Lady Lion Preview — @ Illinois

<B>No. 25 Penn State @ Illinois <P>Assembly Hall <P>Game Time: 3:00 p.m., Sunday

Records: Penn State 15-8, 10-2; Illinois 13-9, 5-4.

Coaches: Rene Portland is 577-201 in her 25th season at Penn State and 664-230 overall. Theresa Grentz is 171-125 in her 10th year at Illinois and 632-280 overall.

Series: Penn State is 12-7 all-time against Illinois.

Last meeting: Penn State beat Illinois 76-41 at the Jordan Center Jan. 13.

Last time out: Penn State beat Indiana 67-45 Thursday while Illinois lost 65-60 to Wisconsin on the same day.

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

Next up: Penn State plays host to Wisconsin Thursday while Illinois enterains Northwestern Wednesday.

Probable Starters:

Penn State - G Jess Strom, 5-7 Sr. (15.1 ppg), G Tanisha Wright, 5-11 Sr. (19.5 ppg), G Jennifer Brenden, 5-10 Sr. (4.3 ppg), F Ashli Schwab, 6-3 Sr. (6.3 ppg), F Amanda Brown, 6-4 So. (7.3 ppg).

Illinois- G Maggie Acuna, 5-6 Jr. (1.9 ppg), G Tiffanie Guthrie, 5-10 Sr. (15.9 ppg), F Angelina Williams, 5-9 Sr. (19.3 ppg), F Erin Wigley, 6-1 So. (8.1 ppg), F Brittney Daugherty, 6-2 Jr. (2.2 ppg).

Quick Quiz: What Lady Lion is averaging the most points against Illinois for her career?

Penn State Notes:

• Penn State is 13-3 when it shoots 40 percent or better.

• The Lady Lions are ranked No. 22 in the most recent Summerville RPI ratings.

• Strom is fifth in the Big Ten in 3-point shooting percentage, knocking down 39.3 percent of her attempts from the arc.

• Schwab is fourth in the conference in offensive rebounds, averaging 2.83 per game.

• Harris scored a career-high 26 points in Penn State's win against Illinois earlier this season.

• Stat Watch: Penn State is shooting 79 percent from the line, which is the best in the conference.

Illinois Notes:

• Illinois is the worst 3-point shooting team in the conference, hitting just 27 percent of its attempts the arc.

• Williams recently became the conference's leading scorer, averaging 19.6 points per game.

• Guthrie failed to reach double digits scoring for the first time in 20 games against Wisconsin when she managed just seven points.

• The Illini blew a 28-20 halftime lead against Wisconsin.

• Illinois shot just 31.5 percent from the floor against Penn State the first time the two teams met.

• Stat Watch: Illinois is shooting 69 percent from the line, ninth in the conference.

Quiz Answer: Jennifer Harris is averaging 15.5 points per game against the Illini.

FOS Prediction: Illinois 60, Penn State 56.

Comment: The Lady Lions have struggled on the road all season and Illinois likely remembers being humiliated at the Jordan Center earlier this season.

FOS Prediction Record: 8-1.


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