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Kieger not thrilled with her Lady Lions

From Mirror reports

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State women’s basketball team hung tough with No. 17 Indiana in the first half, but the Hoosiers pulled away in the second half for a 76-60 win Thursday night in Big Ten action at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Junior Kamaria McDaniel led Penn State with a game-high 24 points while senior teammate Siyeh Frazier followed with 14 points.

The Lady Lions fell to 7-12 overall while Indiana improved to 15-5.

“We have to get better. I was really proud of our effort in that first half. We came out flat in the third quarter. Adversity hit and we gave up. We played selfish basketball in the second half. We only had eight assists in the game and that’s not going to get it done,” Penn State coach Carolyn Kieger said

The first seven minutes of the game saw a back-and-forth battle that had the score knotted at 13-13. The Hoosiers used a 7-2 streak to take a 20-15 lead, but an and-one from freshman Mya Bembry helped PSU pull within four at 22-18 as the first quarter expired.

Indiana scored the first point of the second quarter, but six points from McDaniel fueled an 11-2 Penn State streak over the next 3:48 that put the Lady Lions up 29-25 with 5:54 left on the first-half clock.

The Hoosiers were back in front 35-32 at the 2:35 mark before three-pointers from Frazier and freshman Makenna Marisa helped pull Penn State within one at 39-38 at halftime.

“I mean, everything went wrong in the second half, you name it. It starts with adversity, we start the second half, that matched up in defense and they get a wide-open layup, then we take a contested pull up and from there it’s just a spiral down effect,” Kieger said. “We have to be mentally tougher, you know, we’re taking bad shots, we’re not running the offense, we’re running around with our heads cut off not acting like we know the offense.”

Indiana scored the first 10 points of the second half and opened the term on a 14-5 stretch to put the Hoosier advantage at 53-43 midway through the stanza. Penn State’s offense got going in the final minutes of the third quarter with three baskets from three different Lady Lions, but the Hoosiers took a 58-49 lead into the final quarter.

Indiana scored eight of the first 11 points of the fourth term to extend its lead to 66-52 with 7:34 to play. Penn State kept fighting, but wouldn’t get closer than nine the rest of the way.

“We can talk all day about we’re young, or that we don’t understand the offense. What that is is an excuse,” Kieger said. “We don’t make excuses around here. We have to get better and we can’t tolerate the same mistakes over and over any more.”

Up next

Penn State heads to Purdue Sunday at 2 p.m. for a game on the Big Ten Network.

Game notes: McDaniel notched her eighth 20-plus point performance of the season. She has now scored in double figures in 18 of Penn State’s 19 games. … Frazier notched her 13th double-digit scoring game of the season. … Indiana held a 41-23 edge in rebounds. The Hoosiers scored 50 points in the paint compared to Penn State’s 26.

INDIANA (15-5): Gulbe 4-6 1-2 9, Wise 3-6 0-0 7, Berger 4-10 0-2 9, Patberg 5-10 8-10 18, Penn 4-11 1-2 11, Allen 1-1 0-0 2, Holmes 9-11 0-0 18, Warthen 1-2 0-0 2, Totals 31-57 10-16 76

PENN ST. (7-12): Ebo 2-3 2-2 6, Frazier 5-13 1-1 14, Hagans 0-3 0-0 0, Marisa 3-10 1-2 8, McDaniel 9-23 4-6 24, Camden 2-5 0-0 5, Wallace 0-0 0-0 0, Bembry 1-3 1-1 3, Totals 22-60 9-12 60

SCORE BY QUARTERs

Indiana 22 17 19 18 — 76

Penn State 18 20 11 11 — 60

3-Point Goals–Indiana 4-10 (Wise 1-1, Berger 1-1, Patberg 0-1, Penn 2-6, Warthen 0-1), Penn St. 7-19 (Frazier 3-4, Hagans 0-1, Marisa 1-3, McDaniel 2-6, Camden 1-4, Bembry 0-1). Assists–Indiana 18 (Patberg 9), Penn St. 8 (Frazier 3). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–Indiana 41 (Wise 5-10), Penn St. 23 (Bembry 2-2). Total Fouls–Indiana 17, Penn St. 14. Technical Fouls–None. A–1,634.

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