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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Trailing by 10 with 7:48 left to play, junior Teniya Page (Chicago, Ill.) took over the tempo of the game, netting 14 points, grabbing five rebounds and adding one assist in just over five minutes to propel Penn State women's basketball to a 65-60 victory over Fordham on Wednesday (Dec. 6) inside the Bryce Jordan Center.
Page led the Lady Lions with 27 points, notching her 57th career double-figure scoring game and 23rd career 20-point effort. Page passed Jess Brungo (1,142; 2001-04) and Lisa Faloon (1,162; 1984-87) on the all-time Penn State scoring charts with her effort, moving into No. 27 with 1,165 career points.
The junior paced the Blue and White in rebounds (8) and assists (5), while junior Jaylen Williams (Easton, Mass.) posted her eight game this season with multiple blocked shots, swatting three Fordham attempts, with two coming in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.
Sophomore Amari Carter (Washington, D.C.) added 19 points to reach double-digits for the eighth time this season -- 17th time in her career. With her 19 points, Carter pushed her career total to 414 tallies.
As a team, Penn State shot 56 percent from the floor and 93 percent from the free throw stripe. The Lady Lions knocked down 24-of-43 shots on the night and connected on 14-of-15 attempts from the charity stripe.
Five Fordham student-athletes notched double-figure scoring effort as Lauren Holden led her team with 14 points. Two Fordham players notched double-doubles with Mary Goulding scoring 13 points and pulling down 11 rebounds, while G'mrice Davis added 12 points and had 13 rebounds for the Rams. The other double-digit scorers were Kendell Heremaia with 11 points and Bre Cavanaugh with 10 points.
With 5:31 left in the fourth quarter
The Lady Lions began a 19-6 run to end the contest with Page netting 14 of those points, including seven-straight to put Penn State up by four, 61-57, with 34 seconds left on the clock.
- G Teniya Page -- Led all scorers with 27 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while scoring 14 points in the fourth quarter.
- G Amari Carter -- Scored 19 points including one 3-pointer.
- G Jaida Travascio-Green -- Contributed six points to the team's efforts.
- F Jaylen Williams -- Scored four points and had three blocks in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter.
- Final Run:Penn State went on a 19-6 run in the fourth quarter to earn the five-point win.
- G Lauren Holden -- Scored 14 points including four 3-pointers.
- F Mary Goulding -- Contributed 13 points, brought down 11 rebounds and handed out five assists.
- F G'mrice Davis -- Scored 12 points and had 13 rebounds.
- G Kendell Heremaia -- Added 11 points and had 4 rebounds.
- Board Battle: Fordham owned a 39-23 edge on the boards, including 22 offensive rebounds, which led to 23 second chance points.
Fordham won the tip and opened the scoring with a 3-pointer before Carter responded with a jumper on the Lady Lion's next trip down the floor. An 8-2 run late in the quarter built Fordham a nine-point lead, but a Page jumper and Siyeh Frazier (Detroit, Mich.) 3-pointer closed the half and Fordham carried a 20-16 lead into the first break.
Fordham 20, at Penn State 16
The two teams exchanged points for most of the quarter, helping Fordham hold a slight edge for most of the frame. The Rams hit back-to-back 3-pointers to build its largest lead of the quarter at eight points, 34-26, but Carter again got Penn State back within two scores on a jumper with under 30 seconds left in the half. Neither team could muster points in their last possessions, enabling Fordham to take the lead into the break, 34-28.
Fordham 34, at Penn State 28
Much like the second quarter, the team team's traded baskets during the third quarter, as Fordham maintained its lead by answering each Lady Lion basket. Page's jumper with 41 seconds to play in the quarter trimmed the Rams lead to 49-42 heading into the final quarter.
Fordham 49, at Penn State 42
Fordham worked its lead to a game-high 10 with 7:48 left in the contest before Page scored five-straight points to pull the Blue and White within five, 54-49, on an and-1 driving layup and free throw.
Holden dropped a trey on the Rams next trip down the floor but Carter would score five-straight points of her own -- including a 3-pointer on an assist from Page - to cut the Fordham lead to just three points with 2:47 to play.
A Page layup with two minutes left trimmed the lead to one and forced a Ram timeout, but the timeout would prove to be in vain as Page hit a driving layup with 1:32 to play, pushing Penn State into the lead for the first time in the contest, 58-57.
In the closing minutes, the Lady Lions added two free throws from Travascio-Green and Page to build a 65-57 lead, while Williams swatted a pair of shots with under 30 seconds to play to help the Lady Lions fend off a Ram comeback attempt. Goulding would make one final three to account for the final tally.
at Penn State 65, Fordham 60
Penn State travels to Olean, New York on Saturday, Dec. 9 to play St. Bonaventure at 7 p.m. Fans who cannot make it to the game can catch all the action live on the airwaves of the Penn State Radio Network.