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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -The Penn State women’s basketball program will face its second-straight ranked for when No. 15/14 Maryland heads to town for a New Year’s Eve contest inside the Bryce Jordan Center. The Lady Lions (9-5, 0-1 B1G) and Terrapins (12-2, 1-0 B1G) will be showcased on the Big Ten Network at 2 p.m.
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Series Quick Facts
// Penn State and Maryland will meet for the 17th time in program history and the fifth time as B1G members. MORE ON PAGE 4
// Prior to Maryland joining the Big Ten, Penn State had won six-straight meetings, however, the Terrapins have won all four meetings as conference foes.
// This will be the lone meeting this season between the two programs.
// Penn State is 2-4 all-time on New Year's Eve, with five of those contests being B1G games, including each of the last three seasons. MORE ON PAGE 5
// Penn State is 16-9 in Big Ten home openers since joining the conference in 1992-93. The Lady Lions are 5-5 in home openers under head coach Coquese Washington. MORE ON PAGE 3
// The Lady Lions closed out a four-game true road game swing at Michigan on Thursday, a stretch that is tied for the sixth-longest in program history and longest since 2006-07. MORE ON PAGE 12
// Junior Teniya Page landed a spot on the B1G Weekly Honor Roll after a 27-point effort at Pittsburgh last week to earn her sixth career weekly honor from the conference. MORE ON PAGE 6
// Sophomore Jaida Travascio-Green has rounded her game off this season and is more than just a 3-point specialist, as the sophomore has already eclipsed a pair of statistical marks from her rookie campaign. MORE ON PAGE 11
// Page and freshman Alisia Smith both posted double-doubles at American on Dec. 20, with both collecting double-digit rebounds for the first times in their respective careers. MORE ON PAGE 6, 9 & 10
// Head coach Coquese Washington is looking for her 200th career victory, entering the game with 190 career wins on the sidelines. MORE ON PAGE 13
// Penn State is one of 11 Division I programs to enter the 2017-18 season with zero seniors on its roster, including one of only two power five conference teams. MORE ON PAGE 13
// Penn State inked three prep standouts for the 2018-19 season, with Lauren Ebo, Karisma Ortiz and Bexley Wallace all singing National Letters of Intent on Nov. 8. MORE ON PAGE 13
Scouting the Terrapins
// Head coach Brenda Frese owns a 4-3 record against Penn State in her head coaching career, going 4-2 at Maryland and 0-1 while the head coach at Minnesota in 2001-02.
// The Terrapins opened Big Ten play with a 100-65 win over Illinois Thursday night behind a 24-point, 10-rebound effort from Kaila Charles and a 16-point, 11-rebound effort by Stephanie Jones.
// With three 3-pointers made vs. Illinois, Kristen Confroy moved to No. 3 on Maryland's all-time 3-pointers made list at 174.
// Seven Terrapins are scoring in double figures - Charles (18.8), Eleanna Christinaki (17.5), Blair Watson (14.4), Jones (12.4), Ieshia Small (12.3), Brianna Fraser (11.0) and Confroy (10.5).
// Watson (+11.5), Charles (+9.3) and Jones (+7.7) are currently the Big Ten's top three most improved scorers.
// The Terrapins are currently ranked No. 3 in the country in scoring (89.9), No. 5 in scoring margin (+29.1)
// Watson is third in the country in 3-pointers made with 53 this year, behind just Ohio State's Kelsey Mitchell (58) and USF's Kitija Laksa (57).
Last Five Games
// Penn State is 2-3 over its last five games, defeating Fordham at home and posting a 1-3 record during its four-game road trip.
// Penn State wrapped a four-game road trip at Michigan on Thursday to mark the longest stretch of true road games since the 2006-07 season. MORE ON PAGE 12
// The Lady Lions continue to rack up points at the free throw line, hitting 87-of-115 shots (75.7 percent), while the opposition is connecting on just 55-of-75 freebies (73.3 percent).
// On the per-game side, Penn State is hitting 17.4 free throws per game, while the opposition is completing just 11.0 freebies per contest.
// Junior Teniya Page has reached double-figures in each of the last five games, including a pair of 20-point efforts: 27-point games vs. Fordham and at Pittsburgh.
// Page is also the team's leading rebounder, grabbing 32 boards (6.4 rpg), including a career-best 13 rebounds in her first career double-double (19 points) at American on Dec. 20.
// Furthermore, Page lead the team with 14 assists and 11 steals.
// Redshirt-sophomore Amari Carter also has four games with 10-plus points, averaging 12.4 points per game.
// Junior Jaylen Williams is adding 29 rebounds (5.8 rpg) to her total with a team-best six blocked shots.
Last Meeting – at No. 3/3 Maryland 89, Penn State 83 (Jan. 11, 2017)
// Amari Carter scored a career-high 22 points on 11-of-19 shooting.
// Carter handed out eight assists with just two turnover, marking the 10th time in 2016-17 she finished a game with at least five assists and fewer than two turnovers.
// Teniya Page tallied a team-best 27 points, hitting a career-best six 3-pointers.
// Page connected on 6-of-10 shots from 3-point range, including four in the first half.
// The six made 3-pointers were the most for a Penn State player since Lindsey Spann made seven at Minnesota on Jan. 3, 2016.
// Playing 40 minutes, Page produced her ninth career game of at least 40 minutes.
// Ashanti Thomas scored a career-high 11 points, marking the first double-figure scoring game of her career.
// Lindsey Spann reached the 200 career assist plateau with her first quarter helper. She is just the 31st player in Penn State history to reach the 200-assist mark.
// Sierra Moore posted her ninth double-digit scoring game of the season with 10 points to move past the 500-point mark in her Penn State career, ending the night with 509 career tallies.
// Forcing 21 Maryland turnovers, Penn State notched its fifth game of 2016-17 forcing at least 20 turnovers.
// Penn State’s 26 points in the fourth quarter tied for its most in the game’s final quarter this season.
// The Lady Lion reserves outscored the opposition’s bench for the 16th time in 17 games in 2016-17.
// The loss marked the only time in 2016-17 that Penn State lost a game it scored 80-or-more points in. The Lady Lions.
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