Lady Lion Preview — Wisconsin

<P><B>Wisconsin @ No. 24 Penn State <P>Bryce Jordan Center <P>Game Time: 7:15 p.m., Thursday

Records: Penn State 16-8, 11-2; Wisconsin 10-12, 4-8.

Coaches: Rene Portland is 578-201 in her 25th season at Penn State and 665-230 overall. Lisa Stone is 20-29 in her second year at Wisconsin and 393-147 overall.

Series: Penn State is 19-4 all-time against Wisconsin.

Last meeting: Penn State beat Wisconsin 67-58 at the Kohl Center Jan. 8.

Last time out: Penn State beat Illinois 63-56 on the road Sunday while Wisconsin dropped its game to Michigan State 84-60 on the same day.

TV: WPSX, FSN Pittsburgh (Kellie Goodman, Margo Plotzke)

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

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

Probable Starters:

Penn State - G Jess Strom, 5-7 Sr. (15.3 ppg), G Tanisha Wright, 5-11 Sr. (19.5 ppg), G Jennifer Brenden, 5-10 Sr. (4.5 ppg), F Ashli Schwab, 6-3 Sr. (6.0 ppg), F Amanda Brown, 6-4 So. (7.2 ppg).

Wisconsin - G Jolene Anderson, 5-8 Fr. (17.9 ppg), G Stephanie Rich, 5-11 Sr. (10.8 ppg), G Janese Banks, 5-10 Fr. (10.2 ppg), F Annie Nelson, 6-1 Jr. (6.3 ppg), F Ebba Gebisa, 6-3 Sr. (4.0 ppg).

Quick Quiz: Wright needs 14 points to move into fourth place all-time on the Lady Lions' scoring list. Who is currently in fourth place?

Penn State Notes:

• Penn State is two wins away from going undefeated at home for the second time in three years.

• Wright's 19 points against Illinois put her back in first place in the Big Ten scoring race. Her 19.5 points per game is slightly better than Angelina Williams of Illinois, who is averaging 19.4.

• Brown tied a career-high with six blocks against Illinois.

• Wright is averaging 11.7 points per game in her last three games.

• Schwab had 12 points and 15 rebounds when Penn State played Wisconsin the first time.

• Stat Watch: In the teams' first matchup, the Lady Lions shot 16 for 35 from the field in the first half.

Wisconsin Notes:

• The Badgers are allowing the most points per game (73.2) in the Big Ten.

• Wisconsin is averaging 15.77 offensive rebounds per game, which is second in the conference.

• Anderson's 17.9 points per game is good enough for fourth in the Big Ten. She dropped 27 on the Lady Lions in the teams' first matchup.

• Stone said the Badgers will have to slow down Strom and Wright to compete with the Lady Lions. "Penn State brings probably the best one-two guard combo in the conference, in my mind," she said. "I think Jess Strom and Tanisha Wright are two very special players that lead their team. Jennifer Harris obviously is someone not to be forgotten. But those two, Strom and Wright, it's their senior year; they're making their push. They want a Big Ten championship. They play very well at home. The task is tall in front of us, yet it's one that we certainly are not afraid of."

• Wisconsin's opponents in the Big Ten are shooting 42 percent from beyond the.

• Stat Watch: In the teams' first matchup, Wisconsin shot 8 for 36 from the field in the first half.

Quiz Answer: Suzie McConnell

FOS Prediction: Penn State 72, Wisconsin 60

Comment: The Lady Lions will continue to play well at home against a team they already beat this year on the road.

FOS Prediction Record: 8-2.

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