Penn State Women's Basketball: Lady Lions Enter Season with Lofty Expectations
The Penn State women's basketball team, ranked in the top 10 by two preseason publications, is coming off its first Big Ten championship since 2003-04 and return four starters, including All-conference guards Alex Bentley and Maggie Lucas.
Expectations are high for a team that advanced to the Sweet 16 a year ago before bowing out to Connecticut. Joining a team that returns 86 percent of its scoring are two former McDonald's High School All-Americans, guard Dara Taylor, the transfer from Maryland, and freshman forward Candice Agee.
Road dates at Texas A&M, Miami (Fla.) and Connecticut highlight the nonconference portion of the schedule, which starts Nov. 3 with an exhibition at home against California (Pa.).
Monday, the Lady Lions held their Media Day in advance of the season. Assistant coach Kia Damon addressed reporters before players were made available on the Bryce Jordan Center floor.
Penn State women's basketball coach Coquese Washington was home Monday because of a family emergency. I only heard positive news regarding the situation Monday afternoon, and it's not expected to keep Washington away from her team for any significant period of time.