PSU’s record falls to 10-13

From Mirror reports

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State women’s basketball team dropped a close 66-62 battle to Michigan Sunday afternoon in Big Ten action at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Senior Teniya Page moved into sole possession of fifth place on Penn State’s career scoring charts, thanks to her team-best 17-point performance. Junior Siyeh Frazier followed with 12 points, while senior Amari Carter chipped in 10.

Penn State (10-13) had its chances down the stretch bu came up short.

The Lady Lions knotted the score at 47-47 two minutes into the fourth quarter. The Wolverines were able to pull ahead by four a minute later, but four points from Page and Frazier, and three from Carter allowed the Lady Lions to score 11 of the next 14 points as Penn State took a 60-56 edge with 3:23 to play.

Michigan scored the next six points to go up 62-60 with 2:14 left on the clock. A pair of Page free throws tied the score at 62-62 seven seconds later. The Lady Lion offense wasn’t able to come up with the points it needed down the stretch and Michigan’s Nicole Munger scored the final four points of the game to send the Wolverines home with a victory.

“We were a couple possessions away. Teniya had a good look at the end,” Penn State coach Coquese Washington said. “We have to keep working to figure out how we can get those one or two possessions to close these games out. Hats off to a good Michigan team.”

Michigan held an early 7-4 lead four minutes in, but the Lady Lions responded with a 12-0 stretch over the next five minutes. Penn State forced five Michigan turnovers during the streak and the Lady Lions went 5-for-6 from the field with five different point scorers as PSU took a 16-7 lead and forced a Michigan timeout with 1:09 on the clock. The Wolverines scored the final five points of the term, but the Lady Lions took a 16-12 advantage into the second quarter.

Sophomore Alisia Smith recorded back-to-back baskets in the first minute of the second term and freshman Karisma Ortiz drained a three-pointer two minutes later to put together a 7-2 quarter-opening run that stretched Penn State’s lead to 23-14.

The Lady Lions were still up by nine at 25-16, but the Wolverines used nine points from Hailey Brown to close the half on a 15-5 run and take a 31-30 lead at the break.

Game notes: Page moved her career total to 2,043 points, moving her into sole possession of fifth place on Penn State’s all-time scoring list. She is one point away from Tyra Grant’s fourth-place total of 2,044 points. … Frazier’s six field goals tied a career high last made at Ohio State on Feb. 6. She also ties her Big Ten career high for the fourth time also set at Ohio State. … Michigan (16-9) was paced by Brown’s 20 points. Teammate Naz Hillmon followed with 19 points and 11 rebounds. … Penn State is at Northwestern on Thursday.

MICHIGAN (16-9): Brown 7-9 0-0 20, Thome 0-11 1-2 1, Church 3-5 4-4 10, Johnson 1-2 3-4 5, Munger 2-9 4-4 9, Hillmon 6-10 7-11 19, Kiser 0-0 0-0 0, Robbins 1-3 0-0 2, Rauch 0-0 0-0 0, Young 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 20-49 19-25 66.

PENN ST. (10-13): Smith 3-7 3-4 9, Carter 4-12 0-0 10, Frazier 6-16 0-2 12, Ortiz 1-1 0-0 3, Page 5-15 7-8 17, Ebo 2-8 1-2 5, Wallace 0-0 0-0 0, McDaniel 1-6 0-0 3, Travascio-Green 1-8 0-0 3, Totals 23-73 11-16 62.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Michigan 12 19 15 20 — 66

Penn State 16 14 14 18 — 62

3-Point Goals–Michigan 7-16 (Brown 6-8, Church 0-2, Munger 1-6), Penn St. 5-17 (Carter 2-5, Frazier 0-2, Ortiz 1-1, Page 0-2, McDaniel 1-2, Travascio-Green 1-5). Assists–Michigan 12 (Thome 6), Penn St. 9 (Carter 3). Fouled Out–Penn St. Ortiz. Rebounds–Michigan 47 (Hillmon 11), Penn St. 34 (Ebo 9). Total Fouls–Michigan 18, Penn St. 21. Technical Fouls–None. A–5,024.

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