Lady Lion Pre — Northwestern

<P><B>Northwestern @ No. 24 Penn State <P>Bryce Jordan Center <P>Game Time: 2:00 p.m., Sunday

Records: Penn State 17-8, 12-2; Northwestern 5-21, 2-11.

Coaches: Rene Portland is 579-201 in her 25th season at Penn State and 666-230 overall. Beth Combs is 5-21 in her first season at Northwestern and 49-66 overall.

Series: Penn State is 20-5 all-time against Northwestern.

Last meeting: Northwestern upset Penn State 59-48 Jan. 27.

Last time out: Penn State beat Wisconsin 76-43 at home Thursday while Northwestern lost 68-33 to Illinois on Wednesday.

TV: WPSX, FSN Pittsburgh

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

Next up: Penn State travels to Ohio State a week from Sunday while Northwestern travels to Wisconsin Wednesday.

Probable Starters:

Penn State - G Jess Strom, 5-7 Sr. (15.6 ppg), G Tanisha Wright, 5-11 Sr. (19.2 ppg), G Jennifer Brenden, 5-10 Sr. (4.5 ppg), F Ashli Schwab, 6-3 Sr. (6.1 ppg), F Amanda Brown, 6-4 So. (7.1 ppg).

Northwestern - G Samantha McComb, 5-8 Sr. (7.0 ppg), G Sara Stutz, 6-0 Fr. (7.5 ppg), F Ifeoma Okonkwo, 5-10 Jr. (11.6 ppg), F Melissa Miller, 6-1 Fr. (4.1 ppg), C Sarah Kwasinski, 6-4 Sr. (11.6 ppg).

Quick Quiz: Wright is currently fourth all-time on the Lady Lions' scoring list. Who are the top three Penn State scorers of all-time?

Penn State Notes:

• Seniors Wright, Strom, Brenden, Schwab and Hazel Joseph will be playing their last regular-season game at the Jordan Center and will be honored before the tip.

• Penn State can win the Big Ten title for the third year in a row if its win its last two games against, Northwestern and at Ohio State.

• Strom did not make the trip to Northwestern earlier in the season because of the flu.

• With a win, the Lady Lions will have gone undefeated at home in two of the last three years.

• Brenden has been named to the ESPN Magazine Academic All-District Second Team, as selected by CoSIDA.

• Stat Watch: Penn State is shooting 78.4 percent from the line, best in the Big Ten.

Northwestern Notes:

• The Wildcats are 10th in the Big Ten in scoring defense, allowing 70.7 points per game.

• Northwestern's opponents are pulling down 5.8 more rebounds on average than the Wildcats. That is the worst rebounding margin in the conference.

• The Wildcats scored a season-low 33 points in their last game (against Illinois). They trailed 42-12 at halftime of that game.

• Northwestern has lost five straight games since upsetting Penn State Jan. 27.

• Okonkwo led all scorers with 19 points the first time the two teams met.

• Stat Watch: Northwestern is shooting 67.3 percent from the line, last in the Big Ten.

Quiz Answer: Kelly Mazzante, Susan Robinson and Kahadeejah Herbert hold the top three spots on the Lady Lions all-time scoring list.

FOS Prediction: Penn State 75, Northwestern 58

Comment: Look for the Lady Lions to come out fired up on Senior Day and easily avenge their loss to the Wildcats earlier this season.

FOS Prediction Record: 9-2.


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