Lady Lion Preview: Minnesota

<B>No. 12 Minnesota @ No. 23 Penn State</B> <P><B>Bryce Jordan Center</B> <P><B>Game Time: 1:00 p.m., Sunday</B>

Records: Penn State 12-7, 7-1; Minnesota 16-3, 6-1

Coaches: Rene Portland is 574-200 in her 25th season at Penn State and 661-229 overall. Pam Borton is 66-18 in her third season at Minnesota and 168-69 overall.

Series: Penn State leads the all-time series 18-3.

Last meeting: Minnesota beat Penn State 74-56 on Feb. 8, 2004.

Last time out: Penn State lost its first Big Ten game of the season to Northwestern 59-48 on Thursday while Minnesota beat Illinois 80-68 last Sunday.

TV: FSN Pittsburgh (tape delay at 2:00 p.m.), FSN Detroit, FSN Chicago, FSN North

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

Next up: Penn State travels to Michigan Thursday while Minnesota hosts Iowa on the same day.

Probable Starters:

Penn State — G Jess Strom, 5-7 Sr. (14.9 ppg), G Tanisha Wright, 5-11 Sr. (20.1 ppg), G Jennifer Harris, 6-0 So. (11.9 ppg), F Ashli Schwab, 6-3 Sr. (6.3 ppg), F Amanda Brown, 6-4 So. (7.7 ppg).

Minnesota — G Shannon Schonrock, 5-6 Jr. (10.6 ppg), G April Calhoun, 5-8 Jr. (6.3 ppg), F Jamie Broback, 6-3 So. (13.1 ppg), F Shannon Bolden, 5-11 Jr. (6.2 ppg), C Janel McCarville, 6-2 Sr. (15.6 ppg),

Quick Quiz: Strom needs four more 3-pointers to move into a tie for third all-time at Penn State. Who is currently in third place?

Penn State Notes:

• The Lady Lions are 10-0 all-time at home against Minnesota.

• Penn State’s loss to Northwestern snapped a six-game winning streak.

• The Lady Lions have not last back to back games since their three-game losing streak in November.

• Fans are encouraged to wear white for the game, and the first 2,000 fans will receive a Nittany Lion mascot bobblehead.

• Stat Watch: Penn State is allowing 64.6 points per game

Minnesota Notes:

• The Golden Gophers had off Thursday and have had an entire week to prepare for their matchup against the Lady Lions.

• Minnesota’s 6-1 record in the conference is its best start since the 1982-83 season.

• Sophomore Kelly Roysland came off the bench to score a career-high 19 points in Minnesota’s win against Illinois.

• Bolden leads the Big Ten in 3-point shooting percentage, hitting 48.6 percent of her attempts from beyond the arc.

• McCarville is the Big Ten’s leading rebounder, pulling down 10.2 boards per game.

• Stat Watch: Minnesota is allowing 53.1 points per game.

Quiz Answer: Tiffany Longworth.

FOS Prediction: Penn State 62, Minnesota 59

Comment: Look for the Lady Lions to rebound from their disappointing loss to Northwestern.


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