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Cash is money for Lady Lions

From Mirror reports

UNIVERSITY PARK — A big fourth quarter, and another dominant performance from senior Johnasia Cash, led the Penn State women’s basketball team to an 85-74 Big Ten win over Nebraska Thursday night at the Jordan Center.

Cash scored a game-high 27 points and pulled down a career-best 19 rebounds for her fourth-straight double-double and sixth in the last seven games. She is the first Penn State player in 24 years to notch double-doubles in four-consecutive games.

Penn State out-scored the Huskers 26-16 in the fourth quarter, fueled by a 17-3 run in the game’s final 3:17.

“Incredibly proud of our composure again down the stretch. Huge 26-16 fourth quarter for us and we made every right play down the stretch there and really kept our composure,” Lady Lions coach Carolyn Kieger said. “Obviously a monster game for Johnasia Cash. She is the first Penn State player in 24 years to have four-straight double-doubles, so it’s not even like she’s scoring 11 and 10 — she’s getting almost 20 and 20 which is obviously incredibly impressive.”

In addition to Cash’s performance, three other Lady Lions finished in double figures. Sophomore Makenna Marisa tallied 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Freshman Maddie Burke had 13 points and a career-best eight rebounds, while sophomore Shay Hagans chipped in 10 points and five rebounds.

“Another huge team win. Everybody stepped up in big moments,” Kieger said. “I’m incredibly proud that we out-rebounded that team tonight. They’re a tough, physical team and we’re undersized there. But when you have Cash and your post players pulling down 19 rebounds and Maddie Burke coming in with eight, that absolutely helps us out.”

The game was up in the air in the final frame. A back-and-forth fourth quarter saw Nebraska jump in front 71-68 with 3:39 to play. Cash took over the game from there, scoring eight points to fuel a 17-3 game-closing run for the Lady Lions. Penn State went 11-for-13 from the free throw line in the final 3:17 to seal the victory.

GAME NOTES: The Lady Lions host Wisconsin Sunday at 2 p.m. … Penn State finished with nine turnovers, marking the third-straight game the Lady Lions have turned the ball over 10 times or less. It’s the first time since 2017 that Penn State has committed 10 or fewer turnovers in three-straight games. …The Lady Lions beat Nebraska for the first time since 2017. … Cash is the first Penn State player to record double-doubles in four-straight games since former standout Angie Potthoff did it in 1997.

NEBRASKA (9-6): Cravens 3-6 0-0 6, Cain 10-17 1-3 21, Haiby 4-14 0-0 10, Porter 2-8 1-2 6, Scoggin 4-9 0-0 11, Bourne 3-11 2-6 9, Cayton 1-3 0-1 2, Brown 3-4 0-0 9, Stewart 0-0 0-0 0, Team 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 30-72 4-12 74

PENN ST. (7-7): Camden 2-6 1-1 5, Beverley 1-5 2-2 5, Burke 4-11 2-2 13, Hagans 3-6 4-4 10, Marisa 4-19 7-8 17, Cash 9-16 8-13 27, Garcia 1-1 0-0 3, Sabel 1-3 2-2 5, Team 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 25-67 26-32 85

Nebraska 12 28 18 16 — 74

Penn St. 20 24 15 26 — 85

3-Point Goals–Nebraska 10-27 (Haiby 2-6, Porter 1-5, Scoggin 3-7, Bourne 1-4, Cayton 0-1, Brown 3-4), Penn St. 9-30 (Camden 0-3, Beverley 1-3, Burke 3-9, Hagans 0-1, Marisa 2-9, Cash 1-1, Garcia 1-1, Sabel 1-3). Assists–Nebraska 21 (Haiby 5), Penn St. 15 (Marisa 5). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–Nebraska 41 (Haiby 4-8), Penn St. 50 (Cash 6-19). Total Fouls–Nebraska 21, Penn St. 15. Technical Fouls–None. A–175.

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