Page, seniors lead Lady Lions to postseason play
UNIVERSITY PARK -- The Penn State Lady Lions ended their hopes of deep Big Ten tournament after falling to Minnesota 70-64 in the second round of the conference tourney.
But they quickly learned they had punched a ticket to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
After a Sweet 16 run in 2014, Penn State will be bringing its conference experience to a third appearance in the WNIT.
"It's really good basketball and it's really competitive, so I think it prepares us to play against anybody in the WNIT," head coach Coquese Washington said, reflecting on Big Ten competition.
A highlight from the Big Ten tournament loss was sophomore guard Teniya Page's effort on the court.
Page finished with a career-high 35 points, proving the big stage didn't overwhelm her. And it was performances like that all season that helped her become named as first-team All-Big Ten.
Page isn't focused on individual stats and credits her teammates for assisting her in following a standout freshman season with an even more impressive second year.
"Even when I don't do what they expect of me, they still have the same amount of confidence regardless of what happens," Page said.
The Lady Lions will also be confident in their senior leadership. The same players, who as freshmen, remember what it's like to win in March.
"They have done a fantastic job all season, as I've said all along of helping us lead this young team back to postseason play," Washington said.
"Knowing that we have a chance to keep playing, and we want to take that and roll with it and just make sure we work hard and take advantage of every practice that we have and play every game hard to look forward to the next game," senior forward Kaliyah Mitchell said.
Penn State begins the tournament on Friday as it hosts Ohio University. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.