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VIDEO: Lady Lions Season Review Press Conference

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Head coach Coquese Washington and the Lady Lion players met the media on Wednesday to review the 2013-'14 season.  Penn State won its third-straight Big Ten title and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the second time in the past three seasons.  Take a look.

VIDEO: NCAA Regional Semifinal Postgame at Stanford

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PALO ALTO, Calif. - Head into the locker room following Penn State's setback to Stanford in the NCAA Regional Semifinals on Sunday afternoon.  The Lady Lions finish the 2013-'14 season with a 24-8 mark. Watch postgame remarks from seniors Talia East and Maggie Lucas.

LIVE BLOG: Lady Lions at Stanford - NCAA Sweet 16

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Welcome to live in-game coverage on for the No. 14/15 Penn State women's basketball NCAA Sweet 16 contest at No. 6/5 Stanford on Sunday, March 30 inside Maples Pavilion.

BLOG: What to Watch  | BLOG: Confidence at a High for Lady Lions Freshmen | BLOG: Tournament Headquarters

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What To Watch: Penn State at Stanford - Sweet 16

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State women's basketball team will make their 13th appearance in the Sweet 16 today against No. 2 seed Stanford inside Maples Pavilion. The Lady Lions are 4-8 all-time in Regional Semifinals and are making their first appearance in the round of 16 since 2012.

BLOG: Confidence at a High for Lady Lions Freshmen

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What To Watch - Penn State

Leading at the Line: Penn State enters today's contest shooting 77.5 percent from the free throw stripe this season. That shooting clip is just off the school record pace of 78.2 percent set by the 2003-04 squad. The Lady Lions have made 581 of 750 free throws and seven players are shooting better than .730 on the season. Lucas is hitting 94.9 percent (185-of-195) from the charity stripe and Ariel Edwards is connecting on 81.6 percent (111-of-136) on the year.

Not So Sweet 16: Penn State has played in 12 previous Sweet 16 games and own a 4-8 mark in those games. The last time Penn State advanced to the sweetest of games, they fell to No. 1 seed UConn, 77-59, in Kingston, R.I. during the 2012 NCAA Tournament. This will mark the Lady Lions second trip to the Sweet 16 under Coquese Washington. Penn State last won in the Regional Semifinal round in 2004, defeating Notre Dame, 55-49.

Yelling Timber: Penn State will look to defeat Stanford in the NCAA Tournament for the second time this academic year. The Lady Lions will look to duplicate the effort of the women's volleyball team. The Cardinal and Lady Lions have met twice before, with both teams claiming a win. Stanford won the last meeting between the two schools in 2001 (90-68), while Penn State won the initial meeting in 1984 (73-63). Both previous meetings came on neutral floors.

What To Watch - Stanford

Redemption In Nashville: Stanford has advanced to the Final Four five straight times entering last season, but were unable to make it six in a row as they fell to No. 4 seed Georgia in the Spokane Regional Semifinals. The loss in the Sweet 16 was their earliest exit since the 2006-07 season when they bowed out in the second round. They are making their 21st appearance in the Sweet 16 and own a record of 16-4 in their previous 20 appearances.

Topping the Charts: Chiney Ogwumike has posted 24 double-doubles this season and been the leading scorer for the Cardinal 32 times. She currently owns the Stanford single season scoring record with 902 points this season and is the career scoring (2,673) and rebounding (1,532) leader for the Cardinal. The senior is also the only player in Stanford history to average a double-double for her career, pulling down 10.8 rebounds and scoring 18.8 points per game in her career.

Texas Two Step: Stanford's three leading scorers this season all hail from the state of Texas. Ogwumike (26.6 ppg) is from Cypress, junior Amber Orrange (9.8 ppg) prepped in Houston and Lili Thompson (8.1 ppg) is a native of Mansfield. Overall, the Cardinal has four players on their roster that hail from the Lone Star State, which is bested only by their six players from California. Four of their five starters are from outside the borders of The Golden State, with the trio of Texans and Ohio native Mikaela Ruef joining Sara James (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) in the starting five.



Confidence at a High for Lady Lions Freshmen

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Mitchell-Kaliyah (2).jpeg UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - When you arrive on a college campus as a freshman there are a lot of things that you have to adjust to: new classes, being on your own for the first time, and interacting with a new, diverse group of people. There's a learning curve and it was no different for the Penn State women's basketball freshman class.

The group of six rookies arrived on campus in late August and began preparing for college life and college basketball. They've come a long way since that day and will suit up for a Sweet 16 matchup today in Palo Alto, Calif. against the No. 2-seeded Stanford Cardinal.

Even though the senior class accounts for a large chunk of the scoring and rebounding numbers, this group has made an impact in 2013-14. That impact has grown as the season's progressed and head coach Coquese Washington has noticed.

"Our freshmen have certainly improved over the course of the season," said Washington. "They're learning what their roles are and learning how to perform those roles night in and night out. Certainly, I think Peyton Whitted and Kaliyah Mitchell have really embraced being impact players off the bench."

Coming out of high school, all of them were ranked among the top prospects in the country and were the top players on their high school teams, which helped Penn State bring in the No. 6 recruiting class in the country.

Making the transition from the high school standout to the college game is tough enough, but cracking the starting five in a program that was led by a core group of seniors makes it a little tougher.

"Transitioning from high school to college was difficult," said Whitted. "The competition is better and the game is faster. In college, you have to take in a lot more information and learn a new system, but I feel like now we have all made a complete transition and we are starting to really fill our roles and know what we need to do."

Those roles Whitted alluded to have really taken shape over the last 19 games.

Mitchell and Whitted have both been key contributors off the bench for the Lady Lions, appearing in 31 and 30 games, respectively, and their growing confidence has led to more minutes for the duo.

Since Big Ten play started, Mitchell and Whitted have seen an increase in court time and that has helped alleviate some of the minutes that those four seniors had logged earlier in the season.

Mitchell played 16.9 minutes per game in the non-conference schedule and is averaging 17.3 since Big Ten play started, including 21.7 minutes a game in the postseason. For Whitted, it was 9.8 minutes in the non-conference and that grew to 11.6 minutes during the Big Ten slate and 12.3 minutes in the postseason.

"I think getting our confidence level up has been huge," said Mitchell. "As the games have passed, we continue to see that we can [contribute] in a lot of ways. We [the freshmen] have improved on our communication and that has helped us contribute more. Every game we get more comfortable with the game plan and understand what we have to do to help this team win."

Mitchell was big for the Nittany Lions in their second round win over Florida. She logged a season-high 25 minutes and contributed eight points, seven rebounds, two assists and four steals.

It was Whitted that stood out in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament vs. Wichita State. She played 22 minutes - her second highest total of the season - and scored four points on two-of-three shooting and grabbed five rebounds, including three on the offensive glass.

The freshmen are now more assertive and consistent with their game and that has helped them weave into the fabric of a veteran team.

"I think their confidence and aggressiveness have grown tremendously," said assistant coach Fred Chmiel. "They've done a good job of learning the system and they are starting to get more comfortable with what is happening on the court.

"They've also done a great job of learning to play with their teammates. Those four seniors have played together for a long time and now you throw a big group of freshen into mix and it takes time for them to build chemistry, but they've grown into a good cohesive unit now."

With more confidence comes more playing time and that leads to a better understanding of how one another will react on the court. Now this team of experience and youth will take to the court and look to advance to the Elite 8 with a win over the Cardinal.

However it ends up today in Maples Pavilion, this group of freshmen can only benefit from this appearance in the Sweet 16 and it can only help them as they move forward in their careers.


PHOTO BLOG - Lady Lions Sweet 16 Trip to Stanford

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PALO ALTO, Calif. - Check out some of the sights during Penn State's trip to California for the Sweet 16. The Lady Lions take on Stanford Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

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VIDEO: NCAA Tournament Scouting Report - Stanford

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PALO ALTO, Calif. - caught up with assistant coach Fred Chmiel following Saturday's practice at Stanford for a scouting report on the second-seeded Cardinal.  The Lady Lions meet Stanford on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. (ESPN2) in Maples Pavilion.

VIDEO: NCAA Practice Day Interviews at Stanford

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PALO ALTO, Calif. - The Lady Lion basketball team participated in NCAA practice and press conference in Maples Pavilion at Stanford on Saturday afternoon.  Third-seeded Penn State takes on second-seeded Stanford on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2).

The Lions met the media prior to a 90-minute practice on the NCAA hardwood in Maples Pavilion.  Check out some sights and sounds from practice and hear from a number of Lady Lions as the team prepares for the Cardinal.

2014 NCAA Tournament Headquarters

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Throughout the 2014 NCAA Tournament you can follow along with all of the happenings and latest news here in the Tournament Headquarters as the Lady Lions continue their quest for the programs second trip to the Women's Final Four.

The blog team will keep you up-to-date with continued coverage of the team from opening round matchup with Wichita State through the end of their stay in 2014 NCAA Tournament.

Check back often as the coverage is updated.

Wednesday, March 19       Feature Story  |  First Round Game Notes
Friday, March 21                
Feature Story

Saturday, March 22           Feature Story
Sunday, March 23            
What to Watch  |  In-Game Blog  |  Game Recap
VIDEO: Postgame Locker Room  |  VIDEO: Postgame Press Conference
Monday, March 24           
Feature Story  |  VIDEO: Practice Day Players
VIDEO: Penn State Press ConferenceVIDEO: Florida Press Conference

Tuesday, March 25          
Feature Story  |  What to Watch  |  In-Game Blog  |  Game Recap
VIDEO: Inside the Locker Room  |  VIDEO: Penn State Postgame
VIDEO: Florida Postgame

Sweet 16 Photo Blog

Thursday, March 27         
Feature Story  |  VIDEO: Lady Lions Travel Day
Friday, March 28              Feature Story  |  VIDEO: Practice Sights and Sound
Saturday, March 29          Feature Story  | 
VIDEO: Scouting Report
VIDEO: Practice Day Interviews  |  VIDEO: Strength Coach Brad Pantall
Sunday, March 30            What to Watch  |  VIDEO: Lady Lions Head to Stanford  |  In-Game Blog
                                         Postgame Feature Story  |  VIDEO: Inside the Locker Room


VIDEO: Sights and Sounds from NCAA Practice Day in Santa Clara

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Lady Lion basketball team spent its first full day in California on Friday to prepare for Sunday's Sweet 16 matchup against Stanford (4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2).

Penn State practiced inside The Leavey Center on the campus of Santa Clara Friday afternoon.  The Lions will participate in a preview press conference and practice on site at Maples Pavilion on Saturday.  Take a look inside some sights and sounds from Santa Clara and hear from senior Maggie Lucas.