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Smith, McDaniel power Lady Lions

BERKELEY, Calif. – The Penn State women’s basketball offense came to life as the Lady Lions picked up a dominant 92-68 victory over North Carolina Central Saturday afternoon to wrap up the Cal Classic at Haas Pavillion.

Juniors Alisia Smith and Kamaria McDaniel both put together career nights to lead the PSU offense to a season-high 92 points. McDaniel finished with a career-best 27 points, while Smith went for a career-high 22 points. Sophomore Lauren Ebo rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10 points.

McDaniel (27) and Smith (22) marked the first pair of Penn State players to score 20 points in one game since Jan. 14, 2018 at Wisconsin when Amari Carter (21) and Jaida Travascio-Green (20) both went for 20-plus.

Smith’s career-high 22 points bested her previous high of 17 that was set on Nov. 21, 2018 against North Dakota.

McDaniel scored 20-plus points for the second time this season. She stretched her double-digit scoring streak to 14-straight games dating back to last season.

“I thought we did a great job with shot selection tonight,” PSU coach Carolyn Kieger said. “We talked about getting our post players the ball after yesterday’s game. I thought we did a great job with awareness of that tonight – getting Alisia 12 shots, Lauren Ebo was 5-for-6. I think we need to play that inside-outside game.”

“Our tempo in the second half was more of the pace that we’re trying to play” Kieger said. “Kamaria did a great job pushing pace and attacking the rim with some force and some purpose.”

PENN ST. 92 (4-4): Ebo 5-6 0-0 10, Smith 8-12 6-8 22, Bembry 2-4 0-0 5, Frazier 2-7 2-3 6, Marisa 1-2 3-4 6, Camden 2-2 0-0 6, Wallace 1-2 0-0 2, Hagans 2-4 4-4 8, James 0-0 0-0 0, McDaniel 9-19 9-9 27, Semion 0-1 0-0 0, Totals: 32-59 24-28 92.

NC CENTRAL 68 (1-5): Afriyie 3-8 4-4 10, Lockard 2-9 0-0 4, Anderson 4-10 0-0 12, Pollock 2-7 2-2 6, White 6-12 5-5 18, Edmundson 1-1 3-3 5, Demry 3-4 0-0 6, Kasey 1-6 0-0 2, Palmer 1-2 0-2 2, Williams 1-3 0-0 3, Totals: 24-62 14-16 68.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Penn St. 18 28 21 25 –92

NC Central 10 16 25 17 –68

3-Point Goals–Penn St. 4-9 (Bembry 1-2, Frazier 0-2, Marisa 1-2, Camden 2-2, Semion 0-1), NC Central 6-22 (Afriyie 0-1, Lockard 0-2, Anderson 4-8, Pollock 0-4, White 1-1, Kasey 0-3, Williams 1-3). Assists–Penn St. 12 (Frazier 4), NC Central 12 (White 3). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–Penn St. 42 (Ebo 7), NC Central 25 (Afriyie 8). Total Fouls–Penn St. 21, NC Central 25. Technical Fouls–None. A–103.

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