Records: Penn State 19-10; Liberty 24-6
Coaches: Rene Portland is 581-203 in her 25th season at Penn State and 668-232 overall. Liberty has averaged 23 wins per season in five years under Carey Green's direction.
Series: Penn State and Liberty have never played each other.
Last time out: Penn State lost 83-76 to Michigan State in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament. Liberty ripped UNC-Ashville 88-41 in the final of the Big South tournament.
Radio: Penn State Sports Network (Jerry Fisher, Matt McDonald).
Next up: The winner of this game faces the winner of the No. 5 DePaul-No. 12 Virginia Tech matchup.
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. (5.1 ppg), F Ashli Schwab, 6-3 Sr. (6.3 ppg), F Amanda Brown, 6-4 So. (7.1 ppg).
Liberty - G Daina Staugaitiene, 5-10 Sr. (8.4 ppg), G Allyson Fasnacht, 5-8 Fr. (3.5 ppg), F Kristal Tharp, 5-10 Sr. (11.5 ppg), F Rima Margeviciute, 6-3 Sr. (9.2 ppg), C Katie Feenstra, 6-8 Sr. (17.6 ppg).
Quick Quiz: How far did the Lady Lions go in last year's NCAA tournament?
Penn State Notes:
Penn State is 26-20 all-time in the NCAA tournament.
The Lady Lions have reached the Sweet Sixteen in each of the last three seasons.
Strom said the team's seniors want to make sure they finish the season without any regrets. "There's a sense of urgency now that every game could be your last," Strom said. "I think that motivates you."
Penn State has not lost two games in a row since November.
Strom has been resting her injured ankle but said she will be good to go Sunday.
Stat Watch: Penn State turns the ball over 14.1 times per game.
The Lady Flames have made the tournament nine consecutive years but have not won a game in that span.
Feenstra was the Big South's Player of the Year for the third straight season. She averages 17.6 points and 10.2 boards per game while shooting 68.5 percent from the field.
Liberty outscored opponents by an average of 18.3 points per game in the regular season.
The Lady Flames shoot 69.3 percent from the free throw line.
Liberty lost to Ohio State 66-51 in the regular season, but held Big Ten Player of the Year Jessica Davenport to just six points.
Stat Watch: Liberty turns the ball over 19.6 times per game.
Quiz Answer: Penn State made it to the Elite Eight last year before losing to Connecticut.
FOS Prediction: Penn State 72, Liberty 63
Comment: The Lady Lions should get through to the second round unless Feenstra completely takes over the game.
FOS Prediction Record: 13-2.