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Northwestern beats Lady Lions

Jekot out for year

UNIVERSITY PARK –The Penn State women’s basketball team couldn’t find its offensive rhythm Sunday afternoon as the Lady Lions suffered a 67-50 loss to No. 22 Northwestern in Big Ten action inside the Bryce Jordan Center.

Penn State played without its leading scorer and second-leading rebounder, Kelly Jekot, who was unavailable due to a non-COVID related injury.

“We have a tall task ahead of us,” Penn State coach Carolyn Kieger said. “Kelly Jekot suffered a season-ending injury, not related to COVID, this week and we have to figure out how to make up for her scoring, minutes and rebounding. Our team was definitely feeling that tonight, and I’m excited for three or four days of practice to be able to fix that and get in sync without her on the court. We’ll figure out how we’re going to revamp and figure out how we’re going to make up for that loss by committee.”

Senior Johnasia Cash led Penn State with 14 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Makenna Marisa added 12 points.

Penn State is scheduled to travel to Rutgers Thursday for a 7 p.m. tipoff.

NORTHWESTERN (7-2): Shaw 2-5 1-2 5, Burton 7-13 3-5 19, Hamilton 2-5 0-1 5, Pulliam 8-23 1-2 17, Wood 6-9 1-1 13, Mott 3-4 0-2 6, Hartman 0-0 0-0 0, Pikiell 0-0 0-0 0, Rainey 1-2 0-1 2, Satterwhite 0-0 0-0 0, McWilliams 0-0 0-0 0, Morris 0-2 0-0 0, Team 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 29-63 6-14 67

PENN ST. (4-6): Camden 3-6 2-2 8, Cash 4-11 6-10 14, Beverley 1-4 0-0 2, Hagans 0-2 4-6 4, Marisa 5-9 0-1 12, Burke 3-7 0-0 8, Sabel 0-3 0-0 0, Thornton 1-4 0-0 2, Donovan 0-0 0-0 0, Team 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 17-46 12-19 50

Northwestern 14 18 20 15 — 67

Penn St. 10 8 19 13 — 50

3-Point Goals–Northwestern 3-16 (Burton 2-6, Hamilton 1-3, Pulliam 0-6, Wood 0-1), Penn St. 4-13 (Camden 0-2, Beverley 0-1, Marisa 2-3, Burke 2-5, Sabel 0-2). Assists–Northwestern 18 (Hamilton 5), Penn St. 11 (Marisa 4). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–Northwestern 41 (Shaw 6-12), Penn St. 30 (Cash 4-8). Total Fouls–Northwestern 16, Penn St. 16. Technical Fouls–None. A–219.

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