Pregame Glance WBB: Penn State

Written January 14th, 2014 by Ken

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The Ohio State Buckeyes (12-7, 2-1) having defeated the ranked Hoosiers on travel to University Park, PA to take on the 14th ranked Penn State Nittany lions (11-4, 2-1). The Nits are coming off a tough 84-74 loss to Purdue on Sunday. The game is Thursday at 7:00 PM EST.

Here’s their Profile:

  • School: Penn State University

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    Maggie Lucas

  • Location: University Park, PA
  • Founded: 1855
  • Student Population: 39,192
  • School Type: Public, coed
  • Division: D-I
  • Conference: Big Ten Conference
  • Arena: Bryce Jordan Center
  • Seating: 15,261
  • Built: 1996
  • Head Coach: Coquese Washington
  • Year: 7th

Penn State University

Coach Washington again has the Nittany Lion program succeeding, having gone 26-6 in 2013, 25-7 in 2012 and 24-10 in 2011, for example. An impressive, steady success rate for PSU.

Penn State uses a 2G/3F lineup; Maggie Lucas (5’10”) and Dara Taylor (5’8”) are the guards and the forward positions are filled by Ariel Edwards (6’3”), Talia East (6’3”) and Tori Waldner (6’5”). Lucas leads the team in scoring (21.4ppg), East and Waldner in rebounding (6.9, 6.4 respectively) and Taylor in assists (4.5 per game).

Lucas’ scoring isn’t so much attributable to her accuracy (38%) but due to her being a volume shooter, having taken over 25% of the team’s FG attempts.  The Nittany Lions will look to get her the ball often. Fouling her is not a good option, since Maggie makes 97% of her free throws.

Here are the Penn State University Nittany Lions:

No Player Pos. Hgt FG% 3PT% FT% R/G A/G PPG
33 Maggie Lucas G 5’10″ 0.38 0.34 0.97 3.80 1.60 21.40
23 Ariel Edwards F 6’3″ 0.45 0.20 0.86 5.00 2.50 13.90
2 Dara Taylor G 5’8″ 0.41 0.23 0.79 2.50 4.50 12.30
5 Talia East F 6’3″ 0.49 0.00 0.90 6.90 0.90 6.30
44 Tori Waldner F/C 6’5″ 0.47 0.50 0.55 6.40 0.90 5.30
15 Kaliyah Mitchell G/F 6’2″ 0.44 0.17 0.73 4.30 0.60 5.20
1 Candice Agee F/C 6’6″ 0.43 0.00 0.54 3.30 0.40 4.90
11 Alex Harris F 6’3″ 0.43 0.00 0.54 4.90 0.30 3.10
25 Peyton Whitted G/F 6’3″ 0.40 0.00 0.80 2.90 0.40 2.90
10 Keke Sevillian G 5’7″ 0.33 0.33 1.00 0.80 0.40 2.50
41 Jenny DeGraaf G/F 6’1″ 0.30 0.25 0.00 0.90 0.60 1.00
12 Lindsey Spann G 5’6″
35 Sierra Moore G 5’11″

Ohio State University Buckeyes

The Buckeyes yo-yoed from a great performance in their win against Purdue, abysmal play in their loss to UM, then another great performance in their upset of previously undefeated Indiana. The areas of rebounding and ball handling continue to be a concern, the offense runs hot or cold (need to keep the temperature up), so there are still consistency issues to be corrected.   Thankfully, the “base” of tenacious defense and general effort and hustle have been consistent so far this season.

And, here are your Ohio State Buckeyes:

Nbr Name Pos Hgt FG% 3Pt% FT% R/B A/G PPG
14 Ameryst Alston G 5’9″ .462 .356 .835 3.5 2.5 16.9
22 Darryce Moore C 6’2″ .493 .000 .717 6.5 1.3 9.6
25 Amy Scullion G 6’0″ .295 .407 .722 4.7 1.1 3.2
13 Cait Craft G 5’8″ .405 .362 .633 2.8 1.4 9.3
23 Martina Ellerbe F 6’2″ .454 .303 .771 5.7 1.2 9.2
31 Raven Ferguson G 5’11″ .353 .211 .722 5.3 2.6 9.1
33 Ashley Adams C 6’5″ .459 .000 .800 4.4 1.6 6.3
12 Maleeka Kynard G 5’7″ .263 .321 .714 1.1 1.2 4.2
15 Aleksandra Dobranic C 6’4″ .250 .000 .500 0.9 0.5 0.9
21 Lisa Blair C 6’6″ .500 .000 .000 2.5 0.0 0.7

Wrap up

The potential issue is that OSU’s preferred lineup is 3G/2F. This will provide better backcourt quickness, but defensively, the frontcourt matchups could be problematical. However, the key defensive matchup will be the “containment” of PSU guard Maggie Lucas.  She has been the Nits leading scorer in 12 of their 15 games this season, so there’s no question who drives their offense. Another road game against a ranked team. Tune in, this could be interesting.

PPG O PPG D RPG APG TPG FG% 3PT%
Penn State 77 67 46 13 19 0.42 0.28
Ohio State 66 62 39 12 17 0.42 0.33

The game is Thursday evening at Bryce Jordan Hall. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM EST. Television coverage will be provided by BTN.

1 Comment

  1. CharlesNo Gravatar
    January 15th, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Sort of surprised to see Lucas’s shooting percentage so low. I remember her as a freshman and how deadly she could be. Granted, she shoots enough to still be deadly and containing her is going to be a big challenge for the guards. PSU is really the first team the Buckeyes have faced this season with a solid size advantage inside and it will be interesting to see how we deal with that; I am very concerned about the rebounding game considering how we struggle in that department even with size in our favor.

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