Lady Lions Earn No. 3 Seed in NCAA Tournament
After an impressive 25-5 (15-2 Big Ten) season, the Penn State Lady Lions earned a No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament when the brackets were revealed last night.
They will play the No. 14 Cal Poly Mustangs (21-10, 13-5 Big West) on Sunday at 5:15 p.m. on ESPN2. For the second year in a row, the Lady Lions will be playing in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
This is the third year in a row that the Lady Lions will make an appearance in the NCAA tournament, and it is their 24th appearance overall (one of just 11 teams to have appeared this many times or more). In the tournament, their record is 29-23. The Lady Lions have never played the Mustangs, but they are 4-0 against teams in the Big West Conference.
In the Big Ten conference tournament, the Lady Lions fell to the Michigan State Spartans in the semifinals.
Despite the earlier than expected loss following the strong regular season, Maggie Lucas was named Big Ten Conference Player of the Year and was a part of the All-Big Ten Team. Head Coach Coquese Washington was named Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year. In addition, Alex Bentley was named to the first All-Big Ten Team and the All-Big Ten Defensive Team alongside Dara Taylor. Nikki Greene was given third All-Big Ten Team honors.
If the Lady Lions advance past Cal Poly, they will play the winner of No. 6 LSU (20-11) and No. 11 Green Bay (29-1) next Tuesday at 9:30 p.m.
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