Lady Lions Notch First Big Ten Victory With Win Over Indiana

Kaliyah Mitchell stepped up big when her team needed her most, scoring a career-tying 20 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in the Lady Lions’ much-needed win against Big Ten foe Indiana on Thursday night in the Bryce Jordan Center, 79-75.

Mitchell filled in for Lindsey Spann, the team’s leading scorer who is playing through a flu virus. Spann and Mitchell were two of five players to score in the double digits for the Lions, who snapped an eight-game losing streak dating back to Dec. 21.

How It Happened

The Hoosiers jumped out to an early 5-0 lead, but Penn State would rally to score eight of the next ten points to take an 8-7 lead. The Lions went on a 13-3 run halfway through the first half to take a 28-22 lead. The teams traded leads throughout the half before the Lions went on a 14-7 run, securing a 36-29 lead heading into the locker room.

Indiana trailed by as many as 13 in the second half but would pull within two with less than a minute to play, thanks to a Karlee McBride shot from beyond the arc. The comeback would prove to be too little too late, as the Lions took the lead to the foul line and wrapped up the first conference win of the season.

Player of the Game

Kaliyah Mitchell. The sophomore continued to settle into her starting role, recording her second double-double of her career and seventh double-figure scoring game of the season.

Tweets of the Game

At halftime and throughout the game, the Lady Lions took a moment to recognize fellow Penn State student-athletes during the #OneTeam celebration.

Game Notes

  • Kaliyah Mitchell’s 20 points also moved her over 300 career points, ending the night with 312.
  • Sophomore Peyton Whitted set a new career-high with 12 points.
  • Agee racked up 13 points for her fourth-straight double-digit scoring game of the season.
  • The Lady Lions improved to 32-9 all time against Indiana and 18-2 against the Hoosiers at home.

What’s Next?

Penn State will return to the Jordan Center to take on Northwestern (14-4, 4-3 B1G) at noon on Sunday.

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Zack Rickens

is a senior broadcast journalism student minoring in procrastination. He hails from the booming metropolis of Harrisburg and can usually be found eating Suzie Wong egg rolls. He enjoys long walks to the Phyrst and is probably ranting about sports on Twitter (@slickrick717). He can be reached at [email protected]

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