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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. January 27, 2006 - Fresh off a convincing win over Iowa on Thursday, Penn State will look to keep its momentum strong as it heads to Minneapolis for a 6 p.m. ET clash with Minnesota on Sunday.
Fans can listen to the game on the Penn State Sports Network and at GoPSUsports.com, where a link to live stats will also be available.
Penn State, which will be playing its fourth road contest in five games, improved to 9-10, 3-5 after its 72-61 defeat of Iowa on Thursday. The Lady Lions are 19-3 all-time vs. the Gophers since the teams began playing in 1992. Penn State and Minnesota met just one time last year, with Penn State coming out on top in University Park. The Lady Lions are 8-3 all-time vs. Minnesota in Minneapolis, but have lost their last two contests in Williams Arena. Penn State's last win there came in 2001.
Penn State has been playing well lately, setting several team season-high marks in the last two games. The Lady Lions shot a season-best 55 percent on Thursday vs. Iowa after scoring a year-best 91 points at Northwestern on Sunday. The team has been particularly strong on the boards. Penn State has steadily moved up the conference rebounding rankings over the past several weeks. Just earlier this month the team ranked near the bottom in every rebounding category. Now the team ranks among the conference best.
The Lady Lions have three players averaging double-digit scoring figures, led by Kam Gissendanner (Clairton, Pa.) who is netting 16.1 ppg. Amanda Brown (Kennett Square, Pa.) is putting up 15.3 ppg while Adrienne Squire (Indianapolis, Ind.) is averaging 11.7 ppg. Brown tops the team in the rebounding category, pulling down 7.2 per game while Squire is second on the team with 4.6 per game. Freshman Brianne O'Rourke (Pittsburgh, Pa.) leads the team and Big Ten in assists with 5.2 per game.
O'Rourke is just one assist shy of the century mark in her young career. The freshman point guard has played well above her years this season. Not only is she leading the entire league in assists, but she is also the only freshman to rank in the top 15 of that category. She also ranks 15th in steals, and 7th in assist to turnover ratio. In both categories she is also the only freshman to rank among the Big Ten leaders.
Minnesota (14-4, 6-1) is in third place in the Big Ten. The Gophers' lone conference loss was a double-overtime heartbreaker to Purdue on Jan. 12. Minnesota has knocked off several top 25 teams this year, including Stanford and Michigan State. The Gophers are led by Jamie Broback who is averaging 13.3 ppg and Liz Podominick, who is chipping in 10.4 ppg. The two also lead the team on the boards, pulling down 7.3 and 6.2 rpg, respectively. As a team Minnesota ranks third in the league in scoring offense (70.8 ppg), and is the Big Ten's best 3-point shooting team (.372).
Sunday's game marks the fourth time in five games that Penn State will play on the road. The Lady Lions do get a reprieve, however, and are home all next week. First the team squares off against Michigan at 7 p.m. on Thursday and then takes on rival Purdue at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Both games are "white-outs" and Penn State fans should wear white to support the Lady Lions and show their Penn State pride.
Single games tickets for the Lady Lions are still available. Tickets can be purchased at the Bryce Jordan Center ticket windows weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fans can also get tickets by calling 800-863-3336 or 865-5555 locally or visit www.GoPSUsports.com, the official website of Penn State Athletics. Tickets are also available by visiting the Downtown Ticket Center, Eisenhower Auditorium, and at the HUB ticket booth at the information desk. For groups of 10 or more, ticket discounts and preferred seating options are available by calling (814)863-6757.
Fans interested in buying all-session tickets for the NCAA First and Second Round Games at the Bryce Jordan Center on March 18 and 21 should contact the Penn State ticket office at 1-800-863-3336 or 814-865-5555. All-session tickets will gain the bearer entry to all three sessions. Adult all-session tickets for the six-game, two-day event are available for $42. Penn State students, youth under 18 and senior citizens (60 or above) can purchase tickets for only $18. Fans may also purchase tickets by downloading a ticket brochure and returning the adjoining application to the Penn State ticket office at the address provided. The brochure, and additional information on the NCAA Tournament Games at the Bryce Jordan Center are available online at http://www.gopsusports.com/BasketballW/NCAATourney/
Big Ten Tournament tickets are on sale now as well. To get tickets now, Penn State fans can go through the Penn State box office. Fans can also buy all-session tickets through Ticketmaster for $55 at all Ticketmaster outlets, including the Conseco Fieldhouse box office, Ticketmaster charge-by-phone numbers (570) 693-4100 in central Pennsylvania) or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com.
For group ticket information and a group order form, contact Justin Hirnisey of Indiana Sports Corporation at (317) 237-5026 or firstname.lastname@example.org.