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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
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
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
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.
By Mike Esse, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff
PARK, Pa. - As Penn State Lady Lion basketball has returned to national
recognition, a lot of focus has been on the job Coquese Washington has done
during her seven-year tenure.
Washington's name has vaulted into the group of up-and-coming college head coaches
over the past two season and some current elite women's basketball coaches
shared that sentiment earlier this year.
Notre Dame graduate began her collegiate head coaching career at Penn State in
2007 and has made three NCAA tournament appearances and won two regular season Big
Ten Conference championships in the past three years.
right on top of [her game]...she's the best young coach in the country," said
Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw. "When a couple coaches retire, I think
she's going to be the one [coach] that everyone looks to."
all starts with recruiting for Washington, who has had three top-20 recruiting
classes since 2008, including a top-10 ranked 2013 class. Washington has
recruited players specific to the program's need and has developed a diverse
group of stars during her time as head coach for the Blue and White.
Recruiting is where it all starts for elite programs according to legendary
Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma, who said Washington has done a tremendous
job in getting the right players to Penn State.
think Coquese has done a great job of recruiting to her style of play," he
said. "That's probably one of the reasons why fans love coming to their [Penn
State's] games. This is one of those places where you can be really successful and
create a lot of excitement and get a lot of people from the community
has done just that especially during the past three seasons that have ended in
NCAA tournament appearances. The annual "Pink Zone" game has attracted over
11,000 fans since 2011, including 14,173 in 2013.
has also become active in the community with "Coquese's Drive" which raised
over 18-thousand dollars for the Women's Resource Center in the sixth annual golf
those efforts with her leadership, development of players and results on the
court; it has been hard not to notice what the Penn State Lady Lion program has
become over the recent years.
are probably twenty schools in the country that people think are really, really
good and they're one of them," Auriemma said of Penn State.
besides building one of the top programs in America, Washington has been very
active in the women's basketball world as well. She currently resides as the
Vice President/President-Elect for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association
and is on the board of directors of the NCAA Women's Basketball Issues
work at Penn State and in the realm of women's basketball has led many current
coaches to believe Washington is the future of coaching in the sport.
knows what's good for the game of women's basketball," said McGraw. "She can
take her institutional hat off, which a lot of people can't do, and really
think about of what's good for women's basketball and what we need for growth
in the game.
is going to be the best coaches in the country... she's the best young coach in
the country right now. When a couple coaches retire, I think she's going to be
the one that everyone looks at to lead the game."
will enter her seventh Big Ten season on Jan. 5 at Iowa after the final non-conference
games of the season with Alcorn State Sunday, Dec. 22 and Hartford on Sunday, Dec.
Esse, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
PARK, Pa. - It was classic Lady Lion basketball on Sunday at the Bryce Jordan
Center on Sunday, Dec. 15 as Penn State hosted then-No. 20/24 Texas A&M.
The Lady Lions entered the contest ranked 12th in the NCAA and dominated the
glass in the second half, played stifling defense and watched their best
offensive scorer go to work in the scoring column culminating in a 66-58 win
over the Aggies.
State started off hot in the first half opening the game with a 12-0 run with
scoring from Lucas, Ariel Edwards and Dara Taylor. Texas A&M then found a
way to negate their 0-for-13 shooting start and made a run midway through to
half to take a 27-19 lead. The Lady Lions countered with an 11-1 run to take a
30-28 lead into the break.
second half was where things got rolling for Penn State and Lucas led the way
scoring nine of the first 11 points of the half. Lucas added 10 more points in
her 17-point second half and 27-point afternoon, guiding Penn State past a
tough Aggie team.
thought she got some pretty good looks," said Penn State head coach Coquese
Washington. "Maggie [Lucas] picked up the load. She made some really good shots
and she made some tough shots. She did a good job reading the defense to figure
out where her openings were going to be."
Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair, Lucas' performance was no surprise. The
11th year head coach spoke highly of Lucas in the postgame press conference and
even said he used her as an example to his players before the game.
told my kids before shoot around, I said 'Watch'," Blair said referencing
Lucas. "An hour and thirty minutes before the game, Maggie Lucas was on the
floor shooting. That's what the great ones do. The good ones talk about it, the
great ones find the gym and get their mojo working."
mojo was working, especially in the second half. She didn't do it alone though,
as the Penn State rebounding attack improved greatly in the final 20 minutes of
play. Texas A&M tallied just three offensive rebounds in the half, compared
to 13 in the first half.
Talia East in foul trouble, Tori Waldner and Edwards combined for eight of Penn
State's 16 defensive rebounds shutting Texas A&M out of any second-chance
opportunities. Because of the zone Washington uses, defensive rebounding can be
hard to come by because of the gaps it creates, but she has stressed her team
has to find a way to counter that and she thought they did a good job of doing
so in the second half.
takes the team a while to figure out where the rebounds were going to come from
and how people are crashing the boards during a game," said Washington. "I thought the second half we did a much
better job of rebounding out of the zone. Tori [Waldner], in particular, just
did a much better job of attacking the backboard."
strong second half led to the win against Texas A&M Sunday, but still has
Washington searching for a complete two-halve performance with just two
non-conference games remaining before their Big Ten opener against Iowa on Jan.
However, Washington did say she thought the win Sunday was certainly a step in
the right direction.
did a better job today in putting two halves together but we aren't quite there
yet," she said. "That's the thing we have to do. I think the more experience we
get with this team and this unit playing together, that will come."
State hosts Alcorn State on Dec. 22 and Hartford on Dec. 29 to cap the 2013
non-conference season. Both games are at the Bryce Jordan Center.
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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.
GAME NOTES: Texas
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
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.
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 &
By Mike Esse, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff
PARK, Pa. - Two words: patience and dedication. Put those two together and you
get Lady Lion senior Talia East.
6-foot-3 forward from Philadelphia wasn't seeing the playing time she wanted in
her first two years due to injuries and veterans in front of her. In 2012-13,
East began to show flashes of the player she could be and now in her final year
in Happy Valley, she is a dominating force inside for the Lady Lions. Blossomed
first word, patience, has been the key for East. It took her more time than she
would have liked to crack the starting lineup on a consistent basis, but East
wouldn't have it any other way because she now understands her role on the
about understanding what the team needs from you," said East. "As soon as you
understand that and excel at your role, you're going to get a bigger role and then
you look up and you're starting on a top-10 team in the nation. It was just about
understanding my role and exceling at it.
East's emergence doesn't surprise her coaches and teammates because of the
amount of work she put in over the summer and over the past three years. Now,
she's averaging just over 20 minutes a game, 6.8 rebounds and 6.6 points per
game while shooting 52 percent from the floor, all drastic improvements from
one year ago.
offseason she put in a lot of work and she's a fun kid," said Washington. "Her teammates love her, her coaches love her
and I'm just happy that she's having the type of senior season she is having.
You want to end your career playing the best basketball you can and give
everything you have to the success of the team and she's doing that."
East said she is never satisfied with her play, she did admit it was exciting
to see all of her hard work pay off and her contributions be felt on the floor
as a senior captain. East's leadership has constantly been on display off the
court, but she has been the main leader in Penn State's games against two of
the top five teams in the country.
No. 1 Connecticut on Nov. 17, and against two of the better post players in the
country - Stefanie Dolson and Breanna Stewart - East thrived inside scoring
eight points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Similarly against No. 4 Notre Dame she
again dominated the post tallying a career-high 12 points, with four rebounds
and three blocks.
two performances continued to instill confidence in the senior and confirm how
big of a role she needs to have for her team. Washington cited that as the
biggest reason why East has been able to succeed in the non-conference season.
plays with the confidence and urgency that seniors play with," said Washington.
"She's really comfortable with who she is as a basketball player and what her
contributions to the team are. She's really figured out what her game is and
what her contributions are and she just brings [that mentality] every night."
East is playing is not only important to her and to the overall success of the
team, but also plays a big role in the development of the seven freshmen on the
Washington said East is the perfect player to watch and learn from about how to
be patient and grow into the player the team needs.
they [the freshmen] are paying attention," Washington said.
couple minutes with rookie post player Alex Harris, it is clear that they are.
Harris watches East every day in practice and thinks back to the fact that her
success didn't happen overnight. It was a long three year process that brought
East to this point in her career and Harris said that is a "very important
lesson" for herself and fellow freshman to learn.
sending a great message," said Harris. "It teaches us patience and shows that as
we go on [through our careers] we will get better. From her I have learned to
keep working and getting in the gym and from there you will get to your top
point like Talia is in her senior year.
many people have this type of opportunity and I'm grateful to be able to look
up to her and see where she is and how hard she worked to get to this point."
years ago East was saying those words about players like Nikki Greene, whom she
learned important lessons from, and now it is her turn to succeed and teach.
Nine games into the season it is safe to say her patience and dedication is
paying off and setting a great example for the younger players in the program.
State is back on the floor Sunday against No. 24 Texas A&M at 2 p.m. at the
Bryce Jordan Center.
By Tyler Feldman, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
PARK, Pa. - Temperatures were below zero last night in Brookings, S.D., but if
you were inside the appropriately named Frost Arena, you would have thought
there was a heat wave.
the Lady Lions and the South Dakota State Jackrabbits were lighting a fire all
over the hardwood yesterday evening, combining to score a total of 162 points.
being unable to complete the comeback and eventually losing, 83-79, in a
difficult road test, the Blue and White displayed tenacity by clawing back from
a 20-point first half deficit.
"What this really goes to show us is we
need to be more determined from the opening tip," said Penn State assistant
coach Kia Damon.
Jackrabbits seemed to always have an answer for every Lady Lions made basket in
the first half, especially from beyond the arc. The Jackrabbits shot an
astounding 50 percent from downtown in the first half (8-of-16), to go into the
locker room at the half leading, 55-35.
is no denying Penn State dug itself quite a hole in the first half, but when
the buzzer sounded and the second half commenced it seemed as if a spark had
been ignited within the Lady Lions.
was the play of some experienced veterans that energized Penn State in the
second half. Senior guard Dara Taylor scored 11 of her career-high 19 points in
the second frame to jumpstart the Lady Lions.
was not the only Lady Lion to spark the squad. Forward Ariel Edwards tied her
career-high with 24 points, including 16 second half points thanks to 7-of-8
[Taylor and Edwards] were the catalysts who were getting us going in
transition," said Damon. "We were able to use our speed and athleticism to get
some easy baskets; they led the charge in the second half."
Maggie Lucas naturally contributed on the offensive side of the ball by
tallying 20 points, 12 of which were netted in the second half. Lucas's offensive
efforts moved her up to 15th place on the Big Ten all-time career scoring list.
second half play of the Lady Lions is definitely the type of effort that
Coquese Washington and her coaching staff are looking for out of their team as
conference play approaches.
"We showed we are aggressive and
determined to move the ball in order to get good shot attempts," said Damon. "When
we do those things, we can be successful."
Considering the fact that since the
2011-12 season the Jackrabbits are now 29-4 in Frost Arena, escaping with just
a four point loss is to some extent permissible, but the Lady Lions are
determined to learn from their play in the first half to continue to grow into
a stronger team.
number one takeaway is we held South Dakota State to just 28 points in the
second half, but we gave up 55 points in the first half, and we had the same
defensive philosophy in both halves," said Damon. "We are capable of making
people have very long nights offensively, but we must start the game with that
kind of mindset."
PARK, Pa. - The Penn State women's basketball team (6-2) wrap up a two-game
road trip tonight (Dec. 11) inside Frost Arena in Brookings S.D. against South Dakota
State (6-4). The two teams will square off for the second straight season, with
tipoff slated for at 8 p.m.
NOTES: at South Dakota State
The Lady Lions bounced back from their 10-point loss to No. 5 Notre Dame with a
77-68 victory against Georgetown in Washington, D.C. on Sunday. Maggie Lucas
led the way with her sixth career 30-point effort, while Talia East (10), Ariel
Edwards (12) and Dara Taylor (12) all reached double figures, as well.
Something is going to have to give in this meeting, as Penn State is now 3-0
away from home this season, while South Dakota State is 4-0 at home. The Lady
Lions claimed a 60-50 decision at the Bryce Jordan Center last season in the
program only meeting.
What To Watch For - Penn State
Lucas Moving Up the Charts: Maggie
Lucas scored 30 points to lead all scorers and in the process moved into an
exclusive cast of Lady Lions. The senior netted her 2,000th career point at
Georgetown on Sunday with her sixth career 30-point effort and enters the
meeting with the Jackrabbits with 2,008 career points.
East is Moving North: Head coach
Coquese Washington said at her weekly press conference that senior Talia East
has "grown into her game." She went on to say that early in East's career she
may not have been as focused on herself as she was on what others were doing,
but claims that the senior has grown into her game this season. East is
averaging 7.4 points and is tied for first on the team with 6.8 rebounds per
Home for the Holidays: Penn State is
not looking past South Dakota State, but next up on the schedule will be a
three-game home stand that spans nearly three weeks. The Lady Lions will host
Texas A&M (12/15) and 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 2014.
To Watch For - South Dakota State
Tough at Home: The Jackrabbits
are 28-4 at home since the 2011-12 season and are a perfect 4-0 at Frost Arena
in 2013-14. Two of South Dakota State's losses have come in close fashion,
losing an overtime game to Marquette and a one-point decision to IUPUI during
the 2012-13 season.
A Common Link: South Dakota State and
Penn State have met one common opponent in 2013-14. Both squads have faced off
with Georgetown - each walking away victorious. South Dakota State also got
their last victory over a top-25 opponent vs. a Big Ten team, defeating
then-No. 15 Nebraska, 60-55, at Frost Arena on Nov. 18, 2012.
Long Rangers: South Dakota State leads
the Summit League and ranks 42nd nationally in three pointers made per game
(7.4). Eleven of 13 Jackrabbits have hit at least one three-pointer this season
Junior Megan Waytashek ranks sixth in the
Summit League in three-pointers made (17) and senior Tara Heiser is second in
three-point percentage (.500).
By Mike Esse, GoPSUsports.com
Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Maggie Lucas wasn't pleased with her performance
against No. 4 Notre Dame on Wednesday and put it behind her with ease in No.
10/11 Penn State's (6-2) 77-68 win at Georgetown (5-3) on Sunday.
The reigning Big Ten Player of the Year scored 30 points, shooting
10-for-21 from the field and 5-for-12 from downtown. The hot scoring night also
put Lucas in Penn State's exclusive 2,000-point club, becoming just the fifth
Lady Lion to do it.
Sunday was a drastic difference from her 1-for-8 night against the Fighting
Irish, but her coaches and teammates were far from surprised.
"We weren't too concerned (about Maggie)," said assistant coach Maren
Walseth. "She's a very focused player and knows what she needs to do to be
successful. Her and [assistant coach] Fred Chmiel were in the office watching
film and looking at the adjustments she needed to make and it paid off."
Lucas started off the game on an encouraging note, hitting two of her first
three shots, both of which came from long range, to get her confidence going from
the outset of the game.
The way Lucas came out firing Sunday was a positive for herself, but more
than likely even more important for the seven freshman Lady Lions to see their
senior leader respond well after a poor shooting night.
"It's good for the rest of the girls to see that you can have a bad game
and control your shot selection the next game and have 30 points," said
Walseth. "Her performance speaks more to her teammates and the younger players
than to our coaching staff."
After the loss to Notre Dame the focus for the mix of veteran and youthful
Lady Lions was executing the game plan laid out, no matter who the opponent may
With a lot of contributors early in their collegiate careers it's a little
different from last year when the game plan didn't have to be followed nearly verbatim
because of the experienced players on the floor. This year, Walseth says that
isn't the case.
"We have to execute the game plan and do what we are supposed to," she
said. "We can't freelance as much with young players. Executing the game plan
is much more important with young kids."
Having Lucas as her usual self - a reliable scoring threat - makes that easier
"Whether she likes it or not, everybody feeds off of Maggie," the seventh
year assistant said. "When she is playing relaxed, under control and confident,
her teammates pick it up. She was able to do that today and others were able to
pick [the intensity] up."
Three other Lady Lions were in double figures, supplementing Lucas'
30-point night. Dara Taylor and Ariel Edwards each chipped in 10 points, while
Talia East added 10 points vs. the Hoyas.
The added scoring is something Coquese Washington and the coaching staff has
been looking for all season long on a consistent basis. Lucas' scoring effort
certainly showed that if more focus is put on her, she has capable teammates to
make opponents pay.
"When Maggie can come back and fill her role [as a scoring threat] it makes
it easier for everyone else. They know what to expect and are able to execute
and fill their roles better when Maggie is scoring," Walseth said.
Penn State returns to the road Wednesday against South Dakota State before
welcoming 2010-11 NCAA Champion Texas A&M to the Bryce Jordan Center on
Sunday at 2 p.m.
PARK, Pa. - The Penn State women's basketball team will hit the road for their
first true road contest of the season when they head to McDonough Arena in
Washington, D.C. on Sunday (Dec. 8) to face Georgetown at 2 p.m. The Lady Lions
will be facing the Hoyas for the second straight season.
GAME NOTES: at
The Lady Lions suffered another narrow loss to a top-five team on Wednesday,
when Notre Dame claimed a 77-67 victory at the Bryce Jordan Center, but you can
start to see a young supporting cast that is beginning to catch up with the
Penn State is 2-0 away from home this season,
winning the Junkanoo Jam with victories over Oregon State, 61-56, and Illinois
State, 72-60, on a neutral court in Freeport, Bahamas. Maggie Lucas was the
Junkanoo Jam MVP and Dara Taylor was also selected to the All-Tournament Team.
What To Watch For - Penn State
Lucas on the Rebound: Maggie
Lucas continues to lead the Lady Lions with 20.0 points per game, despite
netting just seven points vs. Notre Dame. It was the seniors lowest scoring
output since she tallied seven points on Jan. 22, 2012 vs. Iowa. However, the
senior did extend her streak of games with a three-point basket to 41 games
when she knocked down a three pointer late in the second half vs. Notre Dame.
The Rookies: Penn State knew it would
need contributions from their freshmen this season, but a pair of rookies have
stood out as major players on the court in the early going. Alex Harris and
Kaliyah Mitchell have both been big off the bench for head coach Coquese Washington.
Harris is averaging a team-best 7.3 rebounds per contest and swatting nine
shots in seven games. Mitchell ranks fifth on the team in scoring - 6.6 points
per game - and is a force on the glass with five rebounds per game.
Good After a Loss: 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. The Lady Lions have followed up a loss with a
win on 16 straight occasions.
To Watch For - Georgetown
Off to a Fast Start: The
Hoyas won the Great Alaskan shootout, defeating Nicholls State, 67-50, and host
Alaska-Anchorage, 92-78, and improved to 5-2 after defeating George Washington,
78-57, on Tuesday (Dec. 3) at McDonough Arena. The Hoyas started the season
1-2, dropping back-to-back games at South Dakota State and vs. Cal, before
winning four straight to enter today's contest.
The Butler Did It: Georgetown is led
by freshman center Natalie Butler, who enters the game averaging a
double-double, scoring 16.4 points per game and averaging 12.7 rebounds a
contest. She has added 12 blocks and 17 assists to her totals this season, as
Three Pronged Attack: Butler is not
the only scoring threat the Georgetown will put on the court today, as two
other Hoyas are putting up 10-plus points per game. Senior forward Andrea White
is second on the team with 14.1 points per game - shooting nearly 60 percent
from the field. Sophomore guard Katie McCormick is a three-point threat and
averages 12.6 points per game with 2.7 three pointers made per game.