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By Ryan Berti, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Picking up right where she left off last season, sophomore guard Teniya Page put up impressive numbers to help Penn State earn a hard-fought victory over the visiting Akron Zips, 84-71.

 

On the night, she would go for a stat line of a team-high 23 points on 9-of-17 shooting, including a clip of 5-for-9 from behind the arc, all the while also racking up six rebounds and seven assists in a full 40 minutes on the floor.

 

"She's important because of what she can do, but I also think she's important because it frees up and opens up opportunities for other people," head coach Coquese Washington said about the Page's impact. "[The rest of the team] is able to do what they can do because she's being aggressive."

 

Early in the contest, the Chicago-native made her presence felt by knocking down three of her treys on the night en route to 11 points and a Penn State lead of 26-19 in the game's first quarter.

 

The second leg of action Akron responding after a quick jumper by senior Peyton Whitted opened up the scoring in the quarter. After that, the Zips went on a 12-0 run to take the lead, 31-28.

 

Coach Washington called a timeout to talk things over with her team to make some necessary adjustments.

 

"We weren't being as aggressive against the zone as I wanted to be," Washington said.

 

Penn State then answered back with an impressive 17-5 run of their own fueled by the likes of Page and junior guard Lindsey Spann, who combined for all but three points of the team's output to close the remainder of the quarter and half. After the hot streak of play, the Lady Lions were able to head into the locker room with a steady 10-point lead.

 

The Zips would fire back almost immediately at the start of the second half, as Akron guard Hannah Plybon rifled off a 3-pointer to quickly put her squad on the board. The following possession, Plybon added two more to her point-total with layup to make it 46-41, officially cut the deficit from the start of the quarter in half.

 

Both squads would trade scoring runs throughout the quarter; Penn State earned the longest stretch of scoring with an 8-0 run over roughly two-and-a-half minutes, meanwhile, Akron was able to hit five total 3-pointers in the quarter from the hands of Plybon and Megan Sefick, who hit the last of which with three seconds left in the quarter to make it just a 65-61 Lions' lead through three.

 

The fourth quarter would keep it a five-point contest up to the final five minutes, but after the final quarter's halfway point it was all Blue and White. Penn State went on to close the game on a 10-2 run thanks to five Zips turnovers.

 

Turnovers would prove to be the biggest difference between the otherwise equally competitive squads. The Lions won the turnover battle by forcing twice as many turnovers as they committed (16-8) and turned those into 29 points on the other end. Akron only was able to score six points off of turnovers.

 

Team captain Kaliyah Mitchell said post-game that the team will take both the good and the bad from the game and use it to propel the team throughout the beginnings of the season.

 

"Right now we're just trying to keep the high energy and let each game push us forward. We learn from each game and we don't settle," she said.  "So we look forward to every single game but we also look back and see things that we can fix so that we can keep improving every night."

 

With the win, Penn State moves to 2-1 on the season. The Lions also stay perfect against the current lineup of MAC competition, moving to 7-0 against the conference all-time.

 

Next up for the Lady Lions is a home game against the No. 13 Tennessee Lady Vols this Sunday at 5 p.m. ET.

Practice Updates - Rutgers Week

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State football remains on the road this week, traveling to Rutgers for another primetime matchup with an 8 p.m. kickoff Saturday at High Point Solutions Stadium. 

Nittany Lion head coach James Franklin and center Brian Gaia took time following practice Wednesday evening to meet with members of the media for updates from Rutgers week. Check out their Q&A sessions below. 

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This Week in Penn State Wrestling - 11/16/16

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Fresh off a dominant home opening win against Stanford last week, Penn State wrestling is set to head to Penn for the Keystone Classic Sunday, Nov. 20 at the historic Palestra. 

The Nittany Lions will not only send their starting lineup to compete, but will also add an addition nine more wrestlers in the event. This week, we caught up with Penn State head coach Cael Sanderson and Nittany Lion Zain Retherford for an update. 

Check out updates from each Q&A session below.

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Goodwin's Road to 100

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By Maria Canales, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer 

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - This past weekend, senior captain David Goodwin became the first Nittany Lion to notch 100 career points. The Penn State forward reached the milestone against Alaska Anchorage with an assist on a Chase Berger goal. His century mark though, is just one legacy that the Des Peres, Missouri native hopes to leave behind.

Goodwin can remember Penn State's first game in Pegula Ice Arena, where he recalled scoring his first goal in the Blue and White - one of his favorite memories. The Oct. 11, 2013 matchup against Army drew a capacity crowd of 6,370 who witnessed Goodwin's goal during the third period to give the Nittany Lions a 3-0 lead.

"It was a very electric crowd that night," Goodwin said. "I was very nervous and had tons of emotions. I had butterflies in my stomach. I didn't really know what to expect, but that night couldn't have exceeded my expectations any more."

Forward Zach Saar assisted Goodwin's goal. 

Another standout moment for Goodwin was his game-winning goal in overtime at Michigan Feb. 21, 2014. The unassisted goal clinched the Nittany Lions' first Big Ten win in program history, further cementing Goodwin's name in Penn State hockey history.

"That was a very special moment," Goodwin said. "It was really neat for that to happen on the road because I was able to share it with just my teammates. It was something that really brought our team together and a win that has been very influential in the building of our program." 

At the end of his freshman season, Goodwin had tallied 18 points. By the end of his sophomore campaign, he had contributed 34 more times on the score sheet, putting him more than halfway to 100. At the end of the 2015-16 season, Goodwin's 38 points placed him 10 shy of the milestone. 

On the road to 100 points, Goodwin has said time and again that it hasn't been a road he has traveled alone. Goodwin has consistently given credit to all of his teammates, especially his line mates for encouraging him to do his best over the years.

"Playing with Casey Bailey was pretty special, obviously he's now an NHL player," Goodwin said. "At the same time, playing with a guy like Taylor Holstrom, it was equally as exciting. That line in particular we had phenomenal chemistry, we each brought something different to the line."

With the competitive nature of that line in particular though, Goodwin says that's now how he tries to model his following lines.

Goodwin has played every season with new line mates, finding that preparation and communication are both key to finding success with whoever he plays with.

"One thing that is common among all the lines I've had, is we're all very committed to getting better each and every day on the ice," Goodwin said. "We know the importance of chemistry so we're always working on stuff in practice and talking about things between periods."

While chemistry is key, Goodwin also believes it is essential to lead by example. Voted team captain for his senior campaign by his teammates, Goodwin leads the Nittany Lions with a level-headedness that his teammates respect. 

He may not be the loudest guy in the locker room, or the flashiest on the ice, but Goodwin knows how to put in the hard work and get results. 

"David's definitely a special leader," senior forward Ricky DeRosa said. "He's a guy who doesn't have to say too many things to get people motivated, which I really respect about him."

To date, Goodwin has 34 goals and 67 assists. He has logged six game-winning goals, ranking him second among all Nittany Lions and one shy of Tommy Olczyk's record of seven. But Goodwin is more than just the numbers you find on a box score, he's the leader of a team that prides itself on not only winning, but also being outstanding members of the Hockey Valley community.

"I work hard every day to be a good representation of this program and the University on the ice and off the ice," Goodwin said. "I think it's important for the University to view the players on the hockey team as great guys, great leaders in the community, and obviously good hockey players as well."

Lady Lions Ready for Akron

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By ANNA PITINGOLO, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - With the season in full swing, the Lady Lions are getting used to all that it comes with. And right now, that means playing multiple games in a row with a quick turnaround between each.

Penn State will be back in the Bryce Jordan Center on Wednesday to take on the Akron Zips for their third game in six days. With such a short rest period between games, head coach Coquese Washington was happy that her team was able to keep up their performance throughout the weekend, and she hopes that continues. 

"I liked the way we bounced back. With the quick turnaround, there's not a lot of time to get in the gym and really get after it from a physical standpoint," Washington said. "So really just focusing in and talking through some things and having more of a 'mental' practice and then just being able to make those adjustments without really going through a lot on the court, I was pleased [last weekend]." 

Despite the fast shift from game to game, the Lady Lions were able to follow up Friday's loss at Drexel with a 56-point pounding of Saint Peter's on Sunday. Now, with such a dominant win fresh in their minds, Washington keeps her team focused by continuing to work on their game plan. 

"We talk about the areas that we did well in but we also talk about some areas of growth that we have to have," Washington said. "So that's always our focus, it's 'how can we get better, what areas of the game do we need to smooth out and make sure we're paying attention to.' I think when we have that kind of focus, that it's not hard at all to get back in the gym and work on getting better for the next game." 

Redshirt freshman Amari Carter is on the same page as her coach and she and her teammates have already put the weekend games behind them as they turn their attention to the Zips.

"It's like every other game. That was a game on Sunday so now we have to focus on Wednesday," Carter said. "We can't keep dwelling on the past, just like we couldn't dwell on the loss from Friday on Sunday. So we just try to keep moving forward and work on progressing." 

After watching film from the weekend matchups, Washington saw a lot of positives from her team. But with it still being so early in the season, she knows that this team has so much potential that it's still trying to reach.

"There's certainly some room for growth. I'd like us to be a little bit more attuned to executing all the fine details defensively," Washington said. "I thought there were a couple possessions where there's a little bit of slippage from what we talked about doing and planned to do going into the game, so I'd like to see that be a little bit better." 

Guard Lindsey Spann is looking at perfecting the details of the team's defensive play going forward. And with Akron having success behind the arc so far this season, Spann is hoping the Lady Lions can improve their execution.

"We just definitely need to stay focused on defense the entire game, and not really take those mental lapses but just stay focused on defense and communicate and do the things we've been practicing," said the redshirt junior. 

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. on Wednesday and all the action can be heard on the Penn State Radio Network.

BLOG: Nittany Lions Embrace Early Challenge

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By Arielle Sargent, GoPSUSports.com

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - When Penn State men's basketball's Patrick Chambers met with members of the media ahead of the 2016-17 season opener, the sixth-year head coach acknowledged an early challenge awaiting the Nittany Lions.

Three games in a span of five days. 

For the first time in program history, Penn State saw three freshman starters in its opening night lineup, as Tony Carr, Lamar Stevens and Mike Watkins all suited up for their first official outing in the Blue and White.

Trailing Albany 41-25 at the half, Penn State saw its comeback effort fall short as junior Shep Garner made three free throws to pull the Nittany Lions within three with 17 seconds remaining before time expired. Garner led the team with 25 points, while four others joined him in double figures, including the trio of newcomers. 

Back at it for game two, the Nittany Lions got out to another slow start, but rebounded with an impressive second half to take down Duquesne 82-74. Penn State shot 48 percent from the field on the night and 6-for-9 from 3-point range in the second half on the way to its first win of the season. Stevens and Carr highlighted the Nittany Lion offense with a pair of 20-point performances, as 72 percent of the team's total scoring came from the freshman class.

Tuesday night at the Bryce Jordan Center, the Nittany Lions came out firing, scoring 48 points in the first half, the most since putting up 49 against Penn in 2008. 

Grand Canyon wasn't going away quietly though, trimming a double digit Penn State lead to as as few as five with less than a minute remaining. It was Garner though, who ultimately sparked the final push, swatting an inbounds pass to collect the steal before following with a bucket to lift the Nittany Lions to a gritty 85-76 win. Garner scored 14 points as one of four to finish with double figures, while Stevens led the team for the second consecutive game with 19 points.

"I found out a lot about my team," Chambers said postgame against Grand Canyon. "They dug deep, they got back to the middle of the ring, punched back, and we took the lead."

Opening the season with three games in five days, Chambers is pleased with the decision, now looking back. The Nittany Lions now prepare to shift their focus toward a pair of back-to-back matchups on the road in Uncasville, Connecticut, beginning with top-ranked Duke Saturday.

"I wanted to play these three games to prepare us for this weekend," Chambers said. "I know that we're going to have a lot of freshmen on the floor and I thought it was important for us to get the uniform on, be in the arena, get the families here and get the jitters out. Then really get a good look, gauge, where are we exactly." 

Chambers' full press conference following the win against Grand Canyon below. 

With yet another test looming, here's a look at a few more takeaways from the fast and furious start to the season.

MOORE Please
Postgame following the Duquesne win, Chambers noted that his staff would continue to work with redshirt junior Julian Moore, in the hopes that he might be able to contribute with more minutes on the court. Chambers simply told Moore to remain confident, and that certainly paid off as he finished first on the team with nine rebounds against Grand Canyon, adding two blocks and six points in 20 minutes of action.
 

"I was really happy for Julian," Chambers said. "To get nine rebounds was big, he gave us a big spark off the bench. We sorely needed it. You could see it. Our tanks were on empty a little bit for a couple of stretches."

An Immediate Impact
On simply numbers alone it's easy to see the immediate impact of the Nittany Lion newcomers, led by leading scorer Lamar Stevens, who's currently averaging 17.7 points per game. Between Stevens, Tony Carr and Mike Watkins, the trio has accounted for 131 of Penn State's 248 points to date, or 53 percent of the total offense.
 

Carr and Stevens were also the first freshmen to tally 20-point performances in a single game since Freddie Barnes (24) and Monroe Brown (32) did so in 1989.

Then add in Nazeer Bostick, who played in the Lock Haven exhibition before coming off the bench against Grand Canyon to log seven points, two rebounds, one assist and a steal.

"I have great confidence in him now to put him in a game," Chambers said, noting that Bostick showed physicality and toughness against Grand Canyon. "He did not fear the moment at all, which is just tremendous because he really hasn't played the first couple of games. He was prepared."

Watkins has also shown tremendous talent, as a physical presence and an exceptional shot blocker. He notched five blocks per game in back-to-back outings against Albany and Duquesne before totaling three against the Lopes. 

"It's great, he's our mother hen, veteran Shep Garner said following the win against Grand Canyon. "He protects the paint, rebounds, blocks a lot of shots and he gets it done. It's great having him out there in the back of the defense." 

Scoring 80
On media day, Chambers said that the goal for the team heading into the season was to score 80 every game. The Nittany Lions have checked that box so far, averaging 83 points per game on the year. While Chambers is pleased with the offense, there's still a few wrinkles to iron out.
 

"The guys are sharing the ball and we had almost five guys in double digits, which is really refreshing," Chambers said following the Grand Canyon win. "It is going to be tough to guard us because before it was one or two guys and now it's five or six. That does well for our future but we need to get these guys on the same page about guarding. It is nice to see us put up those points but we can't continue to outscore each team."

2016 Tuesday Press Conference Roundup - Rutgers

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Transcript: James Franklin Transcript: Players  | VIDEO: Weekly Q&A with Christian Campbell and Mike Gesicki

 UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State football remains on the road this week, traveling to Rutgers for another primetime matchup under the lights at High Point Solutions Stadium.

Riding a six-game winning streak, the Nittany Lions (8-2, 6-1) prepare to travel to Rutgers for the first time since 2014, meeting the Scarlet Knights (2-8, 0-7) for the 27th time in program history.

As he does every week, head coach James Franklin opened his weekly press conference with a few final thoughts on the road win at Indiana before diving into Rutgers. 

Offensively, Franklin noted that he was pleased with Penn State's ability to start fast and score on the first drive, while also continuing to execute explosive plays. The Nittany Lions currently lead the Big Ten in long yardage plays of at least 20 yards, while also ranking tied for for sixth nationally among FBS programs in long yardage plays of 40-plus yards, with 18 on the year.

Franklin also stressed how the "next man up" mentality has now moved its way to the offensive line, where the Nittany Lions have seen injuries sideline three starters at offensive tackle.

"I'm really proud [of that group], Franklin said. "[Ryan] Bates hadn't taken a rep at tackle since he has been here and we moved him out last week, and he really did a nice job for us. So I'm proud of the mentality we had at linebacker earlier in the year when we faced some adversity and challenges, and same thing on the offensive line right now."

Defensively, Franklin noted that the Nittany Lions have been especially efficient in stopping the run, especially within the last few outings. 

"We held Purdue to 1.8 yards per carry; Iowa to 1.2 yards per carry and Indiana at 2.7 yards per carry, which is all under the goal we have each week," Franklin said.

Looking toward Rutgers, Franklin noted that with every change in program's coaching staff, there's always a period of adjustment. Even with adjustment, Franklin was quick to point out that some point, things begin to "click," with the Scarlet Knights in possession of all the pieces to the puzzle to be successful.  

"They've got a really good staff, they've got really good people, and they've got talent," Franklin said. "So at some point it's going to click for them offensively."

On The Quote Board -
- Penn State's Billy Fessler stepped into a starting role as a holder for the Nittany Lions at Indiana. Stepping into a position where chemistry and rhythm between the snapper, holder and kicker is of the utmost importance, here's what Franklin had to say about the kind student-athlete Fessler is. 

"Making a change there and not ideal, but Billy's so respected in our program. As a vet, my relationship with Billy is really good. I really, really have grown to love and respect the guy. He's one of the guys that has a role on our team and really embraced the role."

- Penn State has come back from behind by double figures to win the game three times this year, a feat that has not been accomplished in a single season since at least 1970. Cornerback Christian Campbell described how the Nittany Lions have been able to remain calm under pressure.

"Really just keeping our head up. We've got leaders on the team that talk to us all the time. Like during a game if we're down, we've got leaders on the team that tell us to keep our head up. The game is not over. We've got a lot of minutes left. So anything can happen at any given time. So we've got to keep playing and playing hard."

- As a New Jersey native, tight end Mike Gesicki is excited to play in front of the hometown crowd. Here's what he remembers from his first trip to Piscataway.

"I remember playing there my freshman year, and they have a lot of talent. They're going to come out there and it's going to be a big game for both sides. We're just excited for another opportunity to play another Big Ten team. I'm personally excited to go back to New Jersey, play a game close to home. This is a great opportunity for us."

- Franklin has high hopes for Nittany Lion wide receiver Irvin Charles, who has matured in many ways since he arrived on campus. Whether its been on special teams or making plays on offense, we've already seen glimpses this season.

"I think you're going to see over the next couple years Irvin Charles has a very, very bright future. He is talented, talented, talented, maybe the most talented wide receiver I've ever been around. We all saw the catch that he had and what he was able to do with it once he got the ball in his hands. But there's a lot more that goes into it than that. So we're looking for other ways to get the ball in his hands and give him a chance to make the play."

VIDEO: Rutgers Week Q&A

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State football tight end Mike Gesicki and cornerback Christian Campbell sat down for a weekly Q&A session to take a quick look back at the road win at Indiana, while also looking ahead to the upcoming trip to Rutgers.

Check out updates from the Q&A sessions below.

Mike Gesicki

Christian Campbell

Men's Hoops Gameday Live - vs. Grand Canyon (11/15/16)

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State men's basketball is back in action hosting Grand Canyon Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Bryce Jordan Center. The Nittany Lions and GCU will meet as part of the on-campus portion of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament. 

Follow along with our live blog for in-game updates and exclusive content.




Live Blog Men's Hoops Gameday 2016-17 vs. Grand Canyon (11/15/16)
 

Penn State Weekly Check In

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State men's hockey head coach Guy Gadowsky and Nittany Lion Ricky DeRosa take time for a weekly check in to recap last weekend while looking ahead to the upcoming two-game series against Arizona State at home in Pegula Ice Arena. 

Catch up with Gadowsky and DeRosa to hear what's happening this week in Penn State men's hockey. 


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