeting in East Lansing, Mich. the Lady Lions were able to grab a 76-55 victory. Michigan State has allowed only one other opponents to reach the 70-point mark this season and is holding conference opponents to just 59.6 points per game.
The Lady Lions are pouring in an average of 71.3 points and limit the opposition to just 56.4 points a contest. The Spartans are scoring just over 62 points a game and enter the weekend with an 8-2 record away from home this season. The first team to reach 50 points might just take home bragging rights after this contest.
Lucas Among Big Ten's Best: Maggie Lucas is among the top scorers in the Big Ten this season, but the junior also ranks among the conference leaders in steals. She pours in an average of 19.8 points per contest and does it in a variety of ways, while making offense for teammates with 53 steals to sit fifth on the conference charts.
Lucas is among the top three point shooters in the country and leads the Big Ten at a .478 clip from beyond the arc. She has knocked down 64 three point attempts, which is second in the Big Ten, but also gets points the easy way. The junior is hitting nearly 89 percent of her shots from the charity stripe and her 93 makes are the fifth most in the Big Ten.