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What To Watch: Penn State hosts Texas A&M

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State women's basketball team returns home to start a three-game homestand on Sunday (Dec. 15) against Texas A&M. The No. 12/12 Lady Lions (6-3) welcome No. 20/24 Aggies (5-2) to the Bryce Jordan Center for a 2 p.m. tipoff.


Penn State trailed by 20 points at halftime on Wednesday at South Dakota State, but rallied in the second half to pull within one point, however, the Jackrabbits held on down the stretch for an 83-79 victory. Three players reached double figures for Penn State, with Ariel Edwards netting 24 points, Maggie Lucas scoring 20 points and Dara Taylor adding 19.

The all-time series is tied (1-1), with Penn State snapping Texas A&M's long home court non-conference winning streak last season and the Aggies winning the first meeting in 2008 at the Timeout 4 HIV/AIDS Tournament in Malibu.

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What To Watch For - Penn State

Bouncing Back Under Washington: Penn State has not lost consecutive games since dropping back-to-back Big Ten contests during the 2011-12 season. At that time, Penn State lost at Ohio State, 89-67, before falling to Purdue at home, 51-49, in February of 2012. The Lady Lions have followed up a loss with a win on 17 straight occasions, including this season vs. Bucknell and at Georgetown.

Edwards Goes for 24: Senior Ariel Edwards tied her career-high on Wednesday at South Dakota State by scoring 24 points on 9-of-12 shooting. The Elmont, N.Y. native, tied the mark she set last season against Detroit on Nov. 23, 2012 at the Radisson Hotel Chatsworth Thanksgiving Tournament. It is her third career 20-point game, with the other coming against St. Francis (23) in the 2013-14 season opener.

Home for the Holidays: Penn State will be at home for their next three games starting tonight against the Aggies. The Blue and White will host 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 Big Ten play on Jan. 5, 2014 at Iowa.

What To Watch For - Texas A&M

Looking for Revenge: This will be the second game in the home-and-home series, which began with a Penn State victory over Texas A&M last season at Reed Arena. The Lady Lions claimed a 63-58 decision to end the Aggies 58-game non-conference home winning streak that dated back to the 2003 season.

Limiting the Opposition: The Aggies are ranked 13th in the NCAA defensively, allowing 54.4 points per game, allowing only three opponents to crack the 60-point mark. The Aggies have limited two opponents to fewer than 40 points - Prairie View A&M (27) & San Diego State (35) - and also held North Texas to just 45 points.

Against the Rankings: Texas A&M has won their last three games against ranked opponents away from home and claimed four of their last five such contests. They also like playing the No. 12 team in the rankings, winning their last three contests vs. the 12th ranked team - defeating Oklahoma (2009-10) and twice beating Texas (2008-09 & 2009-10).


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