Lady Lions advance in WNIT

Penn State's Sierra Moore (5) against Ohio University during the WNIT 1st round game on March 17, 2017. The Lady Lions won 74-65. (Penn State photo)

UNIVERSITY PARK -- After building an 18-point lead in the third quarter, the Penn State women's basketball team held off a hectic run by Ohio in a 74-65 victory in the first round of the Women's National Invitational Tournament inside the Bryce Jordan Center on Friday (March 17).

The Lady Lions overcame a slow start in the first quarter and overtook the Bobcats early in the second quarter and never looked back. After building the 18-point lead late in the third quarter, Penn State was able to hold off a late rally to advance to the second round vs. Fordham on Sunday, March 19 inside the Bryce Jordan Center at 2 p.m.

Graduate student Sierra Moore (Hanover, Pa.) paced the Lady Lions with 10 points in both halves totaling a season-high 20 points. Moore pulled down six rebounds, while also adding one blocked shot and one steal to her stat line.

The 20 points mark her second-career 20-point game, with the only other 20-point effort being a 21-point game vs. Wagner on Dec. 7, 2014.

Freshman Siyeh Frazier (Detroit, Mich.) scored a career-high 10 points, including two put backs on the offensive end. Frazier's saw a career-high 18 minutes on the court, adding the two rebounds and one steal.

Sophomore Teniya Page (Chicago, Ill.) tallied 11 points and nearly notched a double-double with a career-high-tying nine rebounds. She added three assists to move into No. 22 on the all-time assists list with 236 career helpers. She surpassed Jenny Krechmar, who handed out 234 assists from 1990-93.

Redshirt-freshman Amari Carter (Washington D.C.) scored 12 points, eight of which came in the first half.

Senior Kaliyah Mitchell (Stone Mountain, Ga.) moved past the 900 career point mark with her first bucket of the game and ended the night with 906 career tallies. Mitchell also added a team-best 10 rebounds for her 18th career double-digit rebounding game.

When it comes to the WNIT, Penn State was playing its sixth game in the event and set three team records. The 74 points were the most scored by the Blue and White in a WNIT contest, while the 49 rebounds and five blocked shots were also program bests in the event.

Turning Point

With 07:55 left in the fourth quarter

After Ohio trimmed the Penn State lead back to 10 points, Siyeh Frazier rebounded a Jaida Travascio-Green (Lisle, Ill.) three and put it back for her second such play of the game. That play started a 6-0 run putting Penn State back up by 16. The Bobcats would make a late run, but the Lions would eventually close out the victory.

The Lady Lions will face Fordham in the second round on Sunday at the Bryce Jordan Center. Tipoff is at 2 p.m.

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