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Losses piling uip for Lady Lions

From Mirror reports

LINCOLN, Neb. — The Penn State University women’s basketball team was outscored, 26-12, in the third quarter Thursday night en rroute to a 75-58 loss at Nebraska in Big Ten Conference play.

The loss dropped the Lady Lions to 7-18 overall and 1-13 in the league while Nebraska improved to 16-9 overall, 6-8 in the league.

Freshman Makenna Marisa led the Lady Lions with 15 points.

A good start, but …

Penn State scored its first nine points of the game by way of the three-pointer as the score sat tied at 9-9 midway through the first quarter. A layup from junior Alisia Smith then sparked an 11-4 Penn State run that saw five points from freshman Shay Hagans and four from Kamaria McDaniel as the Lady Lions surged ahead 20-13 to force a Nebraska timeout at the 1:03 mark.

The Huskers scored the final three points of the quarter, but Penn State controlled a 20-16 edge heading into the second quarter.

Nebraska was within two midway through the second quarter before Marisa hit a mid-range jumper and freshman Anna Camden followed with a corner 3-pointer to work Penn State’s lead to 31-24 with 2:49 left on the first-half clock. The Huskers answered with the final eight points of the half, six of which came from the free throw line, to take a 32-31 lead at the break.

Penn State couldn’t find an answer to a red-hot Nebraska offense in the third quarter. The Huskers finished the term 11-for-14 from the field (76.2 percent) and 3-for-3 from the free throw line to take a 58-43 lead into the final stanza.

The Lady Lions held the Huskers in check in the fourth quarter, but weren’t able to make a comeback as Nebraska secured the 75-58 win.

Key notes

n Marisa scored in double figures for the 12th time this season.

n McDaniel missed double figures for just the second time this season.

n Camden finished with a Big Ten career-high tying nine points behind a trio of 3-pointers.

n Siyeh Frazier led Penn State with seven rebounds and five assists. Her five assists tied her season high.

n The Huskers outscored the Lady Lions 26-12 in the third quarter which proved to be the difference.

Up next

Penn State is home Sunday to host No. 10 Maryland on senior day. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m.

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