Coaches: Rene Portland is 581-202 in her 25th season at Penn State and 668-231 overall. Joanne P. McCallie is 94-55 in her fifth season at Michigan State and 261-128 overall.
Series: Penn State is 21-3 all-time against Michigan State.
Last meeting: Penn State beat Michigan State at the Bryce Jordan Center 73-56 Jan. 23
TV: FSN Pittsburgh and FSN Chicago
Radio: Penn State Sports Network (Jerry Fisher, Matt McDonald).
Next up: The winner of this game faces the winner of Ohio State-Minnesota for the championship Monday at 7 p.m.
Penn State - G Jess Strom, 5-7 Sr. (15.4 ppg), G Tanisha Wright, 5-11 Sr. (19.6 ppg), G Jennifer Brenden, 5-10 Sr. (4.4 ppg), F Ashli Schwab, 6-3 Sr. (6.2 ppg), F Amanda Brown, 6-4 So. (7.0 ppg).
Michigan State - G Victoria Lucas-Perry, 5-9 So. (6.2 ppg), G Lindsay Bowen, 5-7 Jr. (15.1 ppg), G Kristin Haynie, 5-8 Sr. (10.1 ppg), F Liz Shimek, 6-1 Jr. (14.7 ppg), C Kelly Roehrig, 6-4 Sr. (14.7 ppg).
Quick Quiz: How many points did Wright and Strom combine for the first time these two teams met?
Penn State Notes:
Penn State put up 15 fast-break points in its win against Iowa.
The Lady Lions overcame a double-digit second-half deficit to beat the Hawkeyes by two.
Penn State has now advanced to the tournament's semifinals nine times in 11 years.
This is only the second time in 11 years that the top four seeds have advanced to the semifinals
The win against Iowa marks the first Lady Lions' game decided by three points or less this season.
Stat Watch: Penn State hit 11 of 13 free throws against Iowa
Michigan State Notes:
It took overtime for the Spartans to defeat the Illini in the second round. Michigan State outscored Illinois 11-0 in the extra period.
The Spartans are 3-0 in overtime games this season.
Roehrig led the Spartans with 15 points and 11 rebounds against Illinois, posting her seventh double-double of the season and the 12th of her career.
The Spartans were out-rebounded by the Lady Lions 40-31 in the teams' first meeting.
Michigan State limited Illinois to 32 percent from the field Friday.
Stat Watch: Michigan State hit 8 of 14 free throws against Illinois.
Quiz Answer: Wright and Strom both poured in 24 points to combine for 48 in the Lady Lions' win.
FOS Prediction: Michigan State 70, Penn State 67
Comment: The Spartans' loss to the Lady Lions earlier this season cost them the No. 1 seed in the tournament. Michigan State's experience in close games will give it an edge.
FOS Prediction Record: 12-2.