Lady Lions Downed by Notre Dame
The Penn State Lady Lion coaching staff emphasized during pre-game warm ups that the team needed to keep the Notre Dame off the offensive glass in order to be successful against the 4th ranked Fighting Irish.
Unfortunately that isn't always as easy as it sounds.
Notre Dame knocked off the Lady Lions 77-67 at the Bryce Jordan Center Wednesday evening. That drops Penn State's records to 6-2 on the season. Notre Dame improved to 7-0.
The difference on the board was key as the Irish out-rebounded the Lady Lions 19-9 on the offensive glass. Notre Dame outscored Penn State 20-12 in second chance points.
Things started out well with Penn State jumping out to an early 6 point lead but Notre Dame's defense held leading scorer Maggie Lucas scoreless until late in the second half. Lucas scored just 1 field goal -- 15 points below her season average.
If there was a bright spot for the Lady Lions it was the play of the others on the floor. Lucas went to the bench with about 14:00 to play in the game with her fourth foul.
With Lucas on the bench Ariel Edwards, 14 points, Dara Taylor, 12 points and Talia East, a career high 12 points kept Penn State withing striking distance. The Irish opened up a 17 point lead several times in the second stanza but the Lady Lions kept battling and closed to within 10 points a couple of times.
Before the game, head coach Coquese Washington said she is fortunate to be able to coach at Penn State, play against her alma mater and be around the game of basketball, all parts of her life that she loves.
Washington will now get her young team ready for two road games. The Lady Lions head to Georgetown on Sunday at 2 p.m. That's followed by a trip to South Dakota State on Wednesday night.
Post game interviews from GoPSUSports.com appear below: