PARK, Pa. - The Penn State women's basketball team continues their homestand on
Sunday, Dec. 22 with an 11 a.m. contest vs. Alcorn State. The Lady Lions (7-3)
enter the weekend ranked No. 17 in the AP Poll and No. 18 in the USA Today
Coaches Poll and will host the Lady Braves (1-8), who enter the contest after a
63-50 loss at Louisiana-Lafayette on Thursday evening.
GAME NOTES: Alcorn State
Penn State will meet the Lady Braves for the first time in program history and own a 4-0 record against teams in the current alignment of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). Penn State has defeated Alabama A&M, Jackson State and twice toppled Prairie View A&M.
What To Watch For - Penn State
Building Momentum: Penn State rebounded from a loss at South Dakota State with a victory over then-No. 20/24 Texas A&M last week and will have to more games before starting Big Ten play on Sunday, Jan. 5. The Lady Lions will host Alcorn State today before taking a quick holiday break and returning to Happy Valley for a Dec. 29 bout with Hartford.
Waldner Protecting the Paint: Junior forward Tori Waldner has been a force in the paint for the Blue and White in 2013-14 and had one of her best performances against Texas A&M last Sunday. The Milton, Ga. Native pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds and blocked three shots. On the season, Waldner now has a team-best 16 blocks - including at least one block in nine straight games - and currently ranks second on the team with 6.2 rebounds per game.
Lucas Continues Climb: Senior guard Maggie Lucas continues her ascent towards the top of the Penn State scoring charts. Lucas became the fifth player in school history to reach the 2,000-point plateau and moved into third place in school history with 2,054 career points after a 26-point effort vs. Texas A&M. She is now 199 points shy of moving into the No. 2 spot, currently held by Susan Robinson with 2,253 points.
What To Watch For - Alcorn State
Another New Face: Alcorn State will be meeting the Lady Lions for the first time in program history on Sunday in the Bryce Jordan Center. The Lady Braves have already played four opponents for the first time in program history, defeating Nebraska-Omaha and dropping games to Central Arkansas, James Madison and East Carolina.
Leading the Lady Braves: Senior Tierro Frost is the top scorer for the Lady Braves this season, entering Sunday's matchup averaging 15.4 points per contest. She is the only ASU player averaging in double figures, with Ashtin NcNichols averaging 9.0 points in just two games played. Frost also leads the team in assists (9) and steals (13), while sitting second on the squad in rebounds (44) and blocked shots (5).
Calling Flint Home: The birthplace of General Motors, Flint, Mich. is also home to Penn State head coach Coquese Washington and Alcorn State head coach Tonya Edwards. Edwards and Washington have met as opponents at every level, playing high school basketball against one another, meeting in college, and playing vs. each other in both the ABL and WNBA. Edwards played her high school basketball at Northwestern and attended the University of Tennessee, while Washington prepped at Central High School and played collegiately for Notre Dame. The two met only once in college, a 77-54 victory for the senior Edwards' No. 1 Lady Vols over the freshman Washington's Fighting Irish.