Nittany Lions hang tough early, Indiana rolls in 2nd half
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The Penn State women’s basketball team saw its four-game winning streak come to an end Wednesday afternoon as #15 Indiana used a strong second half to claim a 90-65 win in Big Ten action at Assembly Hall.
Senior Niya Beverley led Penn State with a season-best 16 points. Freshman Maddie Burke tallied her third-straight double-digit scoring game with 13 points. Sophomore Anna Camden recorded her fourth double-figure effort in the last five games with 12 points.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Penn State used a 6-0 streak over a 1:08 stretch midway through the first quarter to jump out to a quick 10-7 lead. The Hoosiers battled back with a 15-7 run to pull ahead 22-17, but freshman Tova Sabel hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to end the first quarter and pull the Lady Lions within 22-20.
Camden scored Penn State’s first four points of the second quarter, but the Hoosier edge reached six at 30-24. Five points from Burke and a Beverley three-pointer then comprised an 8-2 PSU run that tied the score at 32 and forced an Indiana timeout at the 5:23 mark of the second term. Camden then tossed in four points in the final 41 seconds of the half to give Penn State a 40-39 lead at the break.
The Hoosiers scored the first 11 points of the second half to kick start a 19-6 Indiana run that put IU up 55-48 seven minutes into the second half. Beverley hit her third three of the game at the 2:27 mark and Camden followed with a layup that pulled Penn State back within single digits at 60-51, but the Hoosiers scored the final five points of the term to take a 65-51 lead into the final quarter.
The Indiana offense kept rolling in the fourth quarter and Penn State struggled to find its rhythm as the Hoosiers pulled away to claim the 90-65 victory.
The loss marked Penn State’s first loss when leading at halftime. Penn State entered the game 6-0 when leading at halftime.
Beverley scored a season-best 16 points behind a 5-for-8 effort from the floor.
Burke finished with a trio of three-pointers, marking her fifth-straight game with three or more three-pointers. It was her fifth double-digit effort of her freshman season.
Camden notched her sixth double-digit game of the season and fourth in the last five games.
Johnasia Cash led Penn State with nine rebounds, while Makenna Marisa dished a team-best five assists.
Penn State returns home Saturday to host Michigan State in the 15th-annual Play4Kay Game Benefiting Pink Zone. Tipoff is slated for noon and the game will be nationally televised on the Big Ten Network.