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Penn State women fall to Northwestern, 85-59

From staff reports

EVANSTON, Ill. – The Penn State women’s basketball team wasn’t able to overcome a slow start in an 85-59 road loss at Big Ten-leading Northwestern Sunday afternoon.

Junior Kamaria McDaniel led Penn State with 18 points, while freshman Makenna Marisa scored a career-best 17 points. Both McDaniel and Marisa dished a team-best five assists as well.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Eleven points and a 4-for-4 effort from the field from Abi Scheid helped the Wildcats shoot 52.9 percent (9-for-17) from the field in the first quarter. Penn State struggled to find an offensive rhythm as Northwestern jumped out to a 24-7 lead through the first 10 minutes of play.

Northwestern scored the first five points of the second quarter, but Penn State made three of its next four shots to string together a 9-4 streak and put the score at 33-16 with 5:19 left on the first-half clock. The Wildcats scored 12 of the final 15 points of the term, however, to control a 45-19 lead at the half.

Northwestern worked its advantage to 56-29 midway through the third quarter before five points from Marisa highlighted an 11-5 PSU stretch over the next 2:18 that narrowed the gap to 61-38.

Penn State finished the third quarter shooting 62.5 percent (10-for-16) from the field, but Northwestern’s offense stayed hot as the Wildcats were ahead 69-42 through three terms.

McDaniel scored seven points in the fourth quarter as Penn State outscored Northwestern 17-16 in the final term, but it wasn’t enough as Northwestern claimed the 85-59 win.

KEY NOTES

Marisa’s 17 points bested her previous career high of 16 that was set against Long Beach State on Nov. 29, 2019 at the Cal Classic. On Sunday, Marisa notched her ninth double-digit performance.

Freshman Mya Bembry also recorded a new career high with eight points, besting her previous mark of six. Sophomore Lauren Ebo tied her career high with 12 rebounds. She added eight points.

It marked the third time this season she has pulled down 10 or more boards. McDaniel has now scored in double figures in 17 of Penn State’s 18 games this season.

UP NEXT

Penn State returns home to face #15/16 Indiana Thursday night at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. and the game will be broadcast nationally on the Big Ten Network.

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