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Penn State Women’s Basketball Suffers Heartbreaking 69-67 Loss To La Salle

Penn State women’s basketball (3-2) suffered a devastating 69-67 loss to La Salle (4-1) Sunday afternoon at the Bryce Jordan Center. The Explorers overcame an 18-point deficit entering the fourth quarter and retook the lead with ten seconds remaining.

Kamaria McDaniel’s career high 25 points wasn’t enough to hold off a fourth quarter surge from La Salle’s offense. The lack of offensive production and lazy defense in the second half led to La Salle’s comeback effort.

How It Happened

The Lady Lions couldn’t find the net on their first two possessions, as they gave way for a quick five points for La Salle. Siyeh Frazier finally put points on the board with a layup, and a quick four points from Kamaria McDaniel evened the score early.

Anna Camden hit a buzzer-beater three to close out the first quarter and gave the Lady Lions a 17-14 advantage going into the second. Kamaria McDaniel and Lauren Ebo led the way at this point, with four points each. Ebo also came up with three defensive rebounds in the quarter.

Kamaria McDaniel stole the show early in the second quarter. She put up seven points and extended the Lady Lions’ lead to a 31-16 at the midway point of the quarter. Her electric performance continued into the half, as she shot 7-10 from the field with 17 points.

The Lady Lions started to run away with the game heading into halftime. They shot 47% from the field, and impressively made all 11 free throws they attempted in the half. They led 41-21 going into the locker room.

Siyeh Frazier kicked off the third quarter with a layup for the Lady Lions, followed quickly by another Kamaria McDaniel bucket. Unfortunately, the scoring slowed down here. Penn State didn’t find the net again until the 4:55 mark in the quarter when it bolstered the lead back to 47-31 with a Mya Bembry jumper.

The Lady Lions snapped their scoring drought with a handful of scoring — including a smooth fast break layup from Kamaria McDaniel. Defensively, McDaniel also led the team with two blocks heading into the fourth quarter, and Mya Bembry picked up seven rebounds and a steal.

La Salle continued to claw its way back during the fourth quarter and erased Penn State’s previous 18-point lead. The Explorers took the lead with 10 seconds on the clock.

Penn State was not able to catch up with La Salle’s fast-paced play and didn’t make a field goal for over four minutes towards the end of the game. The Lady Lions were not able to come up with answers in the final two possessions and let the Explorers steal a victory. Lauren Ebo was blocked with 2.3 seconds remaining, all but sealing the Lady Lion’s fate.

Takeaways

  • Kamaria McDaniel took the game into her own hands for the Lady Lions, as she finished with 25 points. Her explosive play at the start of the second quarter helped Penn State pull away from La Salle and created a 20-point lead at half time.
  • Alisia Smith was back in the starting lineup today for the first time all season. She suffered a season-ending achilles injury in February, and her team-best 7.1 rebounds per game have been missing from the lineup.
  • Although Lauren Ebo finished with 12 points, she struggled offensively under the basket. She was only 3-11 from the field, with the majority of her points coming from free throws. She was a perfect 6-6 from the line, but the Lady Lions would benefit from her being able to put more points on the board from field goal range.
  • The Lady Lions got too complacent with their lead and let the Explorers run all over them in the third and fourth quarters. They only put up 26 points in the second half, compared to 41 in the first.

What’s Next

The Lady Lions will host Clemson at the Bryce Jordan Center on Thursday November 21. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

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Ryan Parsons

Ryan is a senior business and journalism major from "Philadelphia" and is Onward State's social media manager. He writes about a lot of things, including football and hoops. If you want to gain absolutely nothing, you can follow him on Twitter @rjparsons9. Say hi via email at [email protected]

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