No. 10 PENN STATE vs. No. 2 UCONN WOMEN
Site: Gampel Pavilion
Time: 7 p.m.
TV: SNY (Andrew Catalon, Meghan Culmo and Kerith Burke)
Radio: WTIC-AM 1080 (Bob Joyce and Debbie Fiske)
Series history: UConn, 7-3
Last meeting: March 25, 2012, UConn, 77-59, Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport
Streaks: Penn State W1; UConn W7
PENN STATE (6-1)
33 MAGGIE LUCAS, G, 5-9, Jr., 21.4 ppg– Shooting 56 percent from three (23 of 41)
20 ALEX BENTLEY, G, 5-7, Sr., 12.3 ppg – Leads team with 34 assists, 30 steals
54 NIKKI GREENE, C, 6-4, Sr., 8.6 ppg – Leading rebounder has nine blocks
24 MIA NICKSON, F, 6-2, Sr., 9.0 ppg – Shooting just 38.2 percent from the floor
23 ARIAL EDWARDS, F, 6-2, Jr., 9.0 ppg – Has started six of team’s seven games
2 DARA TAYLOR, G, 5-8, Jr., 6.1 ppg – Maryland transfer; shooting just 1 of 12 from three
5 CAROLINE DOTY, G, 5-10, Sr., 4.4 – Averaging 17.6 minutes; back in starting lineup
14 BRIA HARTLEY, G, 5-7, Jr., 7.4 – Uncharacteristic struggle (9 of 15) from foul line
31 STEFANIE DOLSON, C, 6-5, Jr., 13.1 – Shooting 60 percent from field with 26 assists
34 KELLY FARIS, G, 5-11, Sr., 9.7 – No turnovers in 34 minutes vs. Maryland
13 BRIANNA BANKS, G, 5-9, So., 9.7 – Offensive renaissance, shooting 63.2 percent from field
30 BREANNA STEWART, F, 6-3, Fr., 16.3 ppg – WNBA’s Mike Thibault compares her to NBA’s Kevin Love.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
SUSPENDED FRIENDSHIP: Lucas was a high school teammate of Doty at Germantown (Pa.) Academy. And after Doty’s first knee injury, playing soccer in the fall of 2008, Lucas was forced to take over Doty’s point guard spot as a sophomore. The pair played together for Lucas’ freshman and sophomore seasons.
SERIES RESUMED: The Lady Lions and Huskies will continue a two-game series at some point during the 2013-14 season in State College, Pa. Four of their last five games against each other have come in the NCAA Tournament.
DEFENSE: The Huskies are outscoring opponents by 44.0 per game. Stewart also leads them in rebounding (6.4) with Dolson (6.3) right behind … The Lady Lions have lost seven in a row to the Huskies, all of which have been played at neutral sites, including last season’s Sweet Sixteen game in Bridgeport. Nickson had 19 points and five rebounds in that loss. Lucas added 15 points and three assists.
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