Lady Lions cruise to 5-0 mark

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State women’s basketball team turned up the heat on Central Connecticut State inside the Bryce Jordan Center on Monday night.

The Lady Lions forced 20 Blue Devil missteps on the way to an 83-66 victory to improve to 5-0.

Penn State seemed to be in control of the game early in the third period, but Central Connecticut State (0-4) used a 17-6 burst over the first 6:30 of the third quarter to trim a 15-point halftime lead down to just four points, 52-48, with 3:33 to play in the quarter. However, Penn State closed the third quarter on a 15-2 run and the Blue Devils didn’t get the deficit back to single digits the rest of the night.

The Lady Lions are off to a 5-0 start for the first time since 2012-13.

Freshman Alisia Smith earned her first career double-digit scoring effort donning the blue and white with 14 points, shooting 6-for-7 from the floor. She also reached career-best marks in rebounds (six), assists (two) and blocked shots (three).

Redshirt sophomore Amari Carter notched her fourth double-digit scoring effort of the season and 14th of her career with 20 points against CCSU. It was the second-straight 20-point game for Carter and the third of her career.

Carter’s six assists mark the fourth time this season that she has handed out five or more helpers in a game and the 19th time in her career. She didn’t commit a turnover and added a career-high tying eight rebounds to lead the team in scoring, assists and rebounds.

Sophomore De’Janae Boykin had 10 points, five rebounds and two assists. Freshman Kamaria McDaniel scored 17 points.

CCSU (0-4): Lydon 8-9 5-6 25, Berube 2-6 0-0 4, Hines 1-9 0-0 3, Johnson 4-12 0-0 11, Patterson 5-15 0-0 13, Chin 1-3 0-0 2, Forker 1-1 1-2 3, Gardener 0-1 0-0 0, Jacobs 0-5 2-2 2, Goode 0-2 0-0 0, McCamus 1-2 0-0 3, Totals 23-65 8-10 66.

PENN ST. (5-0): Boykin 4-9 2-3 10, Williams 2-8 0-2 4, Carter 6-10 7-8 20, Frazier 3-6 3-4 9, Travascio-Green 1-12 2-2 5, Breen 1-3 1-2 4, Smith 6-7 2-4 14, Knizner 0-1 0-0 0, McDaniel 5-9 4-5 17, McMurtry 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 28-65 21-30 83.

CCSU 15 16 19 16 — 66

Penn St. 21 25 21 16 — 83

3-Point Goals–CCSU 12-36 (Lydon 4-5, Hines 1-6, Johnson 3-8, Patterson 3-12, Chin 0-1, Jacobs 0-1, Goode 0-2, McCamus 1-1), Penn St. 6-21 (Carter 1-3, Frazier 0-1, Travascio-Green 1-9, Breen 1-1, Knizner 0-1, McDaniel 3-6). Assists–CCSU 18 (Lydon 3), Penn St. 16 (Carter 6). Fouled Out–CCSU Berube, Rebounds–CCSU 44 (Berube 10), Penn St. 39 (Carter 8). Total Fouls–CCSU 23, Penn St. 11. A–2,052.

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