The Lady Lions (8-3) took their third loss of the season on Saturday against St. Bonaventure (5-5), blowing a 12 point lead and losing 65-62.
After recovering from its winless tournament showing in Las Vegas, Penn State went 3-0 on a series of home games. But Penn State’s momentum was stopped by a tenacious Bonnies squad who gave the Lions a taste of their own medicine after Penn State’s comeback win against Fordham.
How It Happened
Penn State got off to a 6-0 run to start the game and they’d keep that lead for the rest of the quarter. Siyeh Fraizier made her mark early, getting four of the Lady Lions’ first points and getting two blocks within the first three minutes. Those two blocks would be her only two of the game, but good for a career high for the guard. St. Bonaventure would close the gap to four points midway through the quarter, but Penn State kept the lead at the end of the quarter at 19-12.
The Bonnies scored five points at the start of the second, making it a two point game and suddenly putting pressure on the Lady Lions. It was back and forth for a while, but a timeout for Penn State got the team back in gear. Threes from Teniya Page and Jaida Travascio-Green along with some buckets from Amari Carter helped earn a ten-point lead for the Lions, a lead that would grow to 12 by halftime, the score being 40-28.
The second half was all St. Bonaventure’s. Led by senior and junior guards Mariah Ruff and Mckenna Maycock, who both eneded up socring over 20, the Bonnies tore apart the strong Penn State defense.
By the middle of the third quarter St. Bonaventure had already taken a two point lead. Inconsistent play on the inside by Penn State and just nine points from the bench made it hard to score points for the Lady Lions. A back and forth affair continued into the fourth where Penn State found themselves saw themselves down by three in the closing second.
Page would miss a good look and Carter would miss two straight after rebounds by Jaylen Williams and Travascio-Green gave them chances to knot up the score, but the Bonnies hung on for a 65-62 win.
Player Of The Match
Teniya Page | Junior | Guard
It’s as if she never left. The junior has fitted seamlessly back into the Penn State rotation, stuffing the stat sheet with 18 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.
The Lady Lions look to salvage their road trip as they go up against Pitt on December 17. The game will be in Pittsburgh at 2 p.m.