Lady Lions Meet Florida in NCAA Tournament Second Round Tuesday

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March 24, 2014

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UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. - The No. 3 seed Penn State Lady Lions (23-7, 13-3) will play their final game in the Bryce Jordan Center this season as they take on No. 11 Florida (20-12, 8-8 SEC) in the NCAA Tournament Second Round on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN2 and espn3.com. The game will be shown in its entirety on DirecTV channel 723 and on Dish network channel 148.

Single-session tickets for either the NCAA Tournament Second Round game at University Park are $20 for adults and $11 for youth and students. There is also a single-session group rate for groups of 20 or more of any age at $10. Fans can purchase tickets by calling 1-800-NITTANY or visiting the Bryce Jordan Center ticket office between the hours of 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. NCAA Tournament Second Round ticket information and a link to purchase online for the University Park site is also available at www.GoPSUsports.com/ncaawbbtix.

The first 100 Penn State students to come to Tuesday's games will receive a free ticket courtesy of the Lady Lion Cager Club.

LIMITED BAG POLICY: Penn State has implemented a limited bag policy at all home athletic events this season. One clear plastic one-gallon plastic bag per person will be permitted for medical needs, child care needs
 and general items as needed. Items that can fit in a pocket should remain in patrons' pockets (i.e. keys, cell phone, wallet, glasses, camera, sunscreen, lip balm, make-up). General items of this nature, including those that don't fit in patrons' pocket, can also be placed in a clear plastic one-gallon plastic bag. All clear bags will be inspected through the bag and article check stations as in prior years.

TV: The game will air on ESPN2 and espn3.com with Bob Picozzi and Krista Blunk calling play.

RADIO: The game is on the Penn State Sports Network and WRSC 1390 locally with Jerry Fisher and Julia Trogele calling the action. The audio feed is available at www.GoPSUsports.com.

SENIORS COLLECT WIN #100: The senior class of Talia East, Ariel Edwards and Maggie Lucas claimed their 100th career win with the victory over Wichita State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, which is tied for second in school history. Fellow senior Dara Taylor, a two-year transfer from Maryland, has been on the roster for 75 of those wins. The senior class is 100-30 (.769), which is tied for second with Class of 1992-95. The Class of 1994 leads with a 103-18 record. The Lady Lion seniors account for 74.7% of Penn State's points (1,690 of 2,263) this season and 46.5% of PSU's rebounds (620 of 1,334).

NCAA TOURNAMENT NUGGETS: Penn State is 2-1 all-time against the #11 seed with wins over DePaul (1992 - second round; 77-54) and Dayton (2011 - first round; 75-66) and a loss to TCU (2001 - first round; 77-75) ... This will be the third consecutive year that Penn State will face an SEC team in the NCAA Tournament. The Lady Lions have met LSU each of the last two years and posted a 1-1 record ... Penn State is 3-7 all-time against SEC foes in the NCAA Tournament ... The Lady Lions are one of 13 teams to advance to the NCAA Tournament Second Round each of the last four years ... PSU is 5-5 all-time when serving as the three seed ... The Lady Lions have won 10 of their last 11 home NCAA Tournament games ... Penn State is 18-5 overall record in NCAA Tournament games ... The Lady Lions are now 16-3 all-time in the first round.

EDWARDS JOINS 1,000-POINT CLUB: Senior guard/forward Ariel Edwards became the 36th member of Penn State's 1,000-point club with a 17-point performance against Wichita State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. She is the fourth Lady Lion in her four-year career to reach the 1,000-point plateau, joining Maggie Lucas, Alex Bentley and Nikki Greene. In the last five games, Edwards is averaging a team-best 21.2 points and 5.8 rebounds with a 51.9% shooting percentage.

SCOUTING #11 SEED FLORIDA: The Gators are 19-12 overall with an 8-8 mark in SEC play and collect their 14th NCAA Tournament bid. Leading the way for Florida is All-SEC first team selection Jaterra Bonds, who registers 15.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. Kayla Lewis chips in 11.9 points per game as she shoots 60% from the field to go along with a team-high 8.6 rebounding average. Cassie Peoples also averages double figures for the Gators at a 10.2 per game clip, while Ronni Williams was named to the SEC All-Freshman team after chipping in 8.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

MORE ON FLORIDA: The Lady Lions and Gators were in the same bracket in this year's Junkanoo Jam, but did not meet as Florida fell to Illinois State in the opening round. Penn State and Florida have played five common opponents this season (Illinois State, Oregon State, St. Francis (Pa.), Georgetown, Texas A&M). The Lady Lions are 5-0 against those teams, while the Gators are 3-2 with losses to Illinois State and Texas A&M.

ALL-TIME VERSUS THE GATORS: The Lady Lions and Gators have split the only two meetings between the teams. Penn State won the series opener, 91-67, on Jan. 8, 2000 at home, but dropped a 92-79 decision at Gainesville on Dec. 3, 2000. The Lady Lions are 24-30 all-time against current SEC members. Penn State last faced an SEC foe when they posted a 66-58 win over Texas A&M in the Bryce Jordan Center on Dec. 15, 2013.

LAST TIME VS. UF: Five Lady Lions scored in double figures, but it was not enough as Florida defeated Penn State by a final of 92-79 on Dec. 3, 2000. Lisa Shepherd led the Blue and White in scoring with 25 points. The senior was an impressive 12-for-13 from the free throw line in the performance. The Lady Lions posted two double-doubles in the contest, as Maren Walseth had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Courtney Upshaw ended the game with 10 points and a team-high 12 boards. Kelly Mazzante poured in 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field.

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