PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Lady Lions Fall Short Against No. 4 Tennessee, 74-66

The Lady Lions headed to Rocky Top in Knoxville, Tennessee to take on the No. 4 Lady Vols in the team’s third game of the season. Both teams came in undefeated, but that’s where the similarities end. The Lady Vols, representing one of the most iconic programs in all of college basketball, came into the matchup fresh off a 100 point performance despite playing only six players. The Lady Lions fought hard for four quarters and nearly upset the Tennessee, but the Lady Vols were able to put the game away in the final minute of the fourth quarter.

How It Happened

The first half was filled with back and forth action from both teams, both offensively and defensively. Brianna Banks, Penn State’s leading scorer, went down in the first quarter with an ankle injury, but the Lady Lions did not falter. Kaliyah Mitchell had the hot hand in the first quarter, hitting shots from the midrange and on the fast break to boost morale after losing Banks.

The Lady Vols put up 35 points in the first half thanks to the play of veteran Bashaara Graves, but conceded up a high number of turnovers. Both teams struggled in the foul category, and gave up a number of careless fouls offensively and defensively. The Vols seemed surprised by the quick defensive zone of the Lady Lions, allowing 30 first half points as they headed into the locker-room.

The second half featured the signature Lady Lion defense at work yet again. They limited offensive execution, keeping the Lady Vols in check on the glass. Peyton Whited came out firing in the second half, lighting up the stat sheet in every way she could. Whited saved some of her best basketball for one of the best teams in the nation, while the Lady Lion backcourt led the offensive charge. Ultimately, the Lady Vols put the Lady Lions away by a score of 74-66, but were tested throughout. Penn State was resilient against one of the toughest teams in the country.

Player of The Game

Payton Banks and Teniya Paige both made plays on both sides of the floor keeping the Lady Lions neck and neck with the Lady Vols. Whited walked away with a double-double, and Paige put up double figures thanks to hot shooting. Both teammates played an electrifying game against one of the best opponents they’ll see all season, boding well for the rest of the campaign.

What’s Next? 

The Lady Lions will take on Central Connecticut State on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Bryce Jordan Center.

About the Author

Tim Reams

is the HR Strategic Partner for Onward State, but he's still churning out the good photos and stories occasionally. He's a junior majoring in Labor Employment Relations, minoring in one too many things, and he'll probably become the next Onward State schmuck to go to law school. Tim comes from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area (yes where the TV show the office is based off of) and was raised a die hard fan of all things Penn State. For any inquiries or spamming email [email protected], or feel free to sliiiiide into his DMs on twitter @TPReams.


More by Tim

Piano Fight Club Lights Up BJC With Unique Set Filled With Firsts

The dueling piano group Piano Fight Club brought a brief and unique set to the BJC filled with some firsts for THON.

Natty Nittany: THON 2018 Edition

Brass Cadillacs Rocks The BJC With Throwback Ska Set


Incoming Penn State Track & Field Athlete Kristian Marche Shot To Death In Philadelphia

The incident surrounding Marche’s death is “under investigation,” according to the Philadelphia police department.

Former Women’s Gymnastics Coach Files Lawsuit Against Penn State Over Handling Of Abuse Allegations

Men’s Soccer Trio, Reading United Win PDL Eastern Conference Title, Fall Short Of National Championship

Penn State Hockey’s Evan Barratt, Aarne Talvitie Participate In World Junior Summer Showcase

Ally McHugh Wins 400 Medley National Championship

Student Life

Nike Releases New Penn State Sneakers

This year’s sneaker is available to purchase online for $109.99.

Penn State Parking Office Runs Into Student Permit Purchase Issues

Girirajan Lab Seeks To Bridge The Gap Between Fly And Human Genomes

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Onward State is hiring for the fall semester and we’d love to have you join us.

Fall Move-In Traffic & Construction Changes

When 40,000 students need to move back to State College over the course of four days or so, things are bound to get crazy.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Assessing Penn State’s Front Seven Following Tuesday’s Medical Retirements

Penn State’s defensive line rotation will be shaken up following Ryan Buchholz’s medical retirement from football, while the coaching staff is letting the linebackers duel it out during camp.

Send this to a friend