Lady Lions ambushed early in loss

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State women’s basketball team could not overcome an early deficit against Ohio State on Sundayin an 89-64 setback inside the Bryce Jordan Center in a Big Ten women’s college basketball matchup.

The Lady Lions (15-14, 6-10 Big Ten) hit 25 shots from the field, including six from 3-point range, but the Buckeyes (23-6, 12-3 Big Ten) netted 34 field goals, 10 of the 3-point variety. Penn State shot 38 percent from the field, as Ohio State netted a 49 percent clip.

The Lady Lions again held the advantage in turnovers, forcing Buckeyes into 15 missteps while the committing just 13. However, Ohio State held the edge in rebounds (48-29), assists (20-15), blocked shots (7-3) and steals (8-7).

For the 14th-straight game, junior Teniya Page scored in double-figures with a team-best 19 points. The double-digit effort was the 21st of the season and 75th of her career with 10-plus points. She added three assists and one rebound.

Page moved her career scoring total to 1,525 points, moving her into No. 13 on the career scoring charts. In the game, she passed Vicki Link (1,514; 1984-87).

Sophomore Jaida Travascio-Green joined Page in double-figures with 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting, including four made 3-pointers. With her fourth 3-pointer of the game, Travascio-Green ticked up one spot to No. 8 on the single-season list, passing Chrissy Falcone (70; 1999-2000) and Lisa Shepherd (70; 1999-2000) with her 71st make of the year.

With her third steal of the game, Amari Carter moved her season total to 78, passing Tina Nicholson (76; 1993-94 and 77; 1995-96), Nancy Kuhl (77;1977-78) and Dara Taylor (77; 2012-13). Carter had the team high four assists, as well, passing Kelly Mazzante (237; 2001-04) and Mashea Williams (239; 2006-09) on the career charts to move into No. 21 all-time with 240 helpers.

Kelsey Mitchell led all scorers with 22 points, adding six assists and five rebounds for Ohio State. A pair of double-doubles for the Buckeyes came in the form of a 21-point, 14-rebound effort from Stephanie Mavunga and a 17-point, 10-board showing by Linnae Harper, who also added five assists.

The turning point in the game came with 2:23 left in the first quarter. That was when a Kelsey Mitchell 3-pointer sparked an 8-0 run that gave Ohio State a double-digit lead, 23-10, late in the opening frame. Penn State would get no closer than eight points the remainder of the game and trailed by double-figures 27:21 of the contest.

Penn State is the No. 11 seed and faces No. 14-seeded Illinois on Wednesday.

OHIO ST. (24-6): Mavunga 9-11 3-3 21, Calhoun 3-11 0-0 9, Doss 2-8 0-0 4, Harper 6-9 2-2 17, Mitchell 8-21 3-4 22, Hart 2-3 0-0 4, Jayaraman 0-1 0-0 0, Waterman 3-4 1-1 8, Caretti 1-2 2-2 4, Cronin 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 34-70 11-12 89.

PENN ST. (15-14): Boykin 3-4 0-0 6, Carter 4-16 0-0 8, Frazier 0-5 1-2 1, Page 7-20 4-6 19, Travascio-Green 6-11 1-2 17, Breen 1-2 0-0 2, Smith 2-2 2-2 6, Williams 0-1 0-0 0, McDaniel 2-5 0-0 5, Totals 25-66 8-12 64.

Ohio State 23 19 24 23 –89

Penn State 12 15 13 24 –64

3-Point Goals–Ohio St. 10-22 (Calhoun 3-7, Doss 0-3, Harper 3-4, Mitchell 3-7, Waterman 1-1), Penn St. 6-20 (Carter 0-5, Page 1-4, Travascio-Green 4-7, Breen 0-1, McDaniel 1-3). Assists–Ohio St. 20 (Mitchell 6), Penn St. 15 (Carter 4). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–Ohio St. 48 (Mavunga 14), Penn St. 29 (Williams 5). Total Fouls–Ohio St. 16, Penn St. 16. Technical Fouls–None. A–7,517.

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