Lady Lions come apart in second half at MSU

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The lead was as large as 19 points for the Penn State women’s basketball team  Wednesday night, but it wasn’t enough in the end as Michigan State outscored the Lady Lions by 23 points in the second half for a 73-64 win in Big Ten Conference action.

The Lady Lions (18-9, 8-7 B1G) and Spartans (19-9, 9-6 B1G) entered the game in a four-way tie for the No. 4 spot in the Big Ten standings with the conference tournament starting on March 1.

However, with the loss, Penn State sits in the No. 7 spot with one game left to play on the conference slate.

Sophomore Teniya Page posted her 12th game with at least 20 points this season, ending the night with 23. In the process, she passed Mag Strittmatter (1975-78) for No. 38 on the all-time scoring list.

Page now has 979 points, passing Strittmatter’s 975 career points. The sophomore added five rebounds, seven assists and two steals in 37 minutes on the floor.

With 19 points in the game, senior Sierra Moore equaled her season high scoring total for the third time this season. She added nine rebounds, narrowly missing a double-double, to go along with one assist and one steal.

Penn State posted its eighth game of the season with 10-or-fewer turnovers, ending the night with nine missteps.

Penn State returns home for the regular-season finale against Michigan in the annual Play4Kay benefitting “Pink Zone” contest Sunday. The game is slated for a 2 p.m. tipoff.

PENN STATE (18-9): Thomas 2-3 0-3 4, Carter 1-3 4-4 6, Moore 7-13 5-7 19, Page 9-20 4-5 23, Travascio-Green 0-6 0-0 0, Mitchell 0-1 2-2 2, Whitted 2-3 0-0 4, Williams 0-2 0-0 0, Frazier 0-0 0-0 0, Spann 2-9 2-2 6, Totals 23-60 17-23 64.

MICHIGAN STATE (19-9): Gaines 0-3 0-0 0, Reimer 5-11 3-5 13, Agee 3-10 1-1 7, Jankoska 5-12 10-12 21, McCutcheon 3-6 1-1 7, Cook 1-3 0-0 2, Hollie 1-1 0-0 2, Johnson 6-6 0-0 12, Allen 2-3 0-0 4, Gussert 1-2 2-2 5, Totals 27-57 17-21 73.

Penn State 24 16 14 10 — 64

Michigan State 15 11 25 22 — 73

3-Point Goals–Penn St. 1-13 (Page 1-4, Travascio-Green 0-5, Spann 0-4), Michigan St. 2-15 (Agee 0-2, Jankoska 1-8, McCutcheon 0-3, Gussert 1-2). Assists–Penn St. 9 (Page 5), Michigan St. 15 (McCutcheon 5). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–Penn St. 37 (Moore 9), Michigan St. 37 (Jankoska 12). Total Fouls–Penn St. 22, Michigan St. 21.

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