Lady Lion Preview — Indiana

<P><B>Indiana @ No. 25 Penn State <P>Bryce Jordan Center <P>Game Time: 7:00 p.m., Thursday

Records: Penn State 14-8, 9-2; Indiana 9-12, 2-9.

Coaches: Rene Portland is 576-201 in her 25th season at Penn State and 663-230 overall. Kathi Bennett is 71-69 in her fifth season at Indiana and 295-172 overall.

Series: Penn State is 22-3 all-time against Indiana.

Last meeting: Penn State beat Indiana 65-44 in January.

Last time out: Penn State lost at Purdue 50-44 Sunday while Indiana lost 78-46 to Ohio State the same day.

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

Next up: Penn State travels to Illinois Sunday while Indiana travels to Northwestern the same day.

Probable Starters:

Penn State - G Jess Strom, 5-7 Sr. (15.6 ppg), G Tanisha Wright, 5-11 Sr. (19.9 ppg), G Jennifer Harris, 6-0 So. (11.3 ppg), F Ashli Schwab, 6-3 Sr. (6.3 ppg), F Amanda Brown, 6-4 So. (7.1 ppg).

Indiana- G Cyndi Valentin, 5-8 Jr. (15.5 ppg), G LeeAnn Stephenson, 5-6 Sr. (6.4 ppg), G Annika Boyd, 5-10 So. (4.9 ppg), F Jamie Gathing, 6-0 Sr. (5.5 ppg), F Angela Hawkins, 6-3 Jr. (5.9 ppg).

Quick Quiz: Who is the only Lady Lions' player from the state of Indiana?

Penn State Notes:

• Wright scored a season-low six points Purdue on Sunday. It was the first time she failed to reach double-digits in 23 games.

• The Lady Lions scored a season-low 17 points in the first half against the Boilermakers.

• Strom's lone 3-pointer against Purdue put her in a tie for third all-time in 3-pointers made among Lady Lions with Tiffany Longworth.

• Wright leads the Big Ten in scoring, averaging 19.9 points per game.

• Stat Watch: Penn State is shooting 78.8 percent from the free throw line.

Indiana Notes:

• The Hoosiers are 0-11 all-time at the BJC.

• Indiana ranks last in the Big Ten in scoring, averaging 51.4 points per game.

• The Hoosiers rank first in the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to shoot just 36 percent from the floor.

• 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.

• The Hoosiers rank last in the conference in field goal percentage, assists and steals.

• Stat Watch: Indiana is shooting 71.3 percent from the free throw line.

Quiz Answer: Adrienne Squire is from Indian Creek, Ind.

FOS Prediction: Penn State 62, Indiana 51

Comment: The Lady Lions are just too tough at home, especially facing an overmatched Indiana squad.


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