Lady Lions Fall to Purdue; Pink Zone on Sunday

The Penn State women’s basketball team could not get its offense going on Thursday and lost to Purdue, 51-49. The Lady Lions will finish the regular season on Sunday in their Pink Zone game with Northwestern.

Penn State started off cold and Purdue capitalized, building a 20-9 lead in the first nine minutes. The Lady Lions shot only 26.5 percent from the field and missed all six of their 3-point attempts in the first half. Conversely, Purdue shot 50 percent in the first half, leading to a 33-21 advantage at the break.

Neither team played particularly well in the second half, but the Lady Lions went on an 11-2 run that spanned 5:36 near the end. That run closed the gap to 50-49, but Penn State would not score again. In the final 3:48 of the game, Purdue scored one point, while Penn State scored none, and the game ended in Purdue’s favor.

Mia Nickson led the Lady Lions with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Maggie Lucas had 1o points and Julia Trogele contributed nine points and grabbed five rebounds.

On Sunday, the Lady Lions will finish the regular season with a match-up with Northwestern at noon. It’s not just a regular game, though–it’s the Pink Zone game. Every year, the Penn State women’s basketball team devotes one game to Pink Zone, a philanthropic breast cancer initiative run out of the Penn State Athletic Department. Last year, 8,000 people attended the Pink Zone game, leading to $80,000 raised.

This year, students will get into the game for free. As an added benefit for the Greek community, any Greek who goes to the game will earn five hours of community service. So head over to the BJC at noon on Sunday to support both the Lady Lions and a great cause!

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Michael Berton

I grew up in a Philly suburb, then moved to a different one. I am now at Penn State, where I can actually sate my giant appetite for sports. Other than writing, I also play the cello in the Penn State Philharmonic.

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