Game Time: 7:15 p.m.
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.
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.
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 States 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 States rebounding margin, -0.9.
Illinois 10 wins this season matches last years total.
The Illinis 6-1 record on the road is their best start away from Assembly Hall in school history.
Stat Watch: Illinois rebounding margin, +6.6.
Quiz Answer: Both Portland and Grentz got their starts in coaching at St. Josephs 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.