Lady Lion Preview — Illinois

<B>Hoop Preview &#151; Illinois</B> <P><B>Illinois @ Penn State </B> <P><B>Bryce Jordan Center</B>

Game Time: 7:15 p.m.

Records: Penn State 8-6, 3-0; Illinois 10-3, 2-1

Coaches: Rene Portland is 570-199 in her 25th season at Penn State and 657-228 overall. Theresa Grentz is 168-119 in her 10th year at Illinois and 629-274 overall.

Series: Penn State leads 16-9.

Last meeting: The Lady Lions beat Illinois 79-64 last January.

Last time out: Penn State beat Wisconsin (67-58) Saturday. The Illini defeated Northwestern (73-65) on Sunday.

TV: WPSX and CSTV (Kellie Goodman, Margo Plotzke)

Radio: Penn State Sports Network (Jerry Fisher, Matt McDonald)

Next up: Penn State visits Indiana Sunday. Illinois hosts Wisconsin the same day.

Probable Starters:

Penn State — G Jess Strom, 5-7 Sr. (14.4 ppg), G Tanisha Wright, 5-11 Sr. (20.1 ppg), G Jennifer Harris, 6-0 So. (12.2 ppg), F Ashli Schwab, 6-3 Sr. (6.4 ppg), F Amanda Brown, 6-4 So. (8.3 ppg).

Illinois — G Maggie Acuna, 5-6 Jr. (2.2 ppg), G Tiffanie Guthrie, 5-10 Sr. (16.1 ppg), F Angelina Williams, 5-9 Sr. (18.8 ppg), F Danyel Crutcher, 6-2 Fr. (8.8 ppg), F Brittney Daughtery, 6-2 Jr. (2.4 ppg).

Quick Quiz: After playing together at Immaculata College, where did Portland and Grentz begin their coaching careers?

Penn State Notes:

• Strom was named Big Ten Player of the Week for her efforts in Penn State’s road wins against Iowa and Wisconsin last week. She dropped a career-high 29 points in the Lady Lions’ win against previously unbeaten Iowa and leads the Big Ten, averaging 5.5 assists per game.

• Wright leads the Big Ten in scoring with an average of 20.1 points per game. She needs 26 points to move into fifth all time in Lady Lions’ history.

• The Lady Lions last lost a Big Ten game at home on Feb. 10, 2002. They are 68-7 at the Bryce Jordan Center since the 1999-2000 season.

• Stat Watch: Penn State’s rebounding margin, -0.9.

Illinois Notes:

• Illinois’ 10 wins this season matches last year’s total.

• The Illini’s 6-1 record on the road is their best start away from Assembly Hall in school history.

• Illinois has upset two ranked teams already this season (No. 21 Louisiana Tech and No. 16 UCLA).

• Stat Watch: Illinois’ rebounding margin, +6.6.

Quiz Answer: Both Portland and Grentz got their starts in coaching at St. Joseph’s after playing together and leading Immaculata College to three consecutive AIAW national titles.

FOS Prediction: Penn State 74, Illinois 66

Comment: While the Illini are much improved from a year ago, winning at the Bryce Jordan Center is probably asking too much.

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