Report: Lady Lion Trio Booted

The Harrisburg Patriot-News reported in Wednesday's edition that Jen Harris, Lisa Etienne and Amber Bland were told after Penn State's loss to Liberty Sunday that they would not be part of the Lady Lions roster next year.

There has been no official report from Penn State coach Rene Portland or Penn State sports information about the players' departure.

Pearl Harris, Jen's Mother, told the Patriot-News that it was not the players' decision to leave.

"That's all Jen wants to get across -- that she is not quitting," Pearl Harris said. "It's not by her choice that she's leaving. It's not the choice she wants to make. Her intent is to continue to play at Penn State for four years."

Harris started the first 22 games for the Lady Lions this year and averaged 10.4 points per game in her sophomore season. She would have been the leading scorer among returning players next year. Harris didn't start Penn State's game against Indiana on Feb. 10 and was a reserve the rest of the season.

"Everyone has to understand how important they are to the team and how vital they are to the team concept," Portland said after the Indiana game. "It was nice to see [Harris] take the challenge on both ends of the court."

While Portland may have been pleased with the way Harris responded during her first game off the bench, the sophomore guard struggled as a reserve the rest of the season. As a starter, she averaged 11.3 points per game, shot 41 percent from the field and converted on 35 percent of her 3-point attempts.

Coming off the bench, Harris scored 8.1 points per game, shot 31 percent from the field and converted on 26 percent of her attempts from the arc. She reached double digits just once as a reserve and never made more than 50 percent of her shots in any single game.

Etienne told the Patriot-News that Portland informed the players of her decision at the hotel after Penn State's first-round upset loss to Liberty Sunday night at College Park, Md.

"I'm lost. I didn't see this coming," Etienne said. "At times this season, I thought it was possible because I didn't see myself fitting in. I didn't think it would happen this soon."

Etienne saw action in just 10 games and scored five points in her freshman campaign.

Bland, also a freshman, provided a spark off the bench at times during the season and saw action in 29 games, averaging 3.5 points per game.


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