Senior guard/forward Julia Trogele and sophomore center Nikki Greene led the PSU charge as each posted double-doubles in the contest. The Lady Lions also got a boost from some impressive rebounding efforts and edged out Illinois 49-29 on the boards. Despite the advantage on the glass, Illinois refused to go away, pulling together a 7-0 with 12 minutes left to grab a 45-40 lead.
However, with just under five and a half minutes left PSU managed to go ahead 59-54 thanks to a 13-2 run. Yet, Illinois dug in, managing to lock things up at 65-65. And with a mere 9.1 second left Trogele hit an open layup to seal the victory.
Aside from hitting the last-second shot, Trogele had an impressive outing for PSU, tying her career-high of 19 points while pulling down 11 rebounds.
The Lady Lions return to the Bryce Jordan Center this Sunday at 2 pm to face Ohio State. The game is scheduled to air live on the Big Ten Network.
- The Lady Lions had a strong free throw effort on the night hitting an impressive 17 of 19 from the foul line.
- With this victory, Penn State has tied their win total of 17 from last season. They still have eight regular season games remaining.
- Trogele posted her fourth double-double outing of this season, raising her career total to eight overall.
- With a 6-2 record in conference play, PSU is now tied for first in the Big Ten with Michigan State, Michigan and Wisconsin.