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Lady Lions Breeze Past Florida, Cruise Into Sweet Sixteen

by on March 26, 2014 6:45 AM

It's back to the Sweet 16 for the Penn State Lady Lion basketball team.

Penn State used the home court advantage as well as a decided height advantage to take down the Florida Gators Tuesday night at the Bryce Jordan Center, 83-61.

Penn State unveiled a defensive scheme of switching from zone to man to man on almost every possession, confusing the Gators and forcing them into 20 turnovers.

The Lady Lions came out flat in their first round game against Wichita State on Sunday but came out very strong in this one. They were never really challenged throughout the game. Dara Taylor controlled the tempo through the contest and got great help from every player on the floor both offensively and defensively.

Taylor and Maggie Lucas led the Lady Lions in the scoring column with 22 points each while Ariel Edwards chipped in with 18. The player of the game in the first half was freshman Kaliyah Mitchell who was all over the court and finished with eight points and seven rebounds. Mitchell also had numerous deflections and defensive plays that don't show up on the stat sheet.

The Lady Lions will be back in action on Sunday at a time to be determined when they take on the Cardinal of Stanford in California.

Penn State is the No. 3 seed while the Cardinal are No. 2. The top seed in the region is South Carolina. Penn State is now 24-7 on the season and will look to advance to the Elite 8 with a win on Sunday.

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Jerry Fisher hosts "Centre County This Morning," appearing weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on 970 WBLF. He is now a regular columnist for StateCollege.com, as well.
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