The Penn State Lady Lions Basketball team(8-6, Big Ten 1-2) outlasted the Wisconsin Badgers(10-5, Big Ten 1-2)Thursday night to come away with a 71-64 victory at the Bryce Jordan Center.
Dry runs by the Badgers allowed for opportunities for Penn State to pull away and force Wisconsin to play catch-up. The Badgers were able to keep themselves within reach thanks in part to Penn State shooting just 37 percent from the field. The Lady Lion defense played the part of the glue that held the lead in check and kept the visiting team from turning the tables. Senior guard Teniya Page led Penn State with 23 points while junior guard Siyah Frazier recorded her first double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Penn State scored 17 points off Badger turnovers, as well as added 18 points from the bench. This put pressure on Wisconsin to match the intensity and team involvement of Penn State.
This marks Penn State’s first win in Big Ten play following two losses to start of their conference play. “Every win in conference play is important, in particular this year. There’s a lot of parity in our conference. When you look at the standings and the results of games every night, you just never know who is going to come out on top. When you can get a good win at home, that’s important to stay in the race because every game is going to be so important,” said head coach Coquese Washington on the win.
The Lady Lions needed a quality win like this not only for conference standings, but also for confidence. Losing this contest would have sent Penn State into an 0-3 record in the contest as well as a deflated feeling from losing at home.
“It was nice to get back home and play in front of our crowd to start the new year. I thought we put together our four best quarters together, and that’s one of the best things we talked about coming into the game,” said Washington.
The Lady Lions are back in action on Sunday, Jan. 6th as they travel to New Jersey to take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.
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