Lady Lions earn 2nd straight win

UNIVERSITY PARK – Sophomore Alex Harris came off the bench to score 11 points and grab 10 rebounds for her first career double-double, and sophomore Kaliyah Mitchell grabbed a career-high 15 boards and scored 10 points as the Penn State Lady Lions edged Northwestern, 76-75, on Sunday afternoon at the Bryce Jordan Center.

The game featured five Lady Lions (5-15, 2-7 Big Ten) in double figures for the second-straight game.

Penn State’s bench contributed 31 points. Harris and Peyton Whitted led the scoring effort by the reserves with 11 points each. Harris grabbed the final rebound of the game off of a Northwestern last-second shot to seal the victory.

Whitted pulled down six rebounds. Freshman Lindsey Spann also added nine points off of the bench for Penn State.

The starting five also played a major role in the Lady Lions’ second straight victory, with Candice Agee, Mitchell and Sierra Moore all reaching double-digits. Agee connected on just two field goals, but knocked down a career-high 6-of-8 shots from the free throw stripe to account for 10 points.

Along with her career-high 15 rebounds and 10 points, Mitchell also handed out a career-best four assists.

Moore turned in a team-best 18 points and also added five rebounds and three assists.

Northwestern (14-5, 4-4) got out to an early lead thanks to a pair of 3-pointers by Ashley Deary and Maggie Lyon. Penn State used a 14-3 run to take the lead at 22-18.

Penn State’s lead swelled to eight points, 31-23. The Wildcats recaptured the lead, 34-33, with an 11-2 spurt, but the Lady Lions closed the half by scoring eight of the last 10 points to take a five-point lead into halftime, 41-36.

After the Wildcats cut the lead to one point, 41-40, to open the second half, the Lady Lions quickly moved their advantage back to seven points with three straight baskets. The Penn State lead reached eight for the second time with 12:27 to play in the second half when Moore converted a layup to make it 58-50.

The Wildcats outscored the Lady Lions, 13-4, and eventually took a 63-62 lead on a Karly Roser layup with 9:01 to play. The two teams traded the lead three times and were tied three other times down the stretch. The final tie came with 32 seconds on the clock as the Wildcats pressured the inbounds pass and forced a Penn State turnover. Christen Inman converted the layup to knot the game at 75-75.

The Lady Lions brought the ball up the floor, and Agee was fouled with 10 ticks on the clock. The junior made one-of-two free throws, missing the second. Northwestern’s final chance came on a Lydia Rohde shot that bounced off the back iron and into Harris’ hands to seal the win for Penn State.

NORTHWESTERN (14-5, 4-4): Lyon 6-17 3-4 20, Inman 6-13 2-2 16, Deary 3-5 6-6 13, Coffey 4-17 2-4 10, Cohen 3-8 2-4 9, Roser 2-7 3-4 7, Rohde 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 24-69 18-24 75.

PENN STATE (5-15, 2-7): Moore 7-19 4-6 18, Harris 5-7 1-3 11, Whitted 4-4 3-4 11, Mitchell 3-6 4-4 10, Agee 2-7 6-8 10, Spann 3-7 2-2 9, Sevillian 3-5 0-0 7, Waldner 0-3 0-0 0. Totals: 27-58 20-27 76.

Halftime-Penn State, 41-36. 3-point goals-Northwestern 9-23 (Lyon 5-12, Inman 2-4, Deary 1-1, Cohen 1-2, Rohde 0-1, Roser 0-1, Coffey 0-2), Penn State 2-7 (Spann 1-2, Sevillian 1-2, Mitchell 0-2, Moore 0-1). Fouled out-Northwestern-Coffey, Cohen, Penn State-None. Rebounds-Northwestern 32 (Coffey 11), Penn State 49 (Mitchell 15). Assists-Northwestern 15 (Inman 4), Penn State 13 (Waldner 4, Mitchell 4). Total fouls-Northwestern 22, Penn State 21. Technical fouls-Northwestern-None, Penn State-None. A-3786.