Penn State Weekend Sports Roundup
Between returning from Thanksgiving break and the emotional football game, you may have missed some other sports teams in action this weekend. If that is the case, you missed some exciting stuff. All of the action is recapped below:
Men’s Basketball: The men’s basketball team defeated Bucknell, who were previously undefeated, 60-57 Friday afternoon. Despite a bad first half, down 22-16 and only shooting 16.1% from the field, the Nittany Lions bounced back in the second half, outscoring Bucknell 44-35. Brandon Taylor scored 16 points in the team’s first complete game without Tim Frazier. Penn State faces Boston College in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday at the Bryce Jordan Center at 9:15 p.m.
Women’s Soccer: The Women’s Soccer team advanced to the College Cup after defeating third-seeded Duke Friday night 1-0. Christine Nairn scored off a penalty kick in the 13th minute. Duke would not make it easy for Penn State though, out-shooting them 19-7 throughout the game. Penn State will face Florida State on Friday night at 8:30 p.m. in San Diego.
Women’s Basketball: The women’s basketball team faced Detroit on Friday night and won 80-72. Penn State led going into halftime 42-38, with help from Ariel Edwards who had a career-high 24 points and Maggie Lucas who scored 28 points. The team played Cal State Northridge on Saturday, and overcame a 17-point first half deficit to win the Radisson Chatsworth Thanksgiving Tournament. The 85-72 win over Northridge gives the Lady Lions a 5-0 record on the season. Lucas was named Tournament MVP after scoring 23 points and shooting 8-16 against Northridge. Nikki Greene was named to the All-Tournament team as well after scoring 21 points and 20 rebounds in the championship game. Penn State is on the road at Miami Thursday night.
Women’s Volleyball: The top-ranked Women’s Volleyball team defeated Michigan State in three sets on Saturday night (25-13, 25-21, 25-15.) Megan Courtney had a team high 9 kills while Micha Hancock added 24 assists, and Deja McClendon led the team in digs with 6. Penn State finished the regular season with a 29-2 record overall and 19-1 in the Big Ten. They earned the number one overall seed in the NCAA Tournament with their first match against Binghamton Friday night in Rec Hall at 7:30 p.m.
Men’s Ice Hockey: This weekend, Penn State’s men’s ice hockey team faced 8th-ranked Union College in a two game series losing games 2-0 and 4-1. Saturday night, Penn State held Union scoreless in the first period, but Union scored with 10 minutes left in the second period. Union’s second score came on an empty net with 14 seconds left in the game. Sunday night, Penn State’s defense was not as successful, losing 4-1. David Glen scored Penn State’s only goal of the series tying the game at 1, just a minute into the second period. The Nittany Lions’ record now stands at 6-5 on the season.
The success over the past few days has already set up an exciting weekend to come as Women’s Soccer and Women’s Volleyball continue on the quest towards a national title.