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Nittany Lions Tested in Maryland Sweep

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By Will Desautelle, GoPSUsports.com student staff writer 

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Top-ranked Penn State swept Maryland (25-14, 25-21, 25-16) in front of a packed house in Rec Hall to extend its win streak to 15 consecutive matches.

Although the score might not reflect it, the Nittany Lions didn't play as clean as intended, and to head coach Russ Rose, it was the large crowd on homecoming weekend that played an integral role in propelling Penn State to victory. 

"I thought it was a fabulous crowd," Rose said. "We are very appreciative of the promotions and marketing people that put a lot of time in." 

It was arguably one of the best Rec Hall crowds of the entire season, as spectators lined the  upper track level to watch the match, with standing room only space available.

Prominently contributing to Saturday night's win was the evenly distributed effort from Rose's team.

All-American outside hitter Simone Lee led the way with 10 kills for the Nittany Lions, but no other Nittany Lion had more than five kills, with five different individuals adding at least three kills.

Tori Gorrell was efficient out of the middle for the Nittany Lions, adding five kills on seven total attacks.

"I thought [Tori] was in a better position to hit the ball," Rose said. "We talk to Tori a lot about getting her more swings and part of that in the equation is that she has to be in a position where she can take a good swing. I thought she took some good swings." 

Gorrell helped lead a dominant performance at the net for Penn State, contributing three of the Nittany Lions' 13 total team blocks Saturday night.

"I just think we do a really good job in practice of reading the other team and trying to see where they are going and make plays," Gorrell said.

Maryland, however, gave the Nittany Lions a lot of free point throughout the match, as they committed 29 attacking errors and 11 service errors. They also hit just .047 for the match. Despite the numerous self-inflicting errors, Rose thought Maryland gave his team a necessary tough test. 

"They had more kills than we did and they made more errors, but they've got young kids and I think [they] are doing a great job of building the program," Rose said. "That was a really good team we played tonight."

Rose also pointed out that Maryland's tendency to serve aggressively gave Penn State problems passing in serve receive when they were able to put the ball on the court.

"On the balls they serve in, they serve really hard," Rose said. "Everybody has a plan and I don't think they become distracted when they miss their serves," Rose said. "They're going to do what they do well. We knew they were going to be good." 

Rose, who has made a blueprint in his 38-year tenure for hardly being satisfied after a win, made several indications that Penn State still has plenty of work to do before he becomes satisfied. 

"It's nice to win, but I hope Maryland taught [our] players the lessons they needed to because they won the serve-pass game in spite of the fact of missing 11 serves," Rose said.

He ended the night with what he feels is a valuable quote from a book he reads frequently for his team to focus on heading into next week.

"Would you rather have discipline or disappointment?" Rose said. "Some people are happy how we played -  I think we'll get in the gym and work a little bit harder on Monday." 

The Nittany Lions will take on Indiana  Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in Rec Hall for their final home game of the regular season. 

VIDEO: Rutgers Postgame (Players)

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - No. 14 Penn State football topped Rutgers 35-6 Saturday in front of a homecoming crowd of more than 107,000 in its military appreciation game. Catch up with several of the Nittany Lions following the win.

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VIDEO: Rutgers Postgame (James Franklin)

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - No. 14 Penn State football topped Rutgers 35-6 Saturday in front of a homecoming crowd of more than 107,000 in its military appreciation game. Catch up with Nittany Lion head coach James Franklin following the win. 

Beaver Stadium Extra - Rutgers

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Go behind the scenes and inside all things Beaver Stadium on Rutgers gameday with the Nittany Lions. Check in for exclusive interviews and content throughout the entire afternoon. 

Honorary Captain Col. James Harding Joins Beaver Stadium Extra
Penn State alum and former Nittany Lion lineman Col. James Harding, one of the most decorated members of the military is honored pregame as an honorary captain during the coin toss. 


Homecoming Grand Marshal John Urschel Joins Beaver Stadium Extra 
NFL veteran and Nittany Lion offensive line alum John Urschel returned to Happy Valley to be recognized as the 2017 Penn State Homecoming Grand Marshal.

Track & Field's Megan McCloskey on Homecoming Court 
Penn State track & field student-athlete Megan McCloskey shares her experience selected to the 2017 Penn State Homecoming Court.

Penn State Welcomes Back former Nittany Lion Mascots 
Michael Valania, Penn State's Nittany Lion mascot from 2013-15 roared again with a special performance during a break in the action.
By Will Desautelle, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Nittany Lions continued their recent hot stretch with a convincing 7-0 victory over Stony Brook in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. It was their third straight win, and head coach Erica Dambach has her team playing with more confidence than ever. Read More

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By Will Desautelle, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Nittany Lions continued their recent hot stretch with a convincing 7-0 victory over Stony Brook in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. It was their third straight win, and head coach Erica Dambach has her team playing with more confidence than ever.

"I could not have been prouder of this group tonight," Dambach said. "The momentum is going in the right direction right now. I think everything has been building up to this point. We keep talking about being 28 strong and we can feel that in everything we are doing right now."

Laura Freigang and Frannie Crouse led an offensive onslaught of four first half goals for the Nittany Lions. Freigang, who was tied with a team-high five goals coming into Friday's game, added three more to her season total by the end of the first half. It was the first Penn State women's soccer hat trick since Sept. 4, 2011.

"[Laura] has been having an incredible season for us," Crouse said. "It's great to play with her...her goals have been great."

Two second-half goals from Frankie Tagliaferri off the bench and one from Charlotte Williams sealed an already lopsided game for the Nittany Lions, who will face the winner of Georgetown and Wake Forest in the second round. 

"We got to get most of our players into the game, which is really huge for us," Crouse said. "They deserve to play, and for us to be able to get the score up and get everyone in boosts everyone's confidence."

More impressive than the Nittany Lions' best offensive output of the season was the fact that they were so prolific offensively in such frigid weather. Temperatures dropped as low as 16 degrees on Friday night, but Penn State had no intentions of letting the cold slow them down.

"You learn very quickly that weather is always going to be there and that it's nothing you can control," Crouse said. "What you can control is how you feel about it. Right now, we're on a beach. That's what we tell ourselves. It's obviously very cold but in our mindset, we're prepared to play through anything."

"It honestly wasn't a big deal. We didn't even really talk about it that much. You can't change [the weather]," Freigang added.

It was not a typical regular season for the Nittany Lions, as they finished tied for fourth in the Big Ten regular season standings. However, Dambach believes her team is starting to peak at the right time after winning their seventh Big Ten Tournament.

During the final four game span of the regular season, while the Nittany Lions won just once, they allowed just three goals and outshot opponents 65-23 during that span. The creativity in the box was there, but it was just a matter of finishing those opportunities.

"We've been wanting to score [more], so it was cool to be able to get a couple goals early on. It does a lot for our confidence," Freigang said.

Penn State won the national championship in 2015, and Dambach's team this season seems to be mirroring the way the 2015 team begun to play at its highest-level right when the postseason began.

The stifling defense has been the calling card through four postseason games, as the Nittany Lions have allowed just one goal during that four game stretch. Although they had struggled offensively at times before coming into tonight, Dambach believes that this level of defense will aid them moving forward.

"The best attack is a great defense and how can we win the ball higher up on the field to try to break them down before they get organized," Dambach said.

Dambach recently has mentioned several times that her team playing with a new mentality since the beginning of the Big Ten tournament. Whatever the new mindset is, Penn State is obviously feeding off of it right now. Only time will tell to see how deep into the NCAA Tournament it can take them. 

By Brian McLaughlin, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State women's basketball team opened its 2017 season with a dominant performance beating Siena 86-72 on Friday.  Read More

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By Brian McLaughlin, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State women's basketball team opened its 2017 season with a dominant performance beating Siena 86-72 on Friday.

 After a close first quarter, the Lady Lions turned it on in the second quarter, outscoring the Saints 26-7. The defensive pressure proved vital as Penn State forced 19 first-half turnovers led by Siyeh Frazier with eight steals.

 "We have worked all week on really flying around on defense, just keeping our hands up, pressuring the ball and in the second quarter we really executed that game well," Jaida Travascio-Green said.

Amari Carter picked up two fouls only five minutes into the game. With another regular starter in Teniya Page out, Siyeh Frazier had to fill in at point-guard for the remainder of the first quarter. 

Carter and Travascio-Green led the team on the offensive end. Carter had a team high 19 points and Travascio-Green followed with 14. Carter also added six rebounds and five assists.

"We have had plenty of time to practice without Teniya," Coach Coquese Washington said. "We kind of have a rotation, Sarah McMurtry, Siyeh (Frazier) can play some back-up point, so we've been practicing without her so we're used to not having her on the court." 

The second quarter proved to be the difference as the Lady Lions shot 58 percent from the field in second quarter. Carter scored nine of her 19 in the frame and Travascio-Green added eight. 

The Lady Lions did a great job of pushing the pace all evening, outscoring the Saints 27-14 on the fast break. This is a big point of emphasis for coach Washington, who really liked how her guards ran the floor. 

"When you have a point guard like Amari, who is really good at pushing the pace, and creating her own shot it helps keep the pace fast. She did a great job of finding Jaida and finding some of our post players," Washington said. "It plays into our talent so I think everything starts with great guard play." 

The Lady Lions led by as much as 35 points, however the Saints cut the lead to as low as 12 in the fourth quarter. Penn State was only able to manage 11 points in the fourth quarter allowing the Saints to claw back in the game. 

With four Lady Lions in foul trouble the bench received a large number of minutes in the fourth quarter.  

Kollyns Scarbaugh had a game high 21 points and 12 rebounds for a double-double for Siena but was unable to lead her team all the way back for what would have been an impressive comeback win.

The Lady Lions return to action Sunday to take on the Drexel Dragons at the Bryce Jordan Center at 1:00 p.m. 

Carr Powers Penn State Past Campbell

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By Arielle Sargent, GoPSUsports.com

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - For Penn State head coach Patrick Chambers, the Nittany Lions are 1-0 following an 86-75 win against Campbell in the 2017-18 season opener.  Read More

Carr Powers Penn State Past Campbell

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GAME 1: vs. Campbell

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - For Penn State head coach Patrick Chambers, the Nittany Lions are 1-0 following an 86-75 win against Campbell in the 2017-18 season opener.

"We had some unusual lineups out there, but for the most part, we're 1-0," Chambers said. "We're 1-0 and I'm going to take a lot of positives from it."

Among the positives, Chambers was most pleased with the defensive effort, noting the Nittany Lions were able to execute defensively for 30 minutes, needing just 10 more minutes in the future.

Although Campbell's Chris Clemons finished with 39 points, his shooting ability wasn't anything the Nittany Lions weren't prepared for.

"I knew it was going to be a hard game and I knew the way they played at the end of last year," Chambers said. "I knew all about Clemons. He reminds me a lot of Allen Iverson, just a guy that can score and get to the free throw line. I knew he would be able to try and keep his team in it."

While Penn State committed just three turnovers in the first half, it struggled to build its lead to more than five points for most of the opening frame.

With 5:24 remaining in the first half, Lamar Stevens drained his first 3-pointer of the game to spark some momentum. Less than two minutes later, Shep Garner connected on his first triple to give Penn State its then-largest lead of the opening half, 28-22. 

Campbell cut the advantage to four before Jamari Wheeler drove through traffic for layup to bring the Nittany Lions back up by six, 30-24, with fewer than four minutes in the first half.  

Building on the advantage, Julian Moore dropped in a pair of free throws to send Penn State ahead by as many as eight before a Tony Carr jumper sent the Nittany Lions into the locker room leading 36-28.

Penn State shot out to the second half and built on the advantage to as many as 17 points.

Campbell quickly responded with a 14-4 run, but Carr broke it up with a 3-pointer, before completing the and-1 to bring Penn State ahead, 67-5, with less than 5:30 remaining in the game.

"He made big buckets, and he made some great passes too that put us in position to be successful, which is great," Chambers said. "He showed some leadership. You could see he was disappointed they had made a run on us, and he wasn't going to let us lose this game. He was going to come out and compete, and he did that. He took it on his shoulders."

Campbell arrived no closer than five as Carr finished just shy of a triple double with a career-high 33 points in addition to nine rebounds and seven assists.

"I just try to make the best plays for my team, whether that's shooting or passing or diving on the floor, doing anything," Carr said. "I just try to do what my team needs of me, and at that point in time, it was just to score the basketball. I just wanted to have a scoring mindset down the stretch and lead us to the win." 

Penn State saw a few new faces on the court with true freshmen Jamari Wheeler and John Harrar both contributing.

"That's a freshman playing his 15 minutes," Chamber said reflecting on Wheeler's performance.  "He had some excellent finishes. I mean he went up that guy's chest, he walled up, and he still finished. That's what he's capable of doing. He took a really good opening three. Jamari definitely brings that spark off the bench, that toughness that we need. He's going to really bring pace to our team.

Penn State has a quick turnaround, returning to action Sunday against Fairleigh Dickinson at 5 p.m. in the Bryce Jordan Center.

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