No. 8/9 Lady Lions Visit Indiana Thursday
Feb. 5, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. - The #8/9 Penn State Lady Lions (18-3, 8-1 Big Ten) continue their busy week with a road trip to Indiana (10-12, 1-8) on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The game will air live on the Big Ten Network with Lisa Byington (play-by-play), Mary Murphy (color) and Rob Blackman (sideline) describing play. Penn State is 28-9 all-time against the Hoosiers but is just 9-6 in games played in Bloomington.
TV: The game will air live on the Big Ten Network with Lisa Byington (play-by-play), Mary Murphy (color) and Rob Blackman (sideline) describing play.
RADIO/LIVE STATS: The game is on WRSC 1390 locally with Jerry Fisher and Brian Tripp calling the action. A link to the audio feed and GameTracker are available at www.GoPSUsports.com.
LAST TIME OUT: The Lady Lions used a key 10-0 run in the final stages of the game to knock off #13/11 Purdue by a count of 69-61 on Monday. Junior Maggie Lucas led all Penn State scorers with 17 points to go along with six rebounds and three steals, while senior Alex Bentley added 13 points. The backcourt duo each eclipsed the 1,600-point mark for their careers, becoming just the 10th and 11th Penn State players ever to accomplish the feat. Mia Nickson scored 11 points to go with four rebounds and three steals in the win.
SCOUTING INDIANA: The Hoosiers are 10-12 overall and 1-8 in Big Ten play. Aulani Sinclair leads the Indiana offense with a 16.6 scoring average to go along with 4.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists per outing. Jasmine McGhee adds 11.7 points and a team-best 6.0 rebounds per game for the Hoosiers.
ALL-TIME VS. THE HOOSIERS: The Lady Lions are 28-9 all-time against Indiana, but are just 6-6 in their last games against the Hoosiers. Penn State is 9-6 in games played in Bloomington, but came away with an 80-77 win on the last trip (Feb. 13, 2011). The teams played only once last season with the Lions earning the 76-44 win on Feb. 2, 2012.
LAST TIME VS. INDIANA: The Lady Lions secured a convincing 76-44 victory against Indiana on Feb. 2, 2012 as three Lady Lions posted double-digit points, lead by Maggie Lucas' 24 points. Lucas also added two rebounds, two steals and tied her career high with a pair of blocks. Nikki Greene was 7-for-12 from the field to finish with 17 points and six rebounds, while Gizelle Studevent tied her career-high with 10 after hitting five of her six shot attempts.
PICKING UP Ws IN THE BJC: With the win over Purdue Feb. 4, the Lady Lions extended their home court winning streak to 17 games, which is the fourth-longest active streak in NCAA Division I and the seventh-longest streak in school history. The Lady Lions last lost at home Jan. 7, 2012 to Michigan State.
GREENE HAULS IN #900: Senior center Nikki Greene became the sixth player in school history to grab 900 career rebounds with nine caroms against Purdue on Feb. 4. Greene joins the likes of Kahadeejah Herbert, Susan Robinson, Andrea Garner, Vicki Link and Angie Potthoff as the other Lady Lions to eclipse the 900-rebound mark. Greene becomes just the second Lady Lion in school history with 1,000 points, 900 rebounds and 100 blocks. Garner was the only other Lion to accomplish that feat (1,619 pts., 1,016 rebs., 185 blks.).
THEFT BY A BENTLEY: With one steal against Purdue on Feb. 4, senior guard Alex Bentley moved into a tie for fourth place on Penn State's all-time steals chart, tying Tina Nicholson (293; 1993-96). Bentley has 310 career thefts and needs 17 steals to tie Jess Strom (310; 2002-05) for third place all-time.
VERSUS RANKED FOES: With a 69-61 win over Purdue on Feb. 4, Penn State earned its third-straight win over a ranked opponent this season. Additionally, the Lady Lions improved to 4-1 versus ranked foes this season.
LUCAS ADDS NAME TO SEASON THREES CHART (AGAIN): With one three-pointer against Purdue on Feb. 4, junior guard Maggie Lucas moved into the Top 10 on Penn State's single-season three-pointers list (63), tying Zhaque Gray for 10th spot. Lucas is on the list for the third time in her career, joining Kelly Mazzante as the only players on the list three or more times. Lucas owns the school record for triples in a season with 112 as a freshman in 2010-11. Lucas needs two three-pointers to tie Kelly Mazzante (65; 2000-01) for ninth place and four triples to equal Lisa Shepherd (67; 1998-99) for eighth spot.
LUCAS CLIMBS INTO TOP 10 ON ALL-TIME SCORING LIST: Junior Maggie Lucas moved into sole possession of 10th place Penn State's career scoring list with her 17-point performance versus Purdue on Feb. 4. The 17 tallies push Lucas past teammate Alex Bentley (1,605) for the 10th spot. Lucas' career total is now at 1,609 points and she needs 10 points to tie Andrea Garner (1,619; 1997-00) for ninth place.
GREENE GAINS SCORING SPOT: Senior center Nikki Greene moved into a tie for 34th place on Penn State's career scoring charts with six points against Purdue on Feb. 4. Greene now has 1,022 career tallies and is tied with Helen Holloway (1,022; 1991-94) for 34th spot. Greene needs two markers to tie Rashana Barnes (1,024; 1999-02) to for 33rd place.
The Lady Lions come back to the BJC to face Michigan State on Sunday. The Lions will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day with a pregame NGWSD clinic hosted by several of the Penn State women's teams in the basketball practice facility. There will also be a postgame autograph session on the concourse with the entire Lady Lion Basketball team. Fans are also encouraged to wear white for the Michigan State game. Additionally, the first 2,000 fans will receive an Alex Bentley Wind-Up Walker, the fourth in the series of five. Go to www.GoPSUsports.com/promotions/wbb.html for complete promotions information.
Single game tickets for the Lady Lions are on sale. Tickets are $15 and $12 for adults and seniors and $9 and $7 for youth (12 and younger). The PNC Flex Books are available again this year for $99. The Flex Book gives 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.
The 2013 Pink Zone at Penn State will take place on Sunday, Feb. 24 as the Lady Lions take on Michigan in the Bryce Jordan Center. Last year, the Lady Lions donated a record $203,000 to breast cancer causes. This year's fundraising efforts will benefit the Mount Nittany Medical Center, Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute, Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital and Lewistown Hospital. For more information on the Pink Zone at Penn State, visit the official Pink Zone website at www.pennsylvaniapinkzone.org.
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