Without Strom, who was ill and did not make the trip, the Lady Lions struggled to find their rhythm offensively, falling behind by as much as 26 points with a little over 16 minutes to go in the half. The Lady Lions mounted a furious second-half rally, fueled in part by the play of freshmen Adrienne Squire and Lisa Etienne and cut the lead to nine with 4:43 to go in the game. It was as close as Penn State would get as Northwestern held off the Lady Lions for the remainder of the contest.
Penn State was also plagued by foul trouble. Tanisha Wright and Amanda Brown both had four fouls early in the second half.
Wright led the way for Penn State with 17 points.
Penn State stumbled out of the blocks early vs. Northwestern, struggling to find the bottom of the basket through the first half.
Without Strom, the Lady scored a season-low 18 first half points. On the defensive end Penn State gave up 37 in the period, the most points given up in the first half by Penn State since Baylor scored 52 before the break on Dec. 11. The Lady Lions shot just 27 percent from the field while Northwestern hit 57 percent of its shot attempts. The real discrepancy, however, came under the boards as the Wildcats pulled down 25 rebounds in the half to the Lady Lions' nine.
The Lady Lions return home to face No. 10 Minnesota on Sunday at 1 p.m. EST.
The contest will air live on FSN Chicago and at 2 p.m. on FSN Pitt. Fans can also hear the game on the Penn State Sports Network, along with www.GoPSUsports.com, where the GameTracker feature is also available. The game against the Golden Gophers will mark the 11th time Penn State has squared off against a ranked opponent this year. The Lady Lions have defeated five top 25 teams and three top 10 teams, including Big Ten foes Ohio State and Michigan State.
Sundays game has been tabbed "Bobblehead Day," and the first 2,000 fans through the gates will receive a free Lion mascot bobblehead, courtesy of 611 Open MRI.