Lady Lions upset Vols

UNIVERSITY PARK — Teniya Page scored 13 of her 29 points in the fourth quarter when Penn State pulled away for a 70-56 upset of No. 13 Tennessee on Sunday.

“I would just read the defense to see what they would give me,” Page said. “I just had to pay attention to how they were guarding me and my teammates. A lot of times I had to create off the dribble, but I also created enough space to at least shoot my pull-up.”

Jaime Nared, who had 18 points, had 12 in the third quarter as the Lady Vols cut a 33-20 halftime deficit to 44-40 entering the fourth quarter.

After Tennessee made it a two-point game, the Nittany Lions reeled off 13 straight points to lead 57-42 on Amari Carter’s 3-point with 5:47 to play. Page scored the first six points of the run as the Lady Vols went 4:19 between field goals.

“The game is a game of runs,” Penn State coach Coquese Washington said on her team’s first half bursts. “We took advantage of what was there during those times. We were able to get to the free-throw line or get out in transition and hit some 3s.”

“I think the biggest thing for us was rebounding and then running in transition and then keep running regardless of what happens,” Page said. “The thing that we talked about the most in almost every timeout felt like rebound the ball and run in transition on a make and a miss. I think that was a key to making our runs.”

Penn State (3-1) had three 3-pointers and went 8 of 12 in the fourth quarter. Kaliyah Mitchell had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Nittany Lions, who finished 9 of 18 from long distance to beat Tennessee for the second time in 11 meetings.

Penn State turned a 16-15 deficit into a 15 point lead with a 16-0 run in the second quarter.

Mercedes Russell had 19 points for Tennessee (3-1).

Penn St (3-1): Page 10-21 6-7 29, Mitchell 4-8 2-2 12, Carter 4-11 0-0 11, Moore 4-10 2-2 10, Spann 2-6 0-0 5, Whitted 1-4 0-0 2, Williams 0-1 1-2 1, Frazier 0-0 0-0 0, Thomas 0-0 0-0 0, Travascio-Green 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 25-61 11-13 70.

Tennessee (3-1): Russell 7-15 5-6 19, Nared 8-17 2-2 18, DeShields 4-15 0-0 8, Dunbar 2-6 0-0 5, Jackson 1-8 0-0 3, Reynolds 1-6 1-2 3, Middleton 0-3 0-0 0, Nunn 0-3 0-0 0, Totals 23-73 8-10 56.

Penn St    15    18    11    26    –70

Tennessee    14    6    20    16    –56

3-Point Goals–Penn St 9-18 (Carter 3-7, Page 3-6, Mitchell 2-2, Spann 1-3), Tennessee 2-19 (Dunbar 1-4, Jackson 1-4, DeShields 0-2, Middleton 0-2, Nared 0-4, Reynolds 0-3).  Assists–Penn St 10 (Moore 4), Tennessee 13 (DeShields 5).  Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–Penn St 40 (Mitchell 11), Tennessee 45 (Nared 11).  Total Fouls–Penn St 15, Tennessee 13. A–3,754.

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