Lady Lion Preview — @ Michigan

<B>No. 23 Penn State @ Michigan </B> <P><B>Crisler Arena</B> <P><B>Game Time: 7:00 p.m., Thursday</B>

Records: Penn State 13-7, 8-1; Michigan 5-15, 1-8.

Coaches: Rene Portland is 575-200 in her 25th season at Penn State and 662-229 overall. Cheryl Burnett is 19-32 in her second season at Michigan and 54-77 overall.

Series: Penn State leads the all-time series 18-5.

Last meeting: Penn State beat Michigan 73-44 in their second meeting last season at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Last time out: Penn State beat Minnesota 81-68 on Sunday while Michigan lost at Wisconsin 79-71 on the same day.

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

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

Probable Starters:

Penn State — G Jess Strom, 5-7 Sr. (15.1 ppg), G Tanisha Wright, 5-11 Sr. (20.7 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. (7.5 ppg).

Michigan — G Janelle Cooper, 5-10 Fr. (4.0 ppg), G Krista Clement, 5-9 Fr. (5.5 ppg), F Ta’Shia Walker, 6-0 Fr. (13.0 ppg), F Kelly Helvey, 5-11 So. (6.0 ppg), F Tabitha Pool, 6-1 Sr. (17.5 ppg).

Quick Quiz: Strom made all 15 of her free throws against Minnesota, setting a Lady Lions’ record for most free throws made in a game. Who held the previous record with 14 makes?

Penn State Notes:

• At her press conference Tuesday, Portland addressed what she thinks the team needs to work on at this point in the season. “I don’t like the way we play on the road,” she said. “We got bit by it again this past week (against Northwestern), and I brought it to their attention today that that’s something the NCAA committee is going to look at. So, as we head down this final stretch here, that has prime-time importance.”

• In two of the last three games, Wright and Strom alone have outscored the Lady Lions’ opponent in the second half.

• Penn State is 5-0 when Strom has eight or more assists. The Lady Lions are 5-6 when she has less than eight assists.

• The Lady Lions lead the conference in free-throw percentage, hitting 79.1 percent of their attempts from the charity stripe.

• Stat Watch: Penn State is averaging 13.9 turnovers per game.

Michigan Notes:

• Pool has posted nine double-doubles on the season, which ties her for the conference lead with Janel McCarville of Minnesota.

• The Wolverines set a school record with 12 field goals from beyond the arc in their loss to Wisconsin.

• Michigan leads the Big Ten in 3-pointers made in conference games, averaging 6.67 triples per.

• This is the only time Penn State and Michigan play this year, unless the teams meet in the postseason.

• The Wolverines start three freshmen. Penn State has four freshmen on its roster.

• Stat Watch: Michigan turns the ball over 18.4 times per game.

Quiz Answer: Lisa Shepherd.

FOS Prediction: Penn State 71, Michigan 60

Comment: Look for Strom and Wright to take advantage of Michigan’s freshmen guards. It would be surprising to see the Lady Lions drop two straight road games when the opponent is outmatched.


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