Coaches: Rene Portland is 574-199 in her 25th season at Penn State and 661-228 overall. Beth Combs is 4-16 in her first season at Northwestern and 48-61 overall.
Series: Penn State leads the all-time series 21-4.
Last meeting: Penn State beat Northwestern 64-51 on Feb. 1 of last year.
Radio: Penn State Sports Network (Jerry Fisher, Matt McDonald)
Penn State G Jess Strom, 5-7 Sr. (14.9 ppg), G Tanisha Wright, 5-11 Sr. (20.2 ppg), G Jennifer Harris, 6-0 So. (12.4 ppg), F Ashli Schwab, 6-3 Sr. (6.3 ppg), F Amanda Brown, 6-4 So. (7.8 ppg).
Northwestern G Samantha McComb, 5-8 Sr. (7.2 ppg), G Sara Stutz, 6-0 Fr. (7.8 ppg), F Ifeoma Okonkwo, 5-10 Jr. (12.6 ppg), F Melissa Miller, 6-1 Fr. (4.3 ppg), C Sarah Kwasinski, 6-4 Sr. (12.6 ppg).
Quick Quiz: How many consecutive wins do the Lady Lions have over Northwestern?
Penn State Notes:
Wright was chosen as one of 20 players on the Wooden Womens Award midseason watch list.
Wright was also named Big Ten co-Player of the Week for the second straight week. She averaged 23 points per game in wins against Purdue and Michigan State.
The Lady Lions are ranked (No. 23) for the first time since Nov. 15.
Opponents are averaging 50.6 points per game against the Lady Lions in their last five games. The Lady Lions are 7-0 when allowing less than 60 points.
Stat Watch: Penn States turnover margin is +1.17.
The Wildcats are in a stretch that has them facing five straight ranked opponents.
Northwesterns opponents are averaging 6.6 more rebounds per game than the Wildcats. That is the worst margin of any Big Ten team.
The Wildcats are 0-12 when they attempt less free throws than their opponent.
Suzanne Morrison was Northwesterns leading scorer before she went down with a knee injury on Dec. 14. She saw action for the first time in the Wildcats last game against Ohio State.
Stat Watch: Northwesterns turnover margin is -2.75, worst in the conference.
Quiz Answer: Penn State has beaten Northwestern 12 straight times.
FOS Prediction: Penn State 73, Northwestern 60
Comment: The only way the Wildcats can keep this game competitive is if Penn State looks ahead to Minnesota. Even then, it could be tough.