No. 14/13 Lady Lions Visit Bahamas for Junkanoo Jam

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Kaliyah Mitchell

Nov. 27, 2013

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UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. - The #14/13 Penn State Lady Lions (3-1, 0-0 Big Ten) will be spending Thanksgiving in the Bahamas for the Junkanoo Jam where they will face Pac-12 foe Oregon State (4-0) in the opening round on Friday at 3:15 p.m., at St. George's High School in Freeport, Grand Island, Bahamas. Penn State will then face either Florida or Illinois State on Saturday at either 11:30 a.m. or 1:45 p.m.

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.

LAST TIME OUT: The Lady Lions used double-digit scoring performances from five different players in the 92-49 victory over Bucknell on Nov. 20. Sophomore center Candice Agee was one of four Lady Lions to have a career high scoring night with 16 points. Agee, whose previous personal mark was eight points on four occasions, was 7-for-10 from the field. She also pulled in six rebounds, including five on the offensive glass, and rejected a pair of shots. Senior guard Maggie Lucas added 17 points and four rebounds, while Ariel Edwards had a solid all-around game with 14 points, seven rebounds, a career-high five assists and a steal.

TOURNEY TIME: Since 1978, the Lady Lions have competed in 76 tournaments during the regular season and have won 27 tournament titles along the way. In those 76 tournaments, Penn State has amassed a 125-49 record that leads to a 71.8% winning percentage. This is not the Lady Lions' first trip to the Junkanoo Jam. In 2003, Penn State won the Junkanoo Jam with wins over George Washington, 77-51, and Kansas State, 69-56.

SCOUTING OREGON STATE: The Beavers are a perfect 4-0 on the season and are averaging 92.0 points per game with a +34.0 scoring margin. Sydney Wiese paces Oregon State with a 12.5 scoring and 5.0 assist average. She is also the team's top three-point threat, going 11-for-22 from beyond the arc. Deven Hunter is nearly averaging a double-double for the Beavers at 11.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. Ali Gibson is also in double figures for OSU, accounting for 10.3 points per game and a team-best 3.0 steals per outing.

ALL-TIME VERSUS THE BEAVERS: The Lady Lions won the only previous meeting Oregon State, a 98-56 win at the UNLV Budweiser Tournament in Las Vegas. Penn State is 13-6 all-time against current Pac-12 members. The Lady Lions last faced a Pac-12 team when Washington State came to the Lady Lion Classic on Nov. 11, 2011. Penn State topped the Cougars, 72-60.

LAST TIME VS. OSU: Penn State topped Oregon State, 98-56, in the first round of the UNLV Budweiser Tournament on Jan. 4, 1985. The Lady Lions went on to win the tournament with a win over the host Runnin' Rebels. Kahadeejah Herbert led the team in points and rebounds, posting a double-double in the victory. Herbert scored 24 points and hauled in 10 rebounds in the victory.

SCOUTING FLORIDA: The Gators are 4-2 with wins over Bethune-Cookman, North Florida, Kennesaw State and St. John's. Jaterra Bonds has been excelling for Florida, chipping in team-bests of 16.5 points and 4.8 assists per game to go along with 5.8 rebounds per outing. January Miller (12.0), Ronni Williams (10.0) and Kayla Lewis (10.0) are also averaging double figures in the scoring column for the Gators. Williams pulls in a team-best 7.8 rebounds per outing.

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 21-27 all-time against current SEC members. Penn State last faced an SEC foe in the NCAA Tournament second round when the Lady Lions lost at LSU, 71-66.

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.

SCOUTING ILLINOIS STATE: The Redbirds have played a tough non-conference schedule to open the season and are 0-3 with losses to Northern Kentucky, DePaul and Colorado State. Chloe Nelson leads the way for Illinois State with a 15.3 scoring average to go along with 3.0 assists per game. Stekara Hall accounts for 10.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per contest, while Octavia Crump leads the Redbirds in rebounding (8.0) and blocks (0.7).

ALL-TIME VERSUS THE REDBIRDS: The Lady Lions are 1-1 all-time against Illinois State. Penn State won the first meeting, 74-48 at home during the 1978-79 season, but the Redbirds won the second meeting, 74-69, at the Dial Classic in Ruston, La. The Redbirds are the only team that the Lady Lions have faced from the current members of the Missouri Valley Conference.

The Lady Lions return to the Bryce Jordan Center for Big Ten/ACC Challenge where they will face Coquese Washington's alma mater Notre Dame on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 7:30. It's Dollar Dog Night and a Subway Full Court 4 Pack game. Additionally, there will be a mini magnetic court giveaway as part of a series of six giveaways this season sponsored by Highmark.

Lady Lion Basketball single-game and season 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). Season tickets are $99 for adults and $50 for youth (12 and under), this includes a Nittany Lion Kids Club Membership for 2013-14. New this year, the Lady Lions have introduced a Family Season Ticket package. For $200, fans will get two adult tickets and two youth tickets for the 2013-14 campaign. 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 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. 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.

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