No. 9/11 Ohio State Loses to No. 12/17 Penn State, 84-66
Feb. 20, 2012
STATE COLLEGE, Pa.- The No. 9/11 Ohio State women's basketball team suffered an 84-66 setback to No. 12/17 Penn State Monday night at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pa. The Buckeyes dropped to 23-4 overall and 10-4 in the Big Ten and remain in second place in the conference. The Lady Lions (22-5; 12-3) clinched a share of the Big Ten regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, which will take place at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind., March 1-4.
After being down by as much as 11 points in the first half, the Buckeyes were able to cut Penn State's lead to four on a Tayler Hill3-pointer with 6:49 left in the opening half. However, that was as close as the Buckeyes would get as the Nittany Lions went on a 17-6 run to close out the half.
Senior guard Samantha Prahalis, who scored 10 points in the first half, finished with 16, while also adding eight assists and two steals. Hill finished the game with 16 points and freshman forward Kalpana Beachscored 12. In the past two games, Beach has scored a combined 25 points after also scoring 13 vs. Indiana Feb. 16 in Columbus.
Recently named one of eight finalists for the Nancy Lieberman Award, given to the nation's most outstanding point guard, Prahalis continued to add to her career assist total in her efforts to pass Northwestern's Nancy Kennelly for the conference's all-time record. Kennelly (1989-93) finished with 892 career assists and Prahalis now has 882.
Down 15 at the break (45-13), the Buckeyes simply could not find any rhythm in the second half. Hill led Ohio State second-half scorers with eight points and Beach and Prahalis contributed six. The Buckeye bench did outscore the Lady Lions in bench points, 14-7, for the game, with sophomore Darryce Mooreleading that group with six, all scored in the second half.
Ohio State will look to rebound with its next game at 8 p.m. Thursday vs. Minnesota in Value City Arena. In the teams' previous meeting Jan. 29 in Minneapolis, the Buckeyes lost, 76-65. In a homecoming, Hill scored 26 points and had five assists, while Prahalis had a 25-point effort.