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March 1, 2015
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. - Senior Tori Waldner (Milton, Ga.) made the most of her final game in the blue and white - albeit wearing pink and blue in honor of Pink Zone - by scoring 12 points in the Penn State Lady Lions' (6-23, 3-15) 62-56 loss to Wisconsin (9-19, 5-13) on Sunday afternoon inside of a pinked-out Bryce Jordan Center.
The Lady Lions had 730 breast cancer survivors registered, but due to inclement weather only had 657 survivors on hand to be honored at halftime. The preliminary fundraising total for this year's Pink Zone is $169,525, which does not include donations from the gameday silent auction, single-game ticket sales, t-shirt sales or the CharityBuzz.com online auction.
The Badgers led by 16 points with 1:35 to play in the first half, but a 25-9 run over 12 minutes allowed the Lady Lions to knot the score at 45-45 with 9:27 to play in the game. Waldner converted a layup off of an assist from Sierra Moore (Hanover, Pa.) to knot the score, but Wisconsin scored eight straight points to grab the momentum and eventually the victory.
Moore posted her third career double-double with a team-best 17 points and a career-high 14 rebounds, while handing out four assists to tie for the team lead. She is the second Lady Lion to lead the team in points, rebounds and assists this season (Lindsey Spann; vs. Michigan State) and posted her 11th game of the year with at least 10 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Eleven of Moore's 17 points came in the second half, with the sophomore adding eight rebounds and three assists over the final 20 minutes. She logged 38 minutes in the game for her 14th game this season playing at least 37 minutes.
Waldner shook off the emotions of Senior Day to score 12 points, including the first basket of the game, to go along with four rebounds and two steals. She connected on 6-of-9 shots from the field on her way to her third double-digit scoring performance in her last four games.
Fellow senior Molly Dincher (Williamsport, Pa.) also saw some game action, as the walk-on played in her third contest of the season.
A trio of sophomores also had nice contributions for Penn State. Peyton Whitted (Suwanee, Ga.) pulled down her 200th career rebound with her first board of the contest and ended the day with four points and five rebounds. Kaliyah Mitchell (Stone Mountain, Ga.) tied her career-high with four assists and chipped in eight points and six rebounds, while Jenny DeGraaf (Springboro, Ohio) scored nine points and contributed seven rebounds.
Wisconsin's Nicole Bauman scored a game-high 22 points, including six three-pointers, and Tessa Cichy added 19 for the Badgers.
Wisconsin opened up an early edge thanks to the three point shot, as Bauman connected on a pair of triples to help the Badgers build a 9-4 edge. Penn State used a 6-0 run to capture a 10-9 lead, with baskets coming from Waldner, Mitchell and Moore, with 13:00 left in the first half.
The one-point Lady Lion didn't last long as the Badgers scored the next six points and outscored PSU 24-10 over the next 11:30 of the half to open up a 16 point lead with 1:35 to play. The Blue and White closed the half on a 6-0 run to make it a 10 point game at the break, 36-26.
Penn State opened the second half on an 11-2 run to trim the Wisconsin lead to just one point, 38-37, with 14:37 to play. The Badgers pushed their lead back to six points, 45-39, but Moore scored a pair of baskets and assisted on a Waldner layup to knot the score at 45-45 with 9:27 to play in the contest.
The Badgers responded with an 8-0 run over the next three minutes to make it 53-45 in favor of the visitors and the Lady Lions would get no closer than four points the rest of the game in the 62-56 loss.
The 2014-15 Penn State Lady Lion Basketball season is presented by Kish Travel and Kish Insurance. The Lady Lions head to the Big Ten Tournament at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. The tournament runs from Wednesday, March 4 through Sunday, March 8, with No. 13 seed Penn State facing No. 12 seed Indiana at 6 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 4. The game will be available for a fee on BTN Plus.
Lady Lion Basketball single-game are available by calling 1-800-NITTANY. Single-game tickets range from $10-17 for adults and seniors and $5-11 for youth (12 and younger). The PNC Flex Books are $120 and give fans 12 vouchers, 10 that can be redeemed in any combination for Nittany Lion and Lady Lion Basketball tickets throughout the year and two extra vouchers for the Nittany Lions' Coaches Vs. Cancer game and the Lady Lions' Pink Zone game.
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