Lady Lions Comeback Bid Falls Just Short Against South Dakota State
Playing on the road against South Dakota State, the sub-zero temperatures seemed to have an impact on the Penn State Lady Lion basketball team.
For awhile it looked as if Penn State's ability to score was frozen. The Lady Lions also had a hard time stopping the Jackrabbits, falling behind 55-35 at half time.
In the second half, SDSU still had the hot hand and worked its way to the biggest lead of the game at 58-35 with 18:44 to play.
Slowly but surely the Lady Lions started to thaw out. They chipped away at that lead and had it down to 8 with 9:06 to play. But the Jackrabbits pushed ahead by 14 with 8:07 remaining.
That's when the Lady Lions went to work. Behind the inspired play of Ariel Edwards and Dara Taylor, PSU cut the lead into single digits again and then whittled the lead to just 1 on a 3-point play by Edwards with 1:17 remaining.
But Penn State could not complete the comeback. The game ended with a driving layup by SDSU's Gabby Boever, 1 of 2 free throws from Tara Heiser followed by an Edwards jumper. South Dakota State led by 2 with :04 remaining.
Steph Paluch iced the game with 2 free throws sending the 2,000 plus Jackrabbit fans into a frenzy with an 83-79 victory.
Penn State was led by Ariel Edwards with 24 points, matching a career high, Maggie Lucas had 20 and Dara Taylor had a career high with 19.
The Lady Lions will conclude their non-conference schedule with three straight home games beginning this Sunday against Texas A&M at 2:00. They play Alcorn State the following Sunday at 11:00 and then Hartford comes to town on the 29th for a 2:00 tip.
Penn State falls to 6-3 on the season heading into this weekend's matchup with the Aggies.