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Lady Lions pull away on the road for victory

EVANSTON, Ill. — The Penn State women’s basketball team came out with the victory in a hard-fought 63-59 win over Northwestern on Thursday night in Welsh-Ryan Arena.

The Lady Lions (9-7, Big Ten 3-3) were a perfect 14-of-14 from the free throw line and forced 11 steals.

Northwestern dropped to 11-6 overall and 3-3 in conference.

Makenna Marisa earned her 10th 20-point game of the season with 20 points. She went 10-of-10 at the free throw line, including the final six of the game, and grabbed seven rebounds and two steals.

Leilani Kapinus reached double-figures for the fourth-straight game, and fifth time in the last six games, with 15 points. Kapinus added eight rebounds, five steals and a block.

Ali Brigham contributed nine points and five rebounds, while Anna Camden had eight points and six boards. Penn State shot 36.7 percent from the field, but got a big boost from the free throw line. Penn State forced 18 turnovers, collecting 11 steals.

Northwestern was paced by Veronica Burton’s 16 points, seven assists and five steals. Caileigh Walsh added 11 points while Laya Hartman had 10. Northwestern shot 35 percent from the field.

The Lady Lions are at Wisconsin on Sunday.

PENN ST. (9-7): Brigham 4-6 1-1 9, Hagans 2-6 0-0 4, Jekot 1-4 0-0 2, Kapinus 6-11 3-3 15, Marisa 4-18 10-10 20, Camden 3-6 0-0 8, Burke 1-4 0-0 3, Sabel 1-5 0-0 2, Team 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 22-60 14-14 63

NORTHWESTERN (11-6): Shaw 2-7 0-2 4, Brown 1-7 0-0 3, Burton 6-12 2-6 16, Daley 2-7 1-1 5, Hartman 4-13 0-0 10, Mott 1-4 0-0 2, Walsh 4-8 2-2 11, Rainey 0-0 0-0 0, Satterwhite 3-7 0-0 8, Team 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 23-65 5-11 59

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Penn St………….14 14 14 21 — 63

Northwestern…18 10 13 18 — 59

3-Point Goals–Penn St. 5-19 (Hagans 0-1, Jekot 0-3, Kapinus 0-1, Marisa 2-6, Camden 2-4, Burke 1-2, Sabel 0-2), Northwestern 8-24 (Brown 1-6, Burton 2-5, Daley 0-1, Hartman 2-4, Walsh 1-3, Satterwhite 2-5). Assists–Penn St. 14 (Jekot 6), Northwestern 19 (Burton 7). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–Penn St. 43 (Brigham 3-5), Northwestern 37 (Shaw 5-14). Total Fouls–Penn St. 14, Northwestern 14. Technical Fouls–None. A–939.

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