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After first, Penn State collapses

From Mirror reports

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Offensive struggles were too much for the Penn State women’s basketball team Thursday night as the Lady Lions fell to Rutgers, 72-39, in Big Ten Conference action on the road.

Junior Kamaria McDaniel led Penn State with 17 points, while senior Siyeh Frazier chipped in 10.

Four points from junior Alisia Smith and two from Frazier helped Penn State to a quick 6-2 lead, but Rutgers responded with a 9-0 burst to pull in front 11-6 five minutes into the game. The Penn State defense didn’t allow the Scarlet Knights to convert a field goal past the 5:30 mark as the lock-down effort helped PSU pull within 14-12 at the end of the first term.

The Scarlet Knights scored the first 13 points of the second quarter to put Penn State in a 27-12 hole midway through the stanza. Six points from McDaniel then fueled an 8-2 PSU run to close the half as the Lady Lions narrowed the gap to 29-20.

Frazier scored four of the first six points of the second half to pull the Lady Lions within 31-24. Rutgers then closed the third quarter on a 21-5 run to stretch its lead to 52-29 heading into the final 10 minutes.

McDaniel scored nine points in the fourth quarter, but Penn State was never able to recover as Rutgers cruised to a victory.

Game notes

n McDaniel has now scor-ed in double figures in 22 of Penn State’s 23 games.

n Rutgers finished with a 42-19 rebound advantage, including a 14-4 edge on the offensive glass.

n McDaniel led Penn Sta-te in scoring for the 16th time this season.

n The Lady Lions shot 31.8 percent from the field compared to Rutgers’ 51.9 percent.

n Frazier notched her 15th double-digit scoring effort of the season.

Up next

n Penn State hosts Illinois Sunday at 2 p.m.

PENN STATE (7-16): Smith 1-3 2-2 4, Bembry 0-0 0-0 0, Frazier 4-12 2-2 10, Marisa 1-7 1-2 3, McDaniel 6-14 5-6 17, Camden 0-2 0-0 0, Ebo 0-0 0-0 0, Hagans 2-6 0-0 5, 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 14-44 10-12 39

RUTGERS (17-5): Mack 3-6 0-2 6, Wallace 6-7 0-0 12, Broughton 4-10 0-0 9, Guirantes 7-9 9-12 24, Sanders 3-12 2-2 10, Gilles 2-5 1-2 5, Singleton 1-1 0-0 2, Davenport 2-2 0-1 4, Migliore 0-2 0-0 0, 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 28-54 12-19 72

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Penn St…….12 8 9 10 — 39

Rutgers…….14 15 23 20 — 72

3-Point Goals–Penn St. 1-13 (Frazier 0-2, Marisa 0-2, McDaniel 0-4, Camden 0-2, Hagans 1-3), Rutgers 4-15 (Broughton 1-3, Guirantes 1-2, Sanders 2-6, Gilles 0-2, Migliore 0-2). Assists–Penn St. 5 (McDaniel 2), Rutgers 18 (Mack 7). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–Penn St. 19 (Smith 1-4), Rutgers 42 ( 3-5). Total Fouls–Penn St. 14, Rutgers 13. Technical Fouls–None. A–1,658.

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