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Lady Lions Upset No. 13 Tennessee

by on November 20, 2016 7:36 PM

Penn State (3-1) stayed home Sunday for an out-of-conference matchup against the No. 13 Tennessee Lady Vols. Penn State was coming off two straight wins over Saint Peter’s and Akron, respectively, while Tennessee (3-1) came into the matchup winning three games in a row where it averaged 83 points per game during the streak. The hot shooting from the Lady Lions was instrumental in upsetting the Lady Vols 70-56.

How It Happened

After Tennessee opened the game with an easy two-point bucket, Penn State took control for the next five minutes going on an 11-2 run with three-pointers from Teniya Page, Amari Carter, and Kaliyah Mitchell. The Lady Vols struggled shooting the ball early on, especially in the paint, going 6-20 from the field in the first quarter. The Lady Lions led 15-14 after one.

Both teams traded baskets in the early stages of the second quarter highlighted by a gorgeous scoop layup from Page at the 5:46 mark to give the Lady Lions a 19-16 lead. Penn State’s 2-3 zone on defense was outstanding in the quarter, forcing Tennessee to take tough shots and limiting the Lady Vols to 1-11 from beyond the arc in the first half.

Penn State took control before the half, holding the Lady Vols to just 3-16 shooting in the quarter. Penn State went into the locker room with an impressive 33-20 advantage after outscoring Tennessee 18-6 in the second quarter.

Tennessee came out of the break looking to make adjustments to break down Penn State’s zone. The Lady Vols’ ball movement to the inside was much more crisp to start the third, which led to Tennessee starting the frame on a 7-2 run. But a timely Page three ball and layup from Sierra Moore helped momentarily stop Tennessee’s momentum. The Lady Vols began to string together buckets late in the third quarter and cut Penn State’s lead down to four heading into the final period. 

Page picked up right where she left off, scoring the Lady Lions' first six points of the fourth quarter and the Lady Lions went on a 13-0 run to start the final frame.

Penn State, and particularly Page, had an answer for everything that Tennessee threw at them. The sophomore finished with a game-high 26 points capped by a late three-pointer as the Lady Lions completed the upset, 70-56.

Player Of The Game

Teniya Page | Sophomore | Guard

The sophomore was outstanding shooting the ball for the Lady Lions today. Page scored a game-high 29 points including three triples and tallied four rebounds.

What’s Next

Penn State travels to Daytona Beach, Fla. on Thanksgiving to face Georgia State in the San Juan Shootout. Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m.

 



Dylan Coughlin is a writer for Onward State.
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