Spurt before halftime lifts Lady Lions

UNIVERSITY PARK — After a back-and-forth first quarter, a 19-6 burst to end the second quarter propelled the Penn State’s women’s basketball team to a 74-59 Big Ten victory over Michigan State on Sunday at the Bryce Jordan Center.

The Lady Lions (14-10, 5-6 B1G) connected on 41 percent of their shots from the field to improve to 9-2 when outshooting their opponents, with the Spartans hitting just 38 percent from the field in the game. Penn State also held the edge in steals, 12-5, scoring 14 points off on the fast break.

The 12 steals marked the eighth time this season — fourth in Big Ten play — that Penn State reached double-digits in the category and helped the Blue and White force 20 turnovers for the fifth time this season and first in conference action.

Leading the way for Penn State was junior Teniya Page with 16 points, moving into the No. 16 spot on the career scoring list, passing Jen Bednarek (1,428; 1977-80) in the game. Page hit double-figures for the 16th time this season and the 70th time in her career. The junior also passed Rashana Barnes (103; 1999-2002) for No. 44 on the career steals list with her three swipes in the game.

Redshirt-sophomore Amari Carter had five steals in the game tying her career high, which she has done three times this season. With her five swipes she has reached the 100-steal mark for her career and passed Lindsey Spann (99; 2015-17) and Loraine McGirt (101; 1983-85) for No. 46 on the career charts. Carter tallied 14 points in the game to go along with six assists and four rebounds.

Siyeh Frazier also hit double-figures for the Lady Lions, marking the 10th time this season and the 12th time in her career as she tied a career high with 14 points. Frazier also ended the day with five rebounds and two steals for the Blue and White.

Sophomore Jaida Travascio-Green netted 14 points, allowing her to hit double-digits for the 18th time this season and 23rd time in her career. With her third 3-pointer of the day, she moved into No. 15 on the single-season list in Penn State laurels, giving her 61 makes from distance this season.

On the boards, Page and De’Janae Boykin each grabbed six for the Lady Lions, while Jaylen Williams and Frazier pulled for five each for Penn State. Defensively, the Blue and White forced MSU into 20 turnovers which led to 18 Lady Lion points.

Michigan State had two double-digit scorers, led by game a game-high 18 points from Taryn McCutcheon, who also had five assists. Sidney Cooks added 10 points, four rebounds and one assist for the Spartans.

MICHIGAN ST. (14-10): Agee 2-9 2-2 7, Cooks 5-8 0-0 10, Gaines 1-5 2-2 4, Gussert 3-5 0-0 7, McCutcheon 6-12 0-0 18, Hollie 0-4 0-0 0, Johnson 2-8 0-0 4, Reimer 4-7 0-0 8, Allen 0-3 1-2 1, Totals 23-61 5-6 59.

PENN ST. (14-10): Boykin 1-2 0-1 2, Williams 1-5 1-2 3, Carter 5-15 2-2 14, Page 3-13 10-11 16, Travascio-Green 3-7 4-4 13, Smith 3-3 3-3 9, Frazier 5-8 4-6 14, McDaniel 1-1 0-0 3, Totals 22-54 24-29 74.

Michigan St. 18 12 14 15 –59

Penn St. 25 19 16 14 –74

3-Point Goals–Michigan St. 8-22 (Agee 1-3, Gaines 0-2, Gussert 1-3, McCutcheon 6-12, Allen 0-2), Penn St. 6-16 (Carter 2-7, Page 0-1, Travascio-Green 3-7, McDaniel 1-1). Assists–Michigan St. 17 (McCutcheon 5), Penn St. 15 (Carter 6). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–Michigan St. 42 (Agee 8), Penn St. 34 (Boykin 6). Total Fouls–Michigan St. 26, Penn St. 14. Technical Fouls–None.A–3,521.

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