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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Penn State women's basketball team opened the game on an 8-0 run and never looked back, taking a decisive 78-46 victory over Manhattan at the Bryce Jordan Center Sunday, Dec. 3.
Penn State scored its most points in any opening frame this season at 26 and held Manhattan to just 22 points in the second half to post the 32-point victory. The margin of victory is the largest since a 36-point win at Holy Cross on Dec. 7, 2017.
For the second game this season, five Lady Lions had double-figure scoring efforts. Sophomore Amari Carter (Washington, D.C.) led Penn State with 16 points and freshman Kamaria McDaniel (Inkster, Mich.) netted 14 points, including two 3-pointers. Sophomores Jaida Travascio-Green (Lisle, Ill.) and Siyeh Frazier (Detroit, Mich.) each chipped in 13 points and junior Jaylen Williams (Easton, Mass.) tallied 12 for her third career double-digit scoring effort.
Junior Teniya Page (Chicago, Ill.) led the way with five assists, which give her 247 for her career and tie her with Sue Martin (1977-80) for No.19 on Penn State's career assist charts. With seven points in the game, Page also moved past Martin (1,135; 1977-80) and Nikki Greene (1,132; 2010-13) for No. 29 on the career scoring list.
For the second-straight game, Penn State forced 20-or-more turnovers pressuring Manhattan into 21 miscues and marking the fourth time in the 2017-18 season the Blue and White forced 20-or-more turnovers in a game. The Lady Lions scored 27 points off of Manhattan turnovers and added 18 fast break points on the afternoon.
Senior Taylor Williams led the Jaspers with 10 points including two 3-pointers and eight rebounds. Kayla Grimme added eight points for her team and the Manhattan bench contributed 20 points to the Jasper's score line.
With 9:44 left in the first quarter
One minute into the first quarter, Penn State went on an 8-0 run and held onto the lead for the entire game against Manhattan. The team scored a season-best 26 points in the opening quarter.
- G Amari Carter -- Led all scorers with 16 points hitting two 3-pointers. Added four steals, giving her nine-straight games with multiple steals.
- G Kamaria McDaniel -- Scored 14 points and added two steals.
- G Jaida Travascio Green -- Contributed 13 points, including two 3-pointers.
- G Teniya Page -- Led the team with five assists and added three steals. Scored seven points.
- Pressure D -- Penn State forced Manhattan into 21 miscues, its fourth game this season forcing 20-or-more turnovers. Of the 21 turnovers, 13 of those came via the steal.
- G Taylor Williams -- Scored 10 points with two 3-pointers, while adding eight rebounds.
- C Kayla Grimme -- Contributed eight points and three rebounds.
- Bench Points -- The Jasper's bench netted 20 of the team's 46 points.
Carter won the tip and opened the scoring for the Lady Lions just 15-seconds into the game with a pull-up jumper on the right side of the floor to spark an 8-0 run to open the game. Penn State and Manhattan buckets, but the Lady Lions built a 15-point lead after the first 10 minutes of play. Frazier led the scoring for the Blue and White with six of Penn State's season-high 26 points in an opening frame.
at Penn State 26, Manhattan 11
McDaniel and Carter contributed to the team's efforts early with back-to-back 3-pointers and Penn State continued its scoring, building a 40-17 lead with 5:21 to play in the half. The Jaspers scored the final six points of the half and the teams headed to the break with Penn State leading by 16.
at Penn State 40, Manhattan 24
Penn State came out of the locker room with five-straight points and both teams continued to score up and down the court throughout the quarter. Manhattan notched 13 points in the quarter, but Penn State was able to extend its lead thanks to 61 percent shooting (8-of-13) in the frame. The Lady Lions expanded their lead to 62-37 going into the final quarter of play.
at Penn State 62, Manhattan 37
The Lady Lions held the Jaspers scoreless for the final three minutes, allowing the Blue and White to take a 78-46 victory and improve to 5-0 at home.
at Penn State 78, Manhattan 46
The Lady Lions will welcome Fordham to the Bryce Jordan Center on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. The contest will be shown live on the Big Ten Network and on the Penn State Radio Network.