Lady Lions Upset No. 13 Tennessee 70-56
Penn State (3-1) stayed home for an out-of-conference matchup against the No. 13 Tennessee Lady Vols. Penn State was coming off two straight wins over Saint Peter’s and Akron, respectively, while Tennessee (3-1) came into today’s matchup winning three games in a row where it averaged 83 points per game during the streak. The hot shooting from the Lady Lions was instrumental in upsetting the Lady Vols 70-56.
How It Happened
After Tennessee opened the game with an easy two-point bucket, Penn State took control for the next five minutes going on an 11-2 run with three-point buckets from Teniya Page, Amari Carter, and Kaliyah Mitchell. The Lady Vols struggled shooting the ball early in the game, especially in the paint, going 6-20 in the first quarter from the field. The Lady Lions led after the first quarter 15-14.
Both teams traded baskets in the early stages of the second quarter highlighted by a gorgeous scoop layup from Page at the 5:46 mark to give the Lady Lions a 19-16 lead. Penn State’s 2-3 zone on defense was outstanding in the second quarter, forcing Tennessee to take tough shots and limiting the Lady Vols to 1-11 from beyond the arc in the first half.
Penn State took control in the second quarter. In addition to the phenomenal defense, which held the Lady Vols to only 3-16 shooting in the quarter, the Lions shot the ball well to build its lead. Penn State went into the locker room with an impressive 33-20 advantage over the No. 13 team in the country after outscoring Tennessee 18-6 in the second quarter.
Tennessee came out of the break looking to make adjustments to break down Penn State’s zone. The Lady Vols’ ball movement to the inside was much more crisp to start the third, which led to it starting the frame on a 7-2 run, but a timely Page three ball and layup from Sierra Moore helped momentarily stop Tennessee’s momentum. The Lady Vols began to string together buckets late in the third quarter and cut Penn State’s lead down to four heading into the fourth and final quarter.
The fourth quarter started and Page picked up right where she left off, scoring the Lady Lions first six points of the quarter. Page and the rest of the Lady Lions caught fire shooting from the field at the beginning of the quarter as the team went on a 13-0 run to start the final frame. The Lady Lions did a great job of controlling the clock after it built a double-digit lead late in the game.
Penn State, specifically Page, had an answer for everything that Tennessee threw at them. The sophomore finished with a game-high 26 points capped by a late three-pointer as the Lady Lions completed the upset over No. 13 Tennessee 70-56.
Player Of The Game
Teniya Page | Sophomore | Guard
The sophomore was outstanding shooting the ball for the Lady Lions today. Page scored a game-high 29 points including three triples and tallied four rebounds in Penn State’s upset victory over No. 13 Tennessee.
Penn State plays the final game of its current four-game homestand on Tuesday against St. Bonaventure. Tipoff at the Bryce Jordan Center is scheduled for 6 p.m.