Penn State athletics had a great weekend overall, with many teams picking up big wins. Dominating performances by the women’s basketball and wrestling teams, along with the #7 men’s volleyball team picking up its first win of the year, highlighted the weekend.
In case you missed any scores, here’s a roundup of everything that happened!
Women’s Basketball: The #8 Lady Lions basketball team handily defeated #23 Nebraska on Sunday, 80-58. Maggie Lucas and Alex Bentley chipped in 19 points, and both had personal highlights in the game. Bentley drained a half-court shot at the first half buzzer, and Lucas reached the 1,500 point milestone during the game.
Men’s Basketball: The men’s basketball team fell to Purdue on Sunday, 60-42. The team shot a season-low 25.9% from the field. The loss dropped the Nittany Lions to 8-8 overall, and 0-4 in the Big Ten. Their next game is at home vs. Michigan State on Wednesday.
Wrestling: The top-ranked Nittany Lion wrestling team dominated Michigan State, 41-0, for their second Big Ten win in front of a sold-out Rec Hall. The day was highlighted by first period pins by two-time All-Americans David Taylor and Ed Ruth, a tech-fall by #3 Matt Brown, and an upset win by heavyweight Jon Gingrich over #4 Michael McClure. The Lions had a 33-1 advantage in takedowns in the match.
Men’s Volleyball: #7 Penn State picked up its first wins of the year in the Outrigger Invitational. They defeated the host Hawaii Warriors 3-2 (24-26, 25-18, 17-25, 25-15, 16-14) on Friday, and took down #10 Ohio State 3-0 (26-24, 25-17, 25-22). Sophomore Aaron Russell had 30 kills over both matches, and senior Tom Comfort tallied 25 kills.
Men’s Hockey: The men’s hockey team split a Friday/Saturday doubleheader with the USA National Under-18 team. Friday’s game saw Penn State come back from a 2-0 second period deficit to win 5-2. The team got a lot of help from their younger players, as freshman goaltender Matthew Skoff saved 47 shots, and freshman forward Kenny Brooks scored twice.
Saturday wasn’t as kind to the Nittany Lions, as they fell to the U-18 team 3-0. The game’s first period was scoreless, but Team USA scored late in the second to put them ahead for good.
Women’s Hockey: The women’s hockey team had a rough weekend, dropping two games to Union by the scores of 0-1 and 1-2. Sophomore Jess Desorcie tallied her fifth goal of the year in Saturday’s loss. The team plays at Syracuse this Friday and Saturday.
Swimming: The men’s team defeated Missouri State 171-124 on Saturday, and took 11 of the 16 races. The women’s team split a tri-meet with Arkansas and Missouri State over the weekend, defeating MSU 235-59, but falling to Arkansas 146.5-151.5. Penn State won 8 of the 16 races, but lost both relays to Arkansas.
Gymnastics: Both the men’s and women’s teams posted wins over the weekend. The #19 women’s team won 194.150-191.700 over the University of Illinois-Chicago, and the men’s team took down Army 447.750-403.700 in their season opener.