Weekend Sports Roundup: Frazier Returns, Katie “Slays”, & Lady Lions Make History
While the weekend road trip didn’t quite go as planned for some teams, others earned hard-fought victories at home. Basketball made its return the the Bryce Jordan Center, highlighted by a record-breaking performance by the Lady Lions on Friday. The No. 2 ranked women’s volleyball team swept its Big Ten opponents at Rec Hall and the men’s hockey team remained unbeaten in the brand new Pegula Ice Arena.
Here’s what went on in the world of Penn State Athletics this weekend:
The men’s hockey team defeated Sacred Heart 2-1 on Friday, staying undefeated in their new home. Defenseman Luke Juha had his best game of the year, scoring the first goal of the game and adding a highlight-reel defensive stop. Goaltender Matt Skoff held a shutout for the first 59 minutes of the game.
The No. 2 ranked women’s volleyball team swept its Big Ten opponents at Rec Hall, defeating #14 Purdue 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-21) on Friday night and taking down Indiana 3-0 (25-16, 25-11, 25-11) on Saturday. Senior Deja McClendon led the team in kills on both nights, tallying 13 on Friday and nine on Saturday. Katie Slay had 15 kills over the two matches and added 5.5 blocks.
The three-time defending national champion Nittany Lions wrestling team sent a large contingent of wrestlers to the Binghamton Open this weekend. Six different wrestlers won titles, including David Taylor at 165 and Matt Brown at 174. True freshman Zain Retherford also won at 141 in his first collegiate action.
Tim Frazier made his return on Saturday for the men’s basketball team’s season opener, which it won 74-62 over Wagner. Frazier had 25 points and 10 rebounds, while D.J. Newbill added 18 points and 11 rebounds.
On a night where the team lifted its 2013 Big Ten championship banner, the Lady Lions picked up right where they left off, defeating St. Francis on Friday night 117-77. The 117 points scored set a Bryce Jordan Center single-game record for women’s basketball. Maggie Lucas was 16-16 from the free throw line, which is also a BJC single-game record, and is also a school record for percentage and made free throws. Lucas had a total of 33 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists, while Ariel Edwards added 23.
Sunday was more of the same, as Penn State took down Fordham 78-61. Lucas stayed hot, scoring 23 points, including four three-pointers. Sophomore center Candice Agee tied her career-high with eight points.
The Lady Lions will play in their biggest regular-season game of the year on Sunday, Nov. 10 at noon when top-ranked UConn comes into town for the back half of a home-and-home series. The defending national champion Huskies won its season opener against Hartford, 89-34.
The football team had a rough weekend, falling to a very good Minnesota team, 24-10. Zach Zwinak had his best game of the year, rushing for 150 yards and a touchdown while Allen Robinson set the Penn State single-season receiving yards record with 1,106 yards.
The No. 20 women’s soccer team fell in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament, losing to Iowa 1-0. Iowa’s Melanie Pickert scored the only goal of the game at 18′. Penn State will learn its NCAA tournament fate on Monday at 4:30 p.m when seeding is announced.
The field hockey team suffered a tough loss to Iowa in the Big Ten tournament on Friday, falling 4-3 in overtime. Jenna Chrismer, Taylor Herold, and Whitney Reddig all scored goals for the Nittany Lions, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Hawkeyes, as Natalie Cafone scored less than three minutes into the extra frame.
The Nittany Lions will next travel to Maryland to take on the defending national champion Princeton Tigers in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday at 2 p.m.