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Lady Lions Take Down Siena to Open Season

by on November 10, 2017 9:24 PM

The Penn State Lady Lions (1-0) opened their 2017-2018 season Friday night at the Bryce Jordan Center with an 86-72 win over Siena.

With star point guard Teniya Page out with an ankle injury for the start of its season, Penn State had to adjust its game plan and did so successfully.

Meanwhile, Lady Lion legend Maggie Lucas was in attendance to watch her former team.

How It Happened

An early rush gave the Lady Lions a quick 10-3 lead thanks to buckets from forward Jaylen Williams and guards Siyeh Frazier and Jaida Travascio-Green. Siena battled back though, with tough defense coming from both sides. Penn State would take a 22-16 lead going into the second quarter, but Siena made them earn it.

Whatever momentum Siena gained in the first quarter was lost as the Lady Lions shook off the offseason dust. Penn State began to pull away, culminating in an 11-0 run and the Saints missing their last seven shots at the end of the half.

The Lady Lion offense was humming, shooting an outstanding 55 percent from three-point land and moving the ball exceptionally well thanks to Frazier. Two straight 2-2 trips to the line for Frazier punctuated the half for the Lady Lions and gave them a 49-22 lead. Starting point guard Amari Carter and freshman forward Alisia Smith led both teams with 9 points each for Penn State at the half.

Penn State showed no signs of slowing down entering the second half. The Lady Lions ran the floor with Siena in the third quarter, extending their 75-47. The fourth quarter would tell a different tale, with a hungry Siena squad plowing its way through a suddenly Swiss cheese Penn State defense.

Turnovers hampered the Lady Lions, sloppy ball handling giving the Saints plenty of fastbreak opportunities. A heroic effort from Siena guard Kollyns Scarbrough would see her finish with a double-double, but it was too little too late for the Saints, despite closing the gap to a 79-66 deficit. The Lady Lions got back in the swing of things, eventually closing out the game back in control and earning a victory to start the season off right.

Player Of The Game

Amari Carter | Guard | Junior

Filling in for Teniya Page is no easy job, but Carter filled the stat sheet with a 19-6-5 performance, leading the team in scoring. Solid defensive work on the perimeter and great court vision helped Carter propel her team to an opening victory.

What’s Next

The Lady Lions will continue their opening homestand against Drexel on Sunday. Tipoff is at 1 p.m. in the Bryce Jordan Center.

 



Matt Paolizzi is a Penn State student and writer for OnwardState.com
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