In the first quarter, Penn State’s (10-2) offense was out to a great start as the team took a 10-5 lead in the first two minutes. The team went 5-for-8 from the three-point arc and the Lady Lions finished the first quarter 25-16 against the Gaels (6-5).
The second quarter was no different as guard Teniya Page helped to extend the team’s lead and went on to score 11 points and notch six rebounds in the contest and the teams headed into the locker room with Penn State leading 44-30.
The second half proved to be an offensive surge for the Lady Lions as the team went on to score 36 points in the second half. Senior guard Lindsey Spann score a team high 16 points and forward Kaliyah Mitchell pitched in with 11 points. Penn State freshman De’Janae Boykin lead the defense with 9 rebounds while also notching 12 points.
Following the match, Head Coach Coquese Washington was pleased with her team’s 10-2 record and looks forward to the remainder of the season.
“From a win-loss perspective I’m happy with where we are. We’re still young and you see that out on the court. We’re able to put some things together, and sometimes we have some mistakes. Some experience mistakes,” Washington said during the post-game presser. “Some of the things that happen that the players haven’t seen before. We just want to continue to grow so we can be a little bit sharper when we get in conference play.”
Now, the team looks to head into Big Ten Conference play starting with taking on the Indiana Hoosier on Wednesday, Dec. 28 at home beginning at 7 p.m.
“Non-conference we ended 10-2, which is a great start for us going into Big Ten play,” said senior guard Lindsey Spann. “It’ll give us a lot of momentum and a lot of positive things have come out of our non-conference play and we have learned from those games.”
The Lady Lion’s matchup against the Hoosiers will air on BTN Plus and Big Ten Radio Network.