Lady Lion Pre — @ Ohio State

<P><B>No. 22 Penn State @ No. 4 Ohio State <P>Value City Arena <P>Game Time: 6:00 p.m., Sunday

Records: Penn State 18-8, 13-2; Ohio State 26-3, 13-2.

Coaches: Rene Portland is 580-201 in her 25th season at Penn State and 667-230 overall. Jim Foster is 69-23 in his third season at Ohio State and 573-248 overall.

Series: Penn State is 30-8 all-time against Ohio State.

Last meeting: Penn State beat Ohio State 69-62 at the Jordan Center Dec. 30.

Last time out: Penn State beat Northwestern 83-56 last Sunday while Ohio State beat Purdue 57-51 Thursday.

TV: FSN Pittsburgh at 8:00, FSN Chicago and FSN Ohio at 10:00.

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

Next up: The Big Ten tournament begins on March 3.

Probable Starters:

Penn State - G Jess Strom, 5-7 Sr. (15.6 ppg), G Tanisha Wright, 5-11 Sr. (19.3 ppg), G Jennifer Brenden, 5-10 Sr. (4.6 ppg), F Ashli Schwab, 6-3 Sr. (6.2 ppg), F Amanda Brown, 6-4 So. (7.1 ppg).

Ohio State - G Ashley Allen, 5-8 Sr. (3.9 ppg), G Caity Matter, 5-9 Sr. (13.7 ppg), G Brandie Hoskins, 5-9 So. (12.4 ppg), F Michelle Munoz, 5-11 Jr. (4.8 ppg), C Jessica Davenport 6-4 So. (19.2 ppg).

Quick Quiz: What is the Lady Lions' record this year against Top-25 opponents?

Penn State Notes:

• Penn State finished undefeated at home for the second time in three years with its win over Northwestern.

• The winner of this game earns a share of the Big Ten regular season championship with Michigan State.

• Brown set a career-high with 14 rebounds against Northwestern.

• Wright leads the conference in scoring, averaging 19.3 points per game.

• The Lady Lions are the best free throw shooting team in the conference, hitting 78 percent of their attempts.

• Stat Watch: Penn State shoots 42.2 percent from the floor.

Ohio State Notes:

• Ohio State is 16-0 at home this season.

• The Buckeyes are 24-0 when leading at the half.

• Ohio State leads the Big Ten in scoring offense, averaging 73.1 points per game.

• Davenport is second in the Big Ten in scoring, putting up 19.2 points per game.

• Matter is shooting a Big Ten best 46 percent from beyond the arc.

• Ohio State commits fewer fouls per game than any team in the country.

• Stat Watch: Ohio State shoots 51.6 percent from the floor (best in the nation).

Quiz Answer: Penn State is 4-6 against ranked opponents this year.

FOS Prediction: Ohio State 70, Penn State 63.

Comment: The Buckeyes could be too tough at home for Penn State, and they will be looking to avenge their loss at the Bryce Jordan Center earlier this season.

FOS Prediction Record: 10-2.


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