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Lady Lions Dominate Youngstown State 78-58

Penn State women’s basketball (6-5, 1-1 Big Ten) took down Youngstown State (8-1) 78-58 Sunday afternoon at the Bryce Jordan Center.

It was an all-around effort for the Lady Lions as Leilani Kapinus, Anna Camden and Makenna Marisa were all double-digit scorers. On the other side of the court, Shay Hagans dominated defensively after registering a game high six steals.

How It Happened

The Lady Lions won the tip, but it was Youngstown State who got the first bucket of the game. After their first bucket, the Penguins quickly found their grove. They shot 5-for-7 from the field and forced two turnovers in just the first four minutes of the game.

After a timeout from Coach Kieger, the Lady Lions applied pressure with the full-court press and were finally able to get a few buckets thanks to Ali Brigham and Leilani Kapinus. The timeout turned things around as it was all Penn State for the rest of the first quarter. The Lady Lions finished the quarter forcing four turnovers and outscoring the Penguins 12-2 to bring this game within two.

Anna Camden drained one from beyond the arc and gave the Lady Lions its first lead of the day to start the second quarter. Kapinus and Makenna Marisa joined in and hit two easy buckets in the paint that increased Penn State’s lead to six mid-way through the quarter.

The Lady Lions kept up the pressure and scoring as they gained a double-digit lead after a steal from Shay Hagans followed by a fast break lay-up by Tova Sabel. After only scoring one point in the first seven minutes of the second, Youngstown State finally put up some points from the charity stripe all thanks to Malia Magestro.

Kapinus finished out the quarter with an easy lay-up for Penn State, as it entered the locker room with a 36-23 lead over the Penguins.

Both teams struggled to get things going in the second half. Youngstown State shot 0-for-8 from the field in the first three minutes of the second half. Penn State was able to score, but not without shooting 1-for-5 and two turnovers.

After a quiet and slow third quarter, the Penguins found their first-quarter selves again and went on an impressive 9-4 run to finish out the third. However, the Lady Lions still held a double-digit lead entering the final ten minutes of action.

It was all Shay Hagans to begin the fourth as scored three easy lay-ups, registered three steals, and even added an offensive board during the first minute of action. Just like that, the Lady Lions opened up the fourth with an 11-0 run.

The Lady Lions cooled down as both teams began trading buckets. Camden hit her third three of the night and extended the lead to 20 for Penn State. The Penguins answered quickly with a three and scored eleven straight points of their own.

The Penguins tried to make a last-minute push, but it was too little too late as Penn State handed them their first loss of the season.

Takeaways

  • The second quarter may have been one of the best quarters for the Lady Lions this season. Penn State’s defense only allowed seven points to this undefeated Penguins squad.
  • Shay Hagans was a beast defensively today. She had a team high of six steals and even put up nine points while shooting 50% from the field.
  • Carolyn Kieger decided to leave Ali Brigham out of the starting lineup today and opted more for a small-ball line up. The game plan certainly worked as Penn State gave Youngstown State its first loss of the season.

What’s Next?

The Lady Lions will travel to Pittsburgh next Saturday, December 18 to take on Duquesne. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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