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PSU women lose to Rutgers

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State women’s basketball team put up a tough fight against Big Ten-leading Rutgers, but the Scarlet Knights spent the final 30 seconds of the game on a 7-3 run to secure a 62-57 victory Thursday night at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Senior Siyeh Frazier led three Lady Lions in double figures with 14 points. Junior Kamaria McDaniel scored 11, while classmate Alisia Smith added 10.

Penn State got out to a quick 6-2 lead as the Lady Lion defense held Rutgers to just 1-for-9 from the field through the first five minutes of play. Rutgers scored the next 10 points as Penn State went cold from the field, but a three-pointer from freshman Anna Camden and a McDaniel jumper helped PSU pull within 14-11 at the end of the first quarter.

Penn State struggled to find an offensive rhythm in the second quarter, starting just 3-for-10 from the field. The Lady Lion defense kept Rutgers in check before Camden drilled an off-balance, buzzer-beating three-pointer to end the half and pull PSU within 29-23.

Rutgers pulled ahead by 10 at 33-23 two minutes into the second half, but four points from Smith sparked a 10-2 PSU stretch over the next 3:06 to narrow the deficit to 35-33 with 4:27 left in the third quarter.

Ten points from Rutgers’ Jordan Wallace then fueled a 12-3 Scarlet Knights streak in a 3:30 span. Marisa hit a pair of free throws to end the term, but Rutgers took a 47-38 lead into the final quarter.

Penn State heated up in the fourth quarter, spending the first six minutes on a 12-4 tear. Frazier scored six during the stretch and Marisa added four as the Lady Lions willed their way back within one at 51-50 with 4:13 left on the clock.

“We talked in the locker room about how being that close doesn’t cut it. We’re getting there, we’re getting better, but at the end of the day we have to approach these games with some confidence that we can get the W,” PSU coach Carolyn Kieger said.

“I’m proud of the progress we’ve made this year, but now we have to expect to win, and not play to not lose. We have to come in the game ready to take some of these W’s because we can play.”

RUTGERS (15-2): Gilles 2-7 0-0 4, Wallace 6-9 0-2 12, Guirantes 4-17 2-2 10, Mack 3-6 0-0 6, Sanders 4-15 2-2 11, Singleton 3-4 2-2 8, Davenport 0-2 0-0 0, Broughton 0-1 2-2 2, Morris 0-0 1-2 1, Peleg Pelc 2-3 2-2 8, Totals 24-64 11-14 62

PENN ST. (7-10): Ebo 2-3 0-0 4, Smith 3-7 4-4 10, Frazier 3-12 7-8 14, Marisa 3-6 2-2 8, McDaniel 5-14 0-0 11, Camden 3-7 0-0 9, Wallace 0-0 0-0 0, Bembry 0-1 0-0 0, Hagans 0-1 1-2 1, Totals 19-51 14-16 57

Rutgers 14 15 18 15 –62

Penn St. 11 12 15 19 –57

3-Point Goals–Rutgers 3-11 (Gilles 0-2, Guirantes 0-2, Mack 0-1, Sanders 1-2, Broughton 0-1, Peleg Pelc 2-3), Penn St. 5-18 (Frazier 1-2, Marisa 0-1, McDaniel 1-6, Camden 3-7, Bembry 0-1, Hagans 0-1). Assists–Rutgers 16 (Sanders 7), Penn St. 5 (Ebo 1). Fouled Out–Penn St. Frazier. Rebounds–Rutgers 38 (Wallace 8-9), Penn St. 33 (Marisa 2-8). Total Fouls–Rutgers 13, Penn St. 16. Technical Fouls–None. A–1,685.

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