Lady Lions Fall to No. 5 Maryland, 77-62

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Penn State Lady Lions (5-18, 2-10) held the momentum early against #5/5 Maryland (20-2, 11-0), but the Terrapins used a 31-7 run over the final 10 minutes of the first half to grab control of the game and claim a 77-62 win inside the Bryce Jordan Center on Thursday evening.

Freshman Lindsey Spann led the way for the Lady Lions with 18 points, while sophomore Sierra Moore added 15 and junior Candice Agee added 10.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough led the way for the Terps with 21 points and Lexie Brown handed out 10 assists for the hard-shells.

It was the 15th time this season that Spann led the team in scoring and the 12th time this season she poured in 15 or more points in a game. The rookie was 7-of-15 from the field and 3-of-4 from the free throw stripe in the game, and added two rebounds, two assists and one steal.

Moore posted her ninth game of the season with at least 10 points, five rebounds and four assists, finishing the night with six boards and four helpers to go along with her 15 points. It was the 15th double figure scoring game of the season for Moore and her team-best assist total marks the 13th time she has topped the team charts in that category.

Continuing her strong play was Agee, who ended the night with six rebounds, two blocked shots and a steal. She now has 11 games this season with at least 10 points and five rebounds. The junior also logged her 13th multi-block game of the season.

Senior Tori Waldner added a team-best eight rebounds to go along with six points, and Jenny DeGraaf  contributed six points off the bench.
 
All eight players that saw action vs. Maryland reached the scoring column, marking just the second time this season (Illinois; 1/4/15) that each Lady Lion who entered the game scored.
 
Maryland jumped out to an early 7-4 lead, but Penn State responded with a 13-5 run to capture a 17-10 lead on an Agee putback with 10:53 to play in the first half. Spann got the scoring spurt started for the Blue and White with a three-pointer to knot the game at 7-7 and five different players – including Spann – scored during that stretch.

Trailing by seven, the Terrapins reeled off a 23-2 run over the next seven minutes to take control of the contest at 33-18. The Lady Lions played the final three minutes of the half nearly even with the Terps to enter the half trailing by 17 (41-24).
 
After the two teams exchanged baskets over the first four minutes of the second half, Maryland put together a 9-0 spurt to extend their lead to a game-high 25 points (57-32) with 12:06 to play in the contest. The Lady Lions whittled the Terrapins led down the  stretch and eventually closed it to 15 points (77-62) on a pair of Moore free throws with 14 seconds remaining to account for the final margin.
 
The 2014-15 Penn State Lady Lion Basketball season is presented by Kish Travel and Kish Insurance. The Lady Lions visit Purdue Sunday before returning to the BJC on Wednesday to meet Michigan State at 7 p.m. on Dollar Dog Night. Penn State will also host Minnesota on Sunday at 2 p.m. There’s a pregame National Girls and Women in Sports Day Clinic with other women’s sports teams. Participants get a free ticket to the game.

(PENN STATE ATHLETICS)

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