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Frazier’s finale at BJC not enough for Lady Lions

From Mirror reports

UNIVERSITY PARK — Despite 28 points from Penn State senior Siyeh Frazier, in her final game at the Bryce Jordan Center, it wasn’t enough as the Lady Lions fell to Michigan, 80-66, Thursday night in a Big Ten Conference matchup.

The loss dropped Penn State to 7-21 overall and 1-16 in the league, while the Wolverines improved to 19-9 overall and 10-7 in the league.

“What a phenomenal last game — career-high 28 points, seven rebounds, four steals, and played her heart out,” PSU coach Carolyn Kieger said. “Unfortunately, we didn’t get the “W” for her, but what a transformation she’s made this season not only as a player, but as a leader. I’m very proud of her and I’m very proud that she was able to go out with her career high at the BJC. Hopefully, that’s one for her to remember.”

Frazier did her damage on a 12-of-17 shooting night. She added a team-best seven rebounds and four steals. Junior Kamaria McDaniel followed with 16 points, while freshman Makenna Marisa chipped in 10.

Frazier scored seven points in the first quarter, but Michigan used a 3-for-4 effort from 3-point range to control the first term as the Wolverines were ahead 23-13 through the first 10 minutes.

Michigan opened the second quarter with a layup, but Frazier followed with six-straight points that pulled PSU within 25-19. The Wolverines answered with six of the next eight points as their lead grew to 31-21 with 5:53 left on the first-half clock.

“We don’t have the wins that we want, but I can tell that we’re chipping away, and that’s part of changing the culture and part of growing day-by-day,” Kieger said.

The Lady Lion defense set the tone for the remainder of the half as Penn State held Michigan to a 1-for-7 clip from the field with seven turnovers in the final 5:53 of the half. McDaniel scored five points during that stretch while Frazier and Marisa each added baskets to trim the Michigan lead down to 33-30 at halftime.

Marisa opened the second half with a 3-pointer and Shay Hagans followed with a fast-break layup as Penn State took its first lead of the game at 35-33 less than a minute into the third quarter. Michigan was red-hot for the remainder of the quarter, however, as the Wolverines shot 12-for-18 from the field and outscored Penn State 26-9 to take a 59-44 lead into the final term.

Michigan scored the first nine points of the fourth quarter, but Penn State battled right back with a 9-0 streak of its own as the score sat at 68-53 with just on five minutes left to play. The Lady Lions weren’t able to get closer than 12 the rest of the way, however, as Michigan picked up the 80-66 win.

“As a team, we have to keep chipping away, and we have to keep getting better. We can play a half at max effort then in our third quarter or fourth quarter, we hit a wall and we have to learn how to play 40 minutes as hard as we can,” Kieger said.

Up next

Penn State closes out the regular season Sunday at Michigan State.

MICHIGAN (19-9): Brown 4-10 2-2 12, Hillmon 12-15 2-3 26, Dilk 6-17 2-2 15, Johnson 2-9 2-2 7, Nolan 4-6 0-0 10, Kiser 1-1 0-0 2, Varejao 3-4 0-0 6, Sidor 0-2 0-0 0, Smeenge 1-4 0-0 2, Team 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 33-68 8-9 80

PENN STATE (7-21): Smith 1-4 2-2 4, Frazier 12-17 2-3 28, Hagans 2-10 0-0 4, Marisa 4-9 0-0 10, McDaniel 6-15 4-6 16, Camden 0-3 0-0 0, Ebo 2-5 0-0 4, Wallace 0-0 0-0 0, Bembry 0-0 0-0 0, James 0-0 0-0 0, Semion 0-1 0-0 0, Team 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 27-64 8-11 66

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Michigan 23 10 26 21 — 80

Penn State 13 17 14 22 — 66

3-Point Goals–Michigan 6-15 (Brown 2-4, Dilk 1-2, Johnson 1-2, Nolan 2-3, Sidor 0-1, Smeenge 0-3), Penn St. 4-15 (Frazier 2-4, Hagans 0-3, Marisa 2-4, McDaniel 0-1, Camden 0-3). Assists–Michigan 24 (Dilk 7), Penn St. 7 (Smith 2). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–Michigan 44 (Hillmon 5-8), Penn St. 31 (McDaniel 2-4). Total Fouls–Michigan 11, Penn St. 10. Technical Fouls–None. A–1,691.

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