No. 11/11 Lady Lions Visit Indiana Thursday
Feb. 11, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. - The #11/11 Penn State Lady Lions (18-5, 9-2 Big Ten) close out their road string with a visit to Indiana (17-6, 4-6) on Thursday at 7 p.m. The game is available on a live webstream for a fee on the Big Ten Digital Network (BTDN) and will re-air a Student U broadcast on the BTN on Friday at 10 a.m.
TV: The game will be tape-delayed Big Ten Network Student U game on Friday at 10 a.m. on the BTN.
RADIO: The game is on the Penn State Sports Network and WRSC 1390 locally with Jerry Fisher calling the action. The audio feed is available at www.GoPSUsports.com.
WEBSTREAM: The game is available on a live webstream for a fee on the Big Ten Digital Network (BTDN).
LAST TIME OUT: The Lady Lions dominated the second half with a solid defensive effort on the way to a 74-54 win at Ohio State Sunday. Maggie Lucas posted her 60th career game with 20 or more points to move into fifth place on the Big Ten's career scoring chart. The win also marked the 875th in Penn State program history, making the Lions just the 12th team to accomplish the feat. Lucas was 9-for-14 on the day and finished with 23 points to pace the Lady Lions. Talia East continued her solid play inside with 12 points, eight rebounds and two blocks, while Dara Taylor added 12 points, four rebounds and six assists in the win. Candice Agee had one of her best performances of late with seven points and two rebounds.
SCOUTING INDIANA: The Hoosiers are 17-6 overall and 4-6 in Big Ten play and are winners of their last two outings. Freshman Larryn Brooks paces the Indiana offense with a team-best 17.0 scoring average to go along with an IU-high 4.4 assists per game. Tabitha Gerardot accounts for 9.2 points per game and leads the Hoosiers in rebounding at a 6.0 per game clip. Indiana tops the Big Ten with 173 three-pointers on the season, led by Brooks' 47 triples. The Hoosiers have six players that have made 15 or more three-pointers. On the defensive end, the Hoosiers lead the league in three-point field goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to make just 26.1% of their shots from beyond the arc.
ALL-TIME VERSUS THE HOOSIERS: The Lady Lions are 30-9 all-time against Indiana, including wins in the last five contests. PSU is 10-6 in games played in Bloomington. Penn State has the last two meetings in Assembly Hall. The Lady Lions have not won three-straight games in Bloomington since holding a five-game winning streak from 2000-05.
LAST TIME VERSUS IU: Senior center Talia East had a career night, recording her second collegiate double-double performance with a personal-best 13 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Lady Lions to a 65-52 win over Indiana. The Lady Lions defense was the star of the game once again, holding the Hoosiers to 27.6% from the field and nabbing eight steals on 12 turnovers. Additionally, seniors Ariel Edwards and Maggie Lucas led the team in scoring with 18 points each. Edwards added eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block to complete her performance. Lucas pulled down eight boards and chipped in two assists and a steal in the winning effort. Junior Tori Waldner also had a noteworthy game, matching her career high with 11 points and filled the rest of her stat line with four rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal.
WIN #875: With a 74-54 win at Ohio State on Feb. 9, the Lady Lions earned the 875th win in program history. Penn State is the 12th program in NCAA Division I history with 875 wins. Joining the Lady Lions with 875 program wins are Tennessee, Louisiana Tech, James Madison, Old Dominion, Stephen F. Austin, Texas, Stanford, Ohio State, Tennessee Tech, Connecticut and Georgia.
SENIORS PLAYING LIKE SENIORS: The senior class has certainly stepped up as the season begins to wind down. In the last eight games, all four seniors are averaging double figures. Maggie Lucas is pacing the senior class in the last eight games with a 20.4 scoring average with 4.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.8 steals. Ariel Edwards is accounted for 15.4 points and 6.9 rebounds per outing. Dara Taylor adds 10.6 points, 5.1 assists and 3.3 steals, while Talia East chips in 10.6 points and 8.8 blocks per outing. The Lady Lions are 7-1 in the last eight games.
BOUNCEBACK-ABILITY: Penn State has shown that it is resilient after a loss. The Lady Lions have won their last 20 games following a loss, dating back to the 2010-11 season. The Lady Lions last lost consecutive games on Feb. 17 and Feb. 24, 2011, which is the only time this season class has lost consecutive games in their career. PSU is 5-0 in games after a loss this season.
BLOCKING THE LANE: Senior center Talia East moved into 11th place in program history with two rejections at Ohio State on Feb. 9. She has 88 career rejections. With her performance against the Buckeyes, East passed Reicina Russell (87; 2003-04) and Vicki Link (87; 1984-87) for the 11th spot. East needs one rejection to move into a tie for 10th spot with Kathy Phillips (89; 1989-92) and four blocks to move into a tie for ninth place with Bethany Collins (92, 1985-88).
The 2014 Pink Zone at Penn State will take place on Sunday, Feb. 16 as the Lady Lions take on Wisconsin in the Bryce Jordan Center at 1 p.m. $4 of every single-game ticket sold will go directly to Pink Zone. There will be a silent auction on the concourse and postgame jersey auction of the Lions' game-worn jerseys. Last year, the Lady Lions donated a record $260,000 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.
Lady Lion Basketball single-game tickets are available by calling 1-800-NITTANY. Single-game 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.
For the 15th time, Penn State will host the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament First and Second Rounds on March 23 and 25, 2014. All-session tickets are $30 for adults and $17 for youth and students. There is also an all-session group rate for groups of 20 or more of any age at $20 per package. Fans can purchase tickets by calling 1-800-NITTANY or visiting the Penn State athletics ticket office between the hours of 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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