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Oct. 8, 2012
Fans are encouraged to arrive by 11:15 a.m. as Porter Road, Hastings Road and University Drive will be restricted from 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. due to the THON 5K. The race begins at 11:30 a.m., so expect congestion and delays in the area.
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. - Fans can watch the Penn State Lady Lion basketball team in action as they prepare for their quest for back-to-back Big Ten titles at a public open practice Saturday, Oct. 13 from 12-2 p.m. at the Bryce Jordan Center. Doors will open at 11 and those attending the open practice are asked to enter through Gate B of the BJC.
Everyone in attendance will receive a 2012-13 Lady Lion Basketball schedule poster. Additionally, there will be airbrush tattoos on the concourse. Fans will also have the opportunity participate in contests during the event and all fans will have the opportunity to enter to win a grand prize.
The Lady Lions return four starters and are led by All-Americans Alex Bentley (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Maggie Lucas (Narberth, Pa.), who are both on the 2013 Wade Watch List for the nation's top women's basketball player after earning honorable mention All-America honors and first team All-Big Ten accolades a year ago. Bentley garnered WBCA Honorable Mention All-America honors after finishing in the Top 15 in the Big Ten in scoring (11th - 14.1), assists (4th - 4.7), steals (2nd - 3.0) and assist-to-turnover ratio (7th - 1.4). She enters her senior season 15th on Penn State's career scoring chart (1,335), 12th in steals (216) and 10th in assists (455). Lucas was an Associated Press honorable mention All-American, finishing third in the Big Ten and 20th in the NCAA in scoring a season ago with a 19.5 average. She is just the third sophomore to reach the 1,000-point mark and is the 11th-fastest player in Big Ten history to accomplish the feat.
Penn State also returns starters Mia Nickson (Ashburn, Va.) and Nikki Greene (Diboll, Texas). Nickson was an honorable mention All-Big Ten choice last season after battling through injuries to average 8.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. She was also selected to the NCAA Tournament Kingston All-Region team after accounting for 19 points in the Sweet Sixteen loss to Connecticut. Greene claimed third team All-Big Ten accolades after finishing fourth in the conference in rebounding (7.8), fifth in blocks (1.4) and seventh in field goal percentage (.472).
Lady Lion Basketball season tickets are available by calling 800-NITTANY. Season tickets are $99 for adults, including a season parking pass (a $75 value), and $50 for youth (12 and under), this includes a Nittany Lion Kids Club Membership for 2012-13. 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.
The Lady Lions are on Twitter. Follow sports information contact Kris Petersen (@ladylionsid) and the Lady Lions and coaches (@pennstatewbb) to get the inside scoop. The Lady Lions are also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pennstateladylions.