Lady Lions Preview: Indiana

<B>Lady Lions @ Indiana <P>Assembly Hall</B> <P><B>Game Time: </B>2:00 p.m., Jan. 16

Records: Penn State 9-6, 4-0; Indiana 8-6, 1-3

Coaches: Rene Portland is 571-199 in her 25th season at Penn State and 658-228 overall. Kathi Bennett is 70-63 in her fifth year at Indiana and 294-166 overall.

Series: Penn State leads 21-3

Last meeting: The Lady Lions beat Indiana 79-66 last March.

Last time out: Penn State beat Illinois (76-41) Thursday. The Hoosiers defeated Northwestern (53-42) the same day.

TV: WIUT-TV (John McGuire, Jennifer Forney)

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

Next up: Penn State hosts Purdue on Thursday. Indiana hosts Ohio State Thursday.

Probable Starters:

Penn State — G Jess Strom, 5-7 Sr. (14.3 ppg), G Tanisha Wright, 5-11 Sr. (19.9 ppg), G Jennifer Harris, 6-0 So. (13.0 ppg), F Ashli Schwab, 6-3 Sr. (6.3 ppg), F Amanda Brown, 6-4 So. (8.0 ppg).

Indiana — G Cyndi Valentin, 5-8 Jr. (16.7 ppg), G LeeAnn Stephenson, 5-6 Sr. (6.6 ppg), F Jamie Gathing, 6-0 Sr. (5.5 ppg), F Leah Enterline, 5-9 So. (4.6 ppg), F Angela Hawkins, 6-3 Jr. (4.4 ppg).

Quick Quiz: When was the last time Indiana beat the Lady Lions?

Penn State Notes:

• Wright is 10 points away from moving into a tie with Angie Potthoff for fifth all-time on the Lady Lions’ scoring list. She is leading the Big Ten in scoring (19.9 ppg).

• Portland said Indiana’s offense should look familiar to the Lady Lions. “You’d be surprised how many plays they have that are our’s,” she said. “We’re going to see how well we know our own playbook.”

• The Lady Lions rank last in the Big Ten in defensive rebounds, but they outrebounded Illinois 40-22.

• Stat Watch: Penn State is allowing 67.3 points per game, which is ninth in the conference.

Indiana Notes:

• The Hoosiers are undefeated (6-0) at home this year.

• Indiana is the worst offensive team in the Big Ten, shooting just 35.4 percent from the field and putting up just 53.2 points per game.

• Indiana has been without its leading scorer and rebounder from a year ago. Jenny DeMuth tore her ACL during practice before the season began and is out for the season. She averaged 18.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game last year.

• Stat Watch: Indiana ranks first in scoring defense in the Big Ten, allowing 51.1 points per game.

Quiz Answer: The Hoosiers last beat Penn State in the finals of the 2002 Big Ten Tournament.

FOS Prediction: Penn State 66, Indiana 53

Comment: Indiana lacks the offensive weapons to stay in the game with the Lady Lions. Penn State will look to build momentum going into Thursday’s game against Purdue.

FOS Prediction Record: 1-0


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