PSU Edges Iowa in Women's Tourney

Penn State edged out Iowa 68-66 despite being down 10-points in the second-half to advance to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals against Michigan State on Sunday. The game was played in front of 5,701 at Conseco Fieldhouse. The Lady Lions defeated MSU earlier this year, 73-56, at the Bryce Jordan Center.

LADY LIONS WIN A THRILLER IN INDY, DOWN IOWA 68-66 Advance to semifinals; will face Michigan State on Sunday at 6 p.m.

Penn State had their ups and downs in this game, shooting just 36 percent from the field, compared to the Hawkeyes' 53 percent, but gained the edge on rebounds 40-29.

Jess Strom (Munhall, Pa.) led all scorers with 21 points, 13 in the second half. Tanisha Wright (West Mifflin, Pa.) added 17 for the Lions.

Wright chipped in a season-high tying seven assists and five boards. Ashli Schwab (Myerstown, Pa.) tallied her second double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 boards.

After falling behind by as many as 10 points with 14:44 left to play in the game, Penn State outscored Iowa, 23-12 over the next 11 minutes and took the lead when Wright scored on a driving layup at the 3:11 mark to put Penn State up, 60-59.

Iowa tied it up, but Wright answered with a jumper which put Penn State up 62-60 with a little over two minutes left. Penn State never lost the lead from that point, despite missing three of their final four shots.

Around the rest of the Big Ten Tournament today, No. 1 seed Ohio State destroyed No. 8 Wisconsin, 70-46, while No. 4 Minnesota edged out No. 5 Purdue, 71-68.

The Buckeyes and Golden Gophers will meet at 3:30 p.m. on FSN Chicago and FSN Pittsburgh on Sunday.

On the bottom side of the bracket, No. 2 Michigan State escaped No. 7 Illini, 61-50.

The Spartans will face Penn State in the tournament's other quarterfinal on Sunday at 6 p.m.

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