Lady Lions Overcome Foul Trouble to Defeat Northwestern, 79-75
The Penn State Lady Lion basketball team got off to a fast start at Northwestern on Sunday, leading by as many as 22 points in the first half.
The Wildcats chipped away at that big early lead and at the halfway mark the Lady Lions led by 13 with the score 44-31.
The second half was a much different story. Northwestern changed things around defensively.
The Wildcats used a variety of defenses including a box and 1, a triangle and 2, a basic 2-3 zone and of course some man-to-man.
They whittled the Penn State lead down to nothing and actually had a lead late in the game.
But Penn State's athletic ability and strong rebounding down the stretch enabled the Lady Lions to come away with a 79-75 win at Walsh-Ryan Arena.
After the game, assistant coach Kia Damon talked about the foul problems Penn State had to deal with. Talia East, Tori Waldner, Ariel Edwards and Maggie Lucas all had issues with calls. Edwards fouled out of the game late.
Those fouls, according to Damon prevented the Lady Lions from doing many things offensively and affected their defense as well. Damon also pointed out that good teams need to find a way to win games when they are not playing their best and that's what Penn State was able to do.
This was the second away game in a stretch where four out of five games are being played on the road. The lone home game during that span will be played Thursday at 7 p.m. against the Iowa Hawkeyes. Penn State defeated Iowa earlier this season in Iowa City 87-71.
Penn State is now 17-4 overall and 8-1 in Big Ten play and remain one game ahead of Michigan State. The Spartans defeated Purdue in their Sunday matchup.