INDIANAPOLIS — The Penn State women’s basketball team saw their stay at the 25th Big Ten Tournament come to a close on Thursday (March 1) evening as it fell to Michigan, 77-48, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Lady Lions were unable to overcome an early deficit to the Wolverines as the Michigan defense kept Penn State to its lowest scoring first half of the season. The 20 points equaled Penn State’s lowest output in any half this season, as it also scored 20 points vs. Louisiana Tech in the second half on Nov. 24, 2017.
Junior Teniya Page (Chicago, Ill.) led the Penn State offense with 12 points, but suffered through foul trouble for most of the second half. Scoring her 10th point of the contest in the fourth quarter, Page extended her double-digit scoring streak to 16- games, while also marking the 23rd time this season and 77th time in her career in which she scored 10-or-more points. The 16-game streak in double-figures is a career-long streak for Page, besting her 15-game spurt to end the 2016-17 campaign.
Junior Jaylen Williams (Easton, Mass.) netted seven points for the Lady Lions and blocked a career-high six shots on the defensive side of the ball. The six swats are a Penn State Big Ten record, besting Jacquelynn Shook‘s five blocks vs. Ohio State in 2002. Furthermore, her six rejections are the most since Talia East had seven blocks against Purdue on Jan. 12, 2014.
The six blocked shots moved Williams up one spot on the career charts, jumping Tanisha Wright (61; 2002-05) for No. 21 all-time at Penn State. Her season total of 44 blocks also rank No. 21, as she passed the quintet of Tori Waldner (39; 2013-14), Nikki Greene (39; 2012-13), Tina Henry (42; 1992-93), Shook (42; 2001-02) and Jessica Brungo (43; 2002-03).
Sophomore Amari Carter (Washington, D.C.) recorded her 23rd multi-steal game of the season with three on the day and added five points and three rebounds to her stat line for Penn State
Junior De’Janae Boykin (Springdale, Md.) and freshman Alisia Smith (Lansing, Mich.) contributed six points each to the Blue and White scoring effort, while Williams and Boykin brought down a team-high four rebounds apiece.
Hallie Thome led all scorers on the night with 22 points, while Katelynn Flaherty dropped 21 points on the night with five 3-pointers. Akienreh Johnson was the final double-digit scorer of the night for Michigan as she scored 13 points for the Maize and Blue.
With 3:31 left in the first quarter
Michigan sparked an 8-0 run on the Lady Lions, going up 13-4. Penn State would battle back to bring itself within five but the early deficit was too much as Michigan would maintain its lead for the remainder of the game to earn the victory.
Penn State ends its stay at the Big Ten Tournament with a 16-15 overall record. The Lady Lions will await their postseason fate, as berths will be handed out on Monday, March 12.