Fourth-quarter comeback fizzles

From Mirror reports

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State women’s basketball team trimmed a 23-point fourth-quarter deficit down to single digits, but it wasn’t able to complete the comeback in a 77-66 loss to to No. 18 Iowa Thursday night at the Bryce Jordan Center.

“I want to start out by staying I’m extremely proud of our underclassmen tonight for the fight they had in that fourth quarter,” Lady Lions coach Carolyn Kieger said. “I just thought they poured their heart out in the fourth quarter, which is the team we need to be moving forward.”

Junior Kamaria McDaniel led Penn State with 19 points, while freshman Makenna Marisa followed with 10 points.

Iowa raced out to a 9-0 lead three minutes into the game to force an early Penn State timeout. The Lady Lions answered with an 11-2 run over the next 4:21, thanks to eight points from McDaniel as Penn State rallied to knot the score at 11-11 with 2:30 left in the frame. The Hawkeyes scored four of the final six points to take a 15-13 lead after one.

Freshman Anna Camden drilled a 3-pointer to open the second quarter. Junior Alisia Smith followed with a layup as Penn State took its first lead of the game at 18-15 a minute into the quarter.

Iowa answered with the next seven points before McDaniel rattled off five-straight to give PSU a 23-22 edge with 5:36 to play in the first half. Iowa then went on a 19-2 run, however, for a 41-25 halftime lead.

“I want to say I’ve had so much respect for Iowa, not only this year but in years past. They share the basketball, they do things the right way, they develop their kids, and (coach) Lisa (Bluder) has done a great job with their program and we have to get there,” Kieger said.

Iowa opened the second half with five-straight points. Penn State then rattled off an 11-4 burst that pulled the Lady Lions within 50-36 three minutes into the third quarter. The Hawkeyes increased that lead to 66-46 heading into the final frame.

Down 69-46. Penn State went on a 12-0 run, thanks to baskets from four different Lady Lions, including four points from both Shay Hagans and Camden. Penn State was back within 69-58 with 3:31 to play.

Iowa scored the next five points before Siyeh Frazier and Marisa drilled back-to-back treys. McDaniel added a free throw to narrow the gap to single digits at 73-65 with 32 seconds left on the clock. Penn State wasn’t able to get any closer, however, as the Hawkeyes went 4-for-4 from the charity stripe down the stretch to seal the win.

“We have to get to that level of intensity. We have to get to that level of sharing the basketball and we’re taking strides and we’re getting better every day, but that fight that we had in the fourth quarter needs to be the team that we are moving forward,” Kieger said.

Penn State hosts Northwestern Sunday at noon.

IOWA (18-3): Ollinger 3-7 1-2 7, Warnock 6-10 2-4 16, Doyle 7-13 8-9 23, Meyer 4-12 5-6 14, Sevillian 4-9 4-6 15, Cook 0-2 0-0 0, Marshall 0-2 0-0 0, Martin 0-2 0-0 0, Taiwo 1-3 0-0 2, Totals 25-60 20-27 77

PENN STATE (7-14): Ebo 0-3 0-2 0, Frazier 3-3 2-2 9, Hagans 3-9 1-3 7, Marisa 3-10 3-3 10, McDaniel 7-19 4-6 19, Camden 3-8 0-0 7, Smith 2-5 2-2 6, Wallace 3-4 0-0 6, Bembry 1-3 0-0 2, Totals 25-64 12-18 66


Iowa 15 26 25 11 — 77

Penn State 13 12 21 20 — 66

3-Point Goals–Iowa 7-23 (Warnock 2-3, Doyle 1-3, Meyer 1-6, Sevillian 3-8, Marshall 0-2, Taiwo 0-1), Penn St. 4-13 (Frazier 1-1, Hagans 0-2, Marisa 1-2, McDaniel 1-3, Camden 1-5). Assists–Iowa 18 (Doyle 8), Penn St. 8 (Marisa 3). Fouled Out–Penn St. Frazier, Hagans. Rebounds–Iowa 34 (Ollinger 2-9), Penn St. 44 (Smith 3-7). Total Fouls–Iowa 17, Penn St. 24. Technical Fouls–None. A–1,657.


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