Teniya Page scored 18 points, including four free throws in the final minute, and had nine assists to help 11th-seeded Penn State hold off 14-seed IL 75-66 on Wednesday in the first round of the Big Ten women’s tournament.
Malcolm Hill scored a game-high 39 points for IL (13-18, 5-13).
The second period wasn’t what most Penn State fans are used to seeing though as the Badgers scored two quick goals to blow the game wide open.
Penn State looked like it would keep IL down with steady defense early on. The Nittany Lions had won three straight Big Ten games for the first time in over two years before suffering back-to-back defeats, including a 71-61 setback to Northwestern on Thursday, to fall to. Penn State has lost 2 games in a row and is now tied for 10th in the Big Ten standings.
Reaves, who set a career high in points, started hot on the backend, too.
Wilson got untracked in the second half, hitting a 3-pointer to start the second half, giving Purdue a 31-25 lead. He ran off seven-straight points, capped by a turnaround jumper through traffic that put Penn State up 53-43 with 12:15 left. “I think he’s been doing a better job of even being a creator.”ABOUT PENN STATE (15-15, 6-11 Big Ten): Brandon Taylor led the Nittany Lions with 17 points in the loss to Northwestern and needs three more points to move past Dan Earl into 17th place (1,256) on Penn State’s all-time scoring list”. He missed the potential go-ahead free throw, but made up for it in the first overtime with a go-ahead 3-pointer in the waning seconds. IL has lost 3 of their last 4 games and is now 12th in the Big Ten standings.
Midway through the third and final period David Goodwin gave the Nittany Lions hope scoring on the man advantage to kickstart a flurry of shots and offensive zone action for Penn State. Nunn scored nine points on 3-for-15 shooting – including 1-for-6 on 3s – and Morgan had eight points on 3-for-14 shooting. Penn State is also averaging 34.7 rebounds per game and 10 assists per game.
Penn State: Big Ten tournament second round in Indianapolis on Thursday.
Illinois: Big Ten tournament first round in Indianapolis on Wednesday.