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Lady Lions preview

December 6, 2012
The Altoona Mirror

PSU women at Connecticut

Tipoff: 7 p.m., Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Conn.

Records: Penn State (6-1), Connecticut (7-0)

Coaches: Coquese Washington is 98-68 in her 6th season at Penn State. Geno Auriemma is 811-129 in his 28th season at Connecticut.

Radio: ESPN Radio 1430 WVAM

Probable starters: Penn State - G Dara Taylor, 5-8 Jr. (6.1), G Alex Bentley, 5-7 Sr. (12.3), F Mia Nickson, 6-2 Sr. (9.0), G Maggie Lucas, 5-10 Jr. (21.4), C Nikki Greene, 6-4 Sr. (8.6). Connecticut - F Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, 6-0 So. (14.7), F Breanna Stewart, 6-4 Fr. (16.3), C Stefanie Dolson, 6-5 Jr. (13.1), G Bria Hartley, 5-7 Jr. (7.4), G Kelly Faris, 5-11 Sr. (9.7).

Notes: Penn State is 3-7 all-time against Connecticut. The Lady Lions have dropped seven consecutive games to the Huskies, including an 18-point defeat in last season's Sweet 16. ... Connecticut, which advanced to the Final Four last season, has won seven national titles and appeared in 13 Final Fours under Auriemma. ... Penn State dropped four spots to No. 10 in this week's Associated Press rankings following last week's loss at Miami. Connecticut is No. 2. ... The Huskies are coming off a 63-48 win over No. 9 Maryland on Monday. Connecticut has beaten three Top 25 opponents this season by an average margin of 26.67 points. ... Connecticut is outscoring its opponents this season by nearly 44 points per game. ... The Lady Lions haven't beaten a Top 5 opponent since Dec. 5, 2004, when they knocked off No. 2 North Carolina. ... Penn State's Lucas and Connecticut senior guard Caroline Doty were high school teammates at Germantown Academy in suburban Philadelphia.

Mirror prediction: Connecticut 77, Penn State 59

Comment: The Lady Lions learned in March just how tough it is to compete with the Huskies. They'll get a reminder tonight.

Mirror prediction record: 6-1

- Jim Rodenbush

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