No. 18/21 Lady Lions Head to Northwestern Sunday
Feb. 10, 2012
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. - The No. 18/21 Penn State Lady Lions (19-5, 9-3) begin their final road stretch of the season as they travel to Northwestern (13-11, 3-8) to face the Wildcats Sunday at 1 p.m. (ET). The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network with Dan Kelly, Stephanie White and Kara Lentz describing play. This is the only meeting of the season between the Lady Lions and the Wildcats.
TELEVISION: The game will air on the Big Ten Network with Dan Kelly, Stephanie White and Kara Lentz on the call.
RADIO/LIVE STATS: The game is on the Penn State Sports Network and ESPN Radio 1450 locally with Jerry Fisher and Brian Tripp calling the action. The audio feed and live stats are available at www.GoPSUsports.com.
LAST TIME OUT: The Lady Lions hit on 48.3% of their shots and landed four players in double figures on the way to a 69-54 win over Wisconsin Thursday at the BJC. Sophomore Maggie Lucas led the Lady Lions with 16 points via a 7-for-11 shooting performance. Junior Alex Bentley had 14 points to go along with three assists, while sophomore Ariel Edwards was a spark off of the bench with 14 points thanks to a 6-for-10 night from the field.
SCOUTING NORTHWESTERN: The Wildcats are 13-11 overall and 3-8 in Big Ten play. Northwestern has four players averaging double figures, led by Kendall Hackney with a 15.1 scoring average and a 6.3 average on the boards. Morgan Jones accounts for 14.6 points per game, while Dannielle Diamant averages 13.5 points and a team-best 6.5 rebounds per outing.
ALL-TIME VS. THE WILDCATS: The Lady Lions are 29-7 all-time against Northwestern, including an 11-5 mark in road games. Penn State has won nine of the last 11 contests between the schools that featured a season sweep last year with a 66-56 win at home and an 80-68 win in Evanston.
LAST TIME VS. NU: In front of the ninth-largest crowd for a women's game in Bryce Jordan Center history (11,288), the Lady Lions had a solid second half to post a 66-56 win over Northwestern on Feb. 27, 2011. Maggie Lucas tied Kelly Mazzante's Penn State single-season record for three-pointers after netting her 102nd triple of the season on the way to a team-best 21 points. Zhaque Gray was 3-for-6 from long range and finished with 12 points, while Mia Nickson added 11 points and nine rebounds, including six on the offensive glass.
GRAY ECLIPSES 800: Senior guard Zhaque Gray surpassed the 800-point mark for her career with five tallies in the win over Wisconsin Feb. 9. Gray now has 803 points in her four seasons in the blue and white.
ANOTHER TOP 10 THREES SEASON: Sophomore guard Maggie Lucas moved into a tie for 10th place on Penn State's single-season three-pointers chart with a pair of triples against Wisconsin Feb. 9. With 60 three-pointers this season, Lucas is tied with Tiffany Longworth (1995-96) for 10th place on the chart. Lucas holds the Penn State and Big Ten record for three-pointers with 112 makes from long range as a freshman last year.
AGEE TABBED McDONALD'S ALL-AMERICAN: Penn State signee Candice Agee was named to the West roster for the 2012 McDonald's Girls All-American game. She is one of 24 players selected to play in the game, which will take place at the United Center in Chicago on Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU. Agee is the fourth McDonald's All-American in school history and will be the third on the 2012-13 Lady Lion roster, joining Maggie Lucas (Narberth, Pa.) and Dara Taylor (Wilmington, Del.).
The Lady Lions closes out the road portion of its regular-season schedule at Purdue (Feb. 16), a game that will air on the Big Ten Network. Penn State returns to the BJC for its final two games against Ohio State on Monday, Feb. 20 and for the Pink Zone game vs. Minnesota on Sunday, Feb. 26. Single game tickets and PNC Flex Books are available by calling 800-NITTANY. PNC Flex Books are $99 and give fans 12 vouchers, including one for the Coaches vs. Cancer game and one for the Pink Zone game, which can be redeemed for Nittany Lion and Lady Lion Basketball tickets in any combination.
The 2012 WBCA Pink Zone at Penn State will take place on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. as the Lady Lions take on Minnesota in the Bryce Jordan Center. Last year, the Lady Lions donated nearly $200,000 for 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.gopsusports.com/pinkzone. The WBCA Pink Zone at Penn State is also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pinkzoneatpennstate.
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