Page saves day for State

From Mirror reports

UNIVERSITY PARK — Trailing by 10 points with 7:48 left to play, junior Teniya Page took over the tempo of the game, netting 14 points, grabbing five rebounds and adding one assist in just over five minutes to propel the Penn State women’s basketball to a 65-60 victory over Fordham on Wednesday night at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Page led the Lady Lions with 27 points, notching her 57th career double-figure scoring game and 23rd career 20-point effort. Page passed Jess Brungo (1,142) and Lisa Faloon (1,162) on the all-time Penn State scoring charts with her effort, moving into No. 27 with 1,165 career points.

The junior paced the Blue and White in rebounds (8) and assists (5), while junior Jaylen Williams posted her eight game this season with multiple blocked shots, swatting three Fordham attempts, with two coming in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.

Sophomore Amari Carter added 19 points to reach double-digits for the eighth time this season — 17th time in her career. With her 19 points, Carter pushed her career total to 414 tallies.

As a team, Penn State shot 56 percent from the floor and 93 percent from the free throw stripe. The Lady Lions knocked down 24-of-43 shots on the night and connected on 14-of-15 attempts from the charity stripe.

Five Fordham players notched double-figure scoring efforts as Lauren Holden led her team with 14 points. Two Fordham players notched double-doubles with Mary Goulding scoring 13 points and pulling down 11 rebounds, while G’mrice Davis added 12 points and had 13 rebounds for the Rams. The other double-digit scorers were Kendell Heremaia with 11 points and Bre Cavanaugh with 10 points.

The turning point in the game came with 5:31 left in the fourth quarter

The Lady Lions began a 19-6 run to end the contest with Page netting 14 of those points, including seven-straight to put Penn State up by four, 61-57, with 34 seconds left on the clock.

Fordham worked its lead to a game-high 10 with 7:48 left in the contest before Page scored five-straight points to pull the Blue and White within five, 54-49, on an and-1 driving layup and free throw.

Holden dropped a trey on the Rams next trip down the floor but Carter would score five-straight points of her own — including a 3-pointer on an assist from Page — to cut the Fordham lead to just three points with 2:47 to play.

A Page layup with two minutes left trimmed the lead to one and forced a Ram timeout, but the timeout would prove to be in vain as Page hit a driving layup with 1:32 to play, pushing Penn State into the lead for the first time in the contest, 58-57.

In the closing minutes, the Lady Lions added two free throws from Jaida Travascio-Green and Page to build a 65-57 lead, while Williams swatted a pair of shots with under 30 seconds to play to help the Lady Lions fend off a Ram comeback attempt. Goulding would make one final three to account for the final tally.

When all was said and done, the Lady Lions had gone on a 19-6 run in the final frame to secure the come-from-behind victory.

Penn State travels to Olean, New York this Saturday to play St. Bonaventure at 7 p.m.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Fordham 20 14 15 11– 60

Penn State 16 12 14 23– 65

FORDHAM (60): Davis 5 2-2 12; Klug 0 0-0 0; Goulding 6 0-2 13; Holden 5 0-0 14; Cavanaugh 4 0-0 10; Jillings 0 0-0 0; Heremaia 4 0-0 11. Totals — 24 2-4 60.

PENN STATE (65): Williams 2 0-0 4; Carter 7 4-4 19; Frazier 2 0-0 5; Page 11 4-5 27; Travascio-Green 1 4-4 6; Smith 1 0-0 2; McDaniel 0 2-2 2; Breen 0 0-0 0. Totals — 24 14-15 65.

3-point goals: Fordham, 10 (Goulding, Holden 4, Cavanaugh 2, Heremaia 3); Penn State 3 (Carter, Frazier, Page). Assists: Fordham 15 (Davis, Goulding 5, Holden 3, Cavanaugh 4, Jillings, Heremaia); Penn State 7 (Carter, Page 5, Travascio-Green). Rebounds: Fordham 39 (Davis 13; Goulding 11, Holden 2, Cavanaugh 5, Heremaia 4, Team 4); Penn State 23 (Williams 5, Carter 2, Frazier, Page 8, Travascio-Green 2, Smith, McDaniel 2, Breen 1, Team 1).

Records: Fordham (4-3); Penn State (8-2).

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