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Nov. 18, 2011
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. - The #11/12 Penn State Lady Lions (2-1, 0-0 Big Ten) will look to rebound from their first loss of the season when they travel to South Carolina (3-0) for a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m. The game will be televised on SportSouth with Andy Demetra (play-by-play) and Debbie Antonelli (color) on the call.
TELEVISION: The game will be televised live on SportSouth with Andy Demetra (play-by-play) and Debbie Antonelli (color) will describe play.
RADIO/LIVE STATS: The game is on WRSC locally with Jerry Fisher calling the action. The audio feed and live stats are available at www.GoPSUsports.com.
SCOUTING SOUTH CAROLINA: The Gamecocks are unbeaten in three games this season after a 65-48 win over Clemson Thursday night. Reserve Ashley Bruner (11.7 ppg) leads a balanced South Carolina scoring attack that has six players averaging 6.0 points or better. La'Keisha Sutton is second on the squad in scoring at a 9.3 clip and leads the team with 13 assists.
ALL-TIME VS. THE GAMECOCKS: The Lady Lions are 5-4 all-time against the Gamecocks, including wins in five of the last six contests. The teams have met each of the last five seasons with Penn State posting a 78-48 win at the BJC last year. The Lady Lions are just 1-2 all-time in games in Columbia.
LAST TIME VS. SC: Julia Trogele paced four players in double figures for the Lady Lions with 19 points and 10 rebounds in a 78-48 victory on Nov. 21, 2010. Maggie Lucas and Alex Bentley added 14 points each, while Mia Nickson chipped in 11 points and four rebounds off the bench. The Lady Lions shot 50% from the field on the game.
EAST HAULS IN BOARDS: Talia East continued her solid play with another career-best rebounding effort at Delaware Thursday. The sophomore center snared a personal-best 11 rebounds for the first double figure rebounding performance of her career. She also added eight rebounds and a pair of blocked shots versus the Blue Hens.
EDWARDS GETS THE NOD: Sophomore Ariel Edwards earned her first career start at Delaware Thursday in place of an ailing Mia Nickson. Edwards responded with a solid eight-point, eight-rebound night against the Blue Hens. The eight caroms tie her career high set last year against Hartford in the Caribbean Challenge.
PAIR REACHES 600 POINTS: Senior guard Zhaque Gray and sophomore guard Maggie Lucas both reached the 600-point plateau for their careers at Delaware Thursday. Gray's 15 points brought her career total to 601, while Lucas' 12 tallies gave her an even 600 markers for her career. Lucas reached 600 points in 38 games, making her the third-fastest player in school history to reach 600 points (Kelly Mazzante and Susan Robinson, 33 games).
BENTLEY TIES PERSONAL ASSISTS MARK: Junior guard Alex Bentley narrowly missed out on her first career double-double with 20 points and nine assists at Delaware Thursday. The nine helpers tie Bentley's career high, which she has reached four times in her career. She also added three steals and three rebounds on the night.
LUCAS INTO 7TH ON 3S LIST: Sophomore guard Maggie Lucas moved into seventh place on Penn State's career three-pointers list with three triples at Delaware Nov. 17. She passed Brianne O'Rourke (2006-09) with her effort versus the Blue Hens. She needs four triples to pass Tina Nicholson (124) on the chart.
The Lady Lions close out their four-game road trip in Reno for the Nugget Classic. Penn State opens the tourney against Iowa State Friday, it is just the second meeting all-time with the Lions earning a 66-65 win in the 2000 NCAA Tournament. PSU will meet either Butler or the host Wolfpack in the second round. The Lady Lions return to the BJC on Nov. 30 to face nationally-ranked North Carolina in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Lady Lion Basketball season tickets are available by calling 814-867-2557. Season tickets are $117 for adults, $52 for youth and $91 for seniors. Single game tickets go on sale Tuesday, Oct. 11. PNC Flex Books are available again this year for $99. The Flex Book gives fans 12 vouchers, including one for the Coaches vs. Cancer game and one for the Pink Zone game, that 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 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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