Lady Lions dispose of Wake Forest

UNIVERSITY PARK — Carrying a 24-6 edge in the second quarter, the Penn State women’s basketball team was able to defeat Wake Forest, 68-58, in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Thursday at the Bryce Jordan Center.

The Lady Lions (6-2) shot an impressive 28-of-33 (85 percent) from the charity stripe, a season-best mark for free throws made, and controlled the boards against the lengthy Demon Deacons (2-5).

Although Wake Forest’s bench provided a great spark with a 34-15 advantage in scoring, Penn State never trailed in the game, leading for over 38 minutes. The Lady Lions held an advantage in second chance points, 16-2, and points off turnovers, 13-12, forcing 20 Wake Forest missteps.

Junior Teniya Page led the way for Penn State scoring a game-high 21 points, going 10-of-11 from the free throw line. Page’s 21 points in the contest is the 56th time in her career and second time in the 2017-18 season in which she reached double digits. It also marked the 22nd 20-point game of her career.

Sophomore De’Janae Boykin led the Lady Lions on the boards with 11 rebounds while also adding nine points. Boykin has now led Penn State on the boards in the last three contests — all double-figure rebounding efforts — and seven times on the season.

Freshman guard Kamaria McDaniel scored 12 points, shooting 6-of-7 from the foul line, and pulled down a career-high six rebounds in the victory. McDaniel’s 12 points marked the third time in her career in which she notched double-digits.

Wake Forest put three players in double figures as Elisa Penna led the way with 16, Ona Udoh added 13 points and seven rebounds, and Tyra Whitehead had 10 points along with seven rebounds in the loss.

WAKE FOREST (2-5): Walker 0-4 0-0 0, Whitehead 3-5 4-4 10, Campbell 0-4 2-2 2, Sharp 4-12 2-2 10, Stephenson 1-5 0-1 2, Banks 0-1 0-0 0, Branch 2-4 1-2 5, Penna 6-19 2-2 16, Raca 0-1 0-0 0, Udoh 5-7 3-4 13, Conti 0-4 0-2 0, Totals 21-66 14-19 58.

PENN ST. (6-2): Boykin 3-5 3-4 9, Williams 1-3 2-2 4, Carter 3-14 2-2 8, Page 5-14 10-11 21, Travascio-Green 4-15 2-3 11, Breen 0-1 2-2 2, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Frazier 0-5 1-2 1, McDaniel 3-9 6-7 12, Totals 19-66 28-33 68.

Wake Forest 12 6 17 23 –58

Penn St. 14 24 13 17 –68

3-Point Goals–Wake Forest 2-16 (Campbell 0-2, Sharp 0-3, Stephenson 0-2, Penna 2-8, Raca 0-1), Penn St. 2-21 (Carter 0-2, Page 1-5, Travascio-Green 1-9, McDaniel 0-5). Assists–Wake Forest 16 (Sharp 4), Penn St. 6 (Carter 2). Fouled Out–Wake Forest Campbell, Sharp, Rebounds–Wake Forest 45 (Sharp 10), Penn St. 48 (Boykin 11). Total Fouls–Wake Forest 31, Penn St. 18. A–2,329.

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