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Lady Lions run past Spartans

College Women's Basketball: Penn State 86, Michigan State 73

UNIVERSITY PARK — A full-team offensive onslaught led the Penn State women’s basketball team to an 86-73 win over Michigan State Thursday night at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Penn State tallied a season-best 22 assists on 31 made field goals in its efficient offensive night to earn the Lady Lions’ first Big Ten victory of the season.

“I’m extremely proud of our team’s effort tonight,” Penn State coach Carolyn Kieger said. “We’ve been talking about max effort for the last three weeks and trying to get them to play with the sense of urgency that we need them to. We watched some film to fix our first three steps on offense, and I thought they did a great job tonight on primary and transition.”

Senior Siyeh Frazier and junior Kamaria McDaniel both registered 24 points. McDaniel also led Penn State with career-best marks of 11 rebounds and nine assists, finishing just one assist shy of a triple-double.

Junior Alisia Smith added 16 points and freshman Shay Hagans rounded out the double-digit scorers with a career-best 12 points.

Michigan State held an early 7-2 edge two minutes into the game, but Penn State raced back with seven-straight points over the next 53 seconds to jump in front 9-7.

The score was knotted at 17-17 with just under three minutes to play in the first quarter before McDaniel drained a 3-pointer that sparked a 7-0 PSU streak in a 1:06 span to help the Lady Lions take a 24-19 lead into the second stanza.

The Spartans were back within one at 26-25 two minutes into the second quarter, but strong passing led to four PSU layups in the next 1:29 as the Lady Lions strung together nine-straight points to take a 35-25 lead with 6:05 left on the clock.

The Penn State offense continued to shine as MSU wouldn’t get closer than eight for the remainder of the first half. The Lady Lion lead reached as much as 13 before an MSU jumper ended the half and PSU took a 47-36 edge into halftime.

The Spartans scored the first nine points of the second half to trim their deficit to two at 47-45 before McDaniel drained a clutch 3-pointer at the 6:31 mark. The trey was followed by four points from Frazier to put the Lady Lion lead back at 54-47 with just over four minutes on the clock.

MSU’s Taryn McCutcheon hit back-to-back 3-pointers that pulled the Spartans within 54-53 at the 2:25 mark. A clutch trey from Frazier then highlighted a 7-4 Penn State spurt to close the quarter and give PSU a 61-57 edge heading into the fourth.

Michigan State was within four at 67-63 just under four minutes into the fourth quarter before Frazier scored five-straight points and Hagans followed with a jumper to put Penn State ahead 74-63 with 5:19 left on the clock.

The Lady Lions wouldn’t look back as that 7-0 streak served as the front end of a 16-2 stretch that gave Penn State the separation it would need to pull away for the 86-73 win.

Penn State dished out a season-best 22 assists. It marked the most assists since the Lady Lions recorded 22 against American on Dec. 16, 2018.

MICHIGAN STATE (8-7, 1-3): Belles 8-11 3-4 19, Joiner 6-15 0-0 15, McCutcheon 5-17 0-0 14, Clouden 5-16 1-2 11, Hollie 2-3 0-0 4, Ayrault 2-6 0-0 4, Ozment 1-3 0-0 2, Parks 1-6 0-0 2, Winston 1-2 0-0 2. Totals — 31-79 4-6 73.

PENN STATE (7-8, 1-3): McDaniel 7-18 5-5 24, Frazier 10-18 2-2 24, Smith 4-6 8-9 16, Marisa 2-6 0-0 4, Camden 0-1 0-0 0, Hagans 5-7 2-2 12, Ebo 3-7 0-0 6, Bembry 0-0 0-0 0. Totals — 31-63 17-18 86.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Michigan State 19 17 21 16 — 73

Penn State 24 23 14 25 — 86

3-point goals: Michigan State 7-27 (McCutcheon 4-12, Joiner 3-8, Ozment 0-1, Winston 0-1, Ayrault 0-2, Clouden 0-3); Penn State 7-15 (McDaniel 5-8, Frazier 2-3, Camden 0-1, Hagans 0-1, Marisa 0-2). Assists: Michigan State 15 (Clouden 7); Penn State 22 (McDaniel 9). Rebounds: Michigan State 40 (Belles 8); Penn State 40 (McDaniel).

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