Big Offensive Night Propels Lady Lions Past Northwestern 73-54
It’s been a rough year for the Lady Lions, but Penn State (10-16, 5-10) was able to pick up a road victory Wednesday night defeating the Northwestern Wildcats (14-13, 3-12) 73-54 in one of the more impressive offensive showings of the season.
How It Happened
The Lady Lions wasted little time, jumping out to a double-digit lead in the first quarter. Lindsey Spann was a big reason for the commanding advantage, going 4-for-4 from three and hitting two of those threes in the final minute of the opening quarter, extending Penn State’s lead from 19-14 to 25-14.
Penn State continued to pour it on in the second quarter but did so in a much more defensive fashion. The Lady Lions pressured Northwestern into taking tough shots, and held the Wildcats to just six points in the quarter. Meanwhile Penn State’s hot shooting continued with Candice Agee and Peyton Whitted both doing damage in the paint, helping the Lady Lions take a comfortable 41-20 lead into halftime.
Out of the break, Northwestern went on a 10-4 run thanks to back-to-back threes from Maggie Lyon, cutting Penn State’s lead to 45-30. But the Lady Lions quickly regained control, answering back with a Brianna Banks three. Kaliyah Mitchell carried the Lady Lions the rest of the way, leading the team with seven points in the third quarter and extending Penn State’s lead to 61-37 going into the final quarter.
The Wildcats outscored Penn State in the fourth, but it was too little too late for Northwestern, as the Lady Lions cruised to a 73-54 win.
Player Of The Game
Lindsey Spann | Sophomore | Guard
There were a number of Penn State players who had big nights, but Spann set the tone early for Lady Lions. The sophomore guard led all scorers with 18 and also added seven rebounds, four assists, one block and three steals in the victory.
The Lady Lions will look to make it two wins in a row as they head to Ann Arbor to take on Michigan at noon on February 20.