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OT loss sends Lady Lions to 3-8

From Mirror reports

UNIVERSITY PARK – Regulation wasn’t enough for the Penn State Lady Lions on Sunday against USF, as the Bulls claimed a 90-87 overtime victory at the Bryce Jordan Center.

The second half and overtime featured 16 ties and 16 lead changes, with the final lead change coming on a pair of Alisia Jenkins free throws with 41 seconds left to play to give USF (9-3) the victory.

It was the first overtime contest at the Bryce Jordan Center for the Lady Lions (3-8) since a 71-65 win over Michigan on Feb. 18, 2010 and marked the first time since 2010-11 that Penn State has played multiple overtime games in the same season.

Neither team enjoyed much of a lead in the second half or overtime, with the largest margin for either team reaching three points over the final 18:38 of the contest. After Penn State built a four-point advantage, 51-47, with 13:38 to play, the game was played within one possession.

Sophomore Lindsey Spann netted a career-high 28 points, marking the highest scoring game for a Penn State player since Ariel Edwards poured in 29 points versus Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament on March 7, 2014. It was the 10th double-digit scoring game for Spann this season, which includes three 20-point efforts.

A pair of double-doubles highlighted the afternoon for Penn State with Candice Agee and Sierra Moore each accomplishing the feat against USF. It was the first time since Feb. 20, 2012 in which more than one Lady Lion posted double-doubles when Nikki Greene, Mia Nickson and Maggie Lucas all notched double-doubles against Ohio State.

It was the first career double-double for Agee, who scored 21 points and grabbed 17 boards against the Bulls. The 21 points equaled her career-high which came against Seton Hall on Nov. 22, and her 11 rebounds are a career best, surpassing her previous high of nine, which she accomplished four times, most recently against Rider on Dec. 14. Agee swatted four more shots versus USF and now has 24 blocks on the season, surpassing her career-best total of 21 from 2013-14.

Moore earned her second career double-double with a 17-point, 10-rebound performance versus USF. Her previous double-double came earlier this season vs. Seton Hall (14 points, 10 rebounds) on Nov. 22. Her 17 points moved her career total over 200. She has 202 career tallies, with 139 of those points coming in a Lady Lion uniform. She also netted 63 points during her freshman season at Duke. The 10 rebounds also equaled Moore’s career high, tying her 10 rebounds from Nov. 22 vs. Seton Hall.

Playing in her first game this season, sophomore Alex Harris set a career-high with nine points.

USF’s Courtney Williams led all scorers with 34 points.

The Lady Lions take a week-long break for the holidays and return to open Big Ten Conference play with a pair of road games at Iowa on Sunday, Dec. 28 and at Michigan on Thursday, Jan. 1.

USF (9-3): Williams 11-29 10-11 34, Jenkins 6-10 11-13 23, Taylor 3-13 2-2 10, Jespersen 4-10 0-2 8, Ferreira 2-8 0-1 6, Stringfield 1-4 3-4 5, Marcos Canedo 2-2 0-1 4, Pujol 0-0 0-0 0, Brooks 0-2 0-0 0, Flores 0-0 0-0 0, Naylor 0-0 0-2 0, Weber 0-2 0-2 0. Totals: 29-80 26-38 90.

PENN STATE (3-8): Spann 11-22 5-9 28, Agee 8-10 5-9 21, Moore 6-19 4-6 17, Harris 3-5 3-8 9, Mitchell 1-5 4-4 6, Whitted 1-4 2-2 4, Sevillian 1-4 0-1 2, DeGraaf 0-1 0-0 0, Waldner 0-1 0-1 0. Totals: 31-71 23-40 87.

Halftime-Tied, 37-37. Regulation-Tied, 77-77. 3-point goals-USF 6-20 (Taylor 2-8, Ferreira 2-6, Williams 2-5, Stringfield 0-1), Penn State 2-5 (Spann 1-3, Moore 1-1, Sevillian 0-1). Fouled out-USF-None, Penn State-Spann, Mitchell, Waldner. Rebounds-USF 56 (Jenkins 21), Penn State 54 (Agee 11). Assists-USF 7 (Williams 2, Stringfield 2), Penn State 15 (Spann 3, Moore 3). Total fouls-USF 28, Penn State 30. Technical fouls-USF-None, Penn State-None. A-3,429.