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Lady Lions Burn Out Down The Stretch In Loss To No. 9 Maryland

Penn State women’s basketball (9-9, 2-5 Big Ten) once again kept it close on the road with No. 9 Maryland, but couldn’t piece together a quality fourth quarter in a 79-67 loss.

The Terrapins (16-2, 5-2 Big Ten) used a huge shooting game from Taylor Mikesell, who finished with 23 points, and a near double-double from Kaila Charles to avoid the upset.

How It Happened

The Lady Lions couldn’t have gotten off to a worse start from the field — shooting about 19 percent and trailing Maryland 21-8 at the end of the first quarter.

But a huge second quarter, which ended with guards Teniya Page and Siyeh Frazier scoring nine points, helped the Lady Lions go into the break tied 35-35.

Penn State hung around through the third quarter, holding a lead late in the period, but a 10-0 run heading into the fourth opened up an eight-point lead for the Terrapins.

That’s all Maryland really needed as it kept the Lady Lions at arm’s length through the rest of the game — taking its largest lead of the night at 15 points with less than a minute remaining.

Page, who finished with 20 points, went quiet in that final stretch as the Terrapins earned the 79-67 win.


  • Teniya Page sat out the first seven minutes of the game for what the ESPN broadcast described was a “violation of team rules.”
  • What allowed Penn State to hang around was its ability to rebound against one of the best rebounding teams in the nation, which certainly hasn’t always been a strong suit this season, including in its loss earlier this year against the Terrapins.

What’s Next

The Lady Lions are back in action Thursday at 8 p.m. on the road against Wisconsin (10-8 1-5 Big Ten).

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Unfortunately, former editor Steve Connelly has graduated. Where is he now? He might be doing something related to that PR degree he got in 2019. Maybe he finally opened that sports bar named after one of his photos, the Blurry Zamboni. Or he might just be eating chicken tenders and couch surfing. Anything’s possible. If you really want to know, follow him on Twitter @slc2o.

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