Lady Lions knock off Boilermakers

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Penn State Lady Lions used career highs from Keke Sevillian and Alex Harris to post a 54-50 win over Purdue on Sunday at Mackey Arena.

With Penn State trailing 46-44 with 2:37 remaining, Lindsey Spann hit a 3-pointer and Sierra Moore hit a jumper to give the Lady Lions (6-18, 3-10) a 49-47 lead for good with 1:38 remaining.

Sevillian, who was celebrating her 20th birthday, was perfect, going 3-for-3 from the field, 2-for-2 from 3-point range and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line en route to a career-high 10 points.

Harris was a spark off the bench with personal bests of 13 rebounds and four blocks. She also dished out a pair of assists. Harris also made a free throw to make it a four-point game with 5 seconds left.

Spann registered a game-high 16 points, including a career-high four 3-pointers, with two assists and a steal. The rookie guard now has 336 points this season to move into the Top 10 on Penn State’s freshman season scoring list.

Sophomore Kaliyah Mitchell grabbed 12 rebounds to go with six points and three assists. Moore finished with eight points and six rebounds.

The Lady Lions were off to a sluggish start, going 0-for-7 with five turnovers in the first 5 minutes of the game as the Boilers established a 6-0 lead.

It was an offensive struggle for both teams in the opening half as the Lady Lions shot just 32 percent (7-of-22) with 12 turnovers, and Purdue shot 24 percent (8-of-34) with six turnovers.

In the second half, Moore capped a 10-0 Penn State run with three consecutive points to give the Lady Lions a 42-39 lead with a little than 6 minutes left.

The Boilers made another charge with a 7-2 run to take a 46-44 lead with 2:37 remaining. However, the Lady Lions bounced back starting with a 3-pointer by Spann. After a Purdue free throw, Moore scored to push Penn State to a 49-47 lead with 1:38 remaining.

The Lady Lions were able to seal the win with five free throws down the stretch while holding the Boilers to just one basket and one free throw.

PENN STATE (6-18, 3-10): Spann 6-15 0-0 16, Sevillian 3-3 2-2 10, Moore 3-11 2-4 8, Mitchell 1-8 4-7 6, Whitted 2-3 1-2 5, DeGraaf 2-3 0-0 4, Waldner 2-6 0-0 4, Harris 0-3 1-2 1. Totals: 19-52 10-17 54.

PURDUE (10-13, 3-9): Clemons 4-8 4-6 12, Wilson 3-11 1-2 9, Keys 4-7 1-3 9, Bays 2-7 3-5 7, Perry 2-13 2-4 6, Morrissette 2-12 0-0 5, Horrocks 1-3 0-0 2, Moore 0-0 0-0 0, Hamby 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-62 11-20 50.

Halftime–Purdue, 20-17. 3-point goals-Penn State 6-11 (Spann 4-7, Sevillian 2-2, Mitchell 0-1, DeGraaf 0-1), Purdue 3-18 (Wilson 2-8, Morrissette 1-6, Perry 0-1, Hamby 0-1, Keys 0-2). Fouled out-Penn State-None, Purdue-Perry. Rebounds-Penn State 42 (Harris 13), Purdue 43 (Bays 12). Assists-Penn State 13 (Mitchell 3), Purdue 14 (Perry 3, Bays 3, Wilson 3, Morrissette 3). Total fouls-Penn State 16, Purdue 16. Technical fouls-Penn State-None, Purdue-None. A-6861.