Gophers ladies crush Penn State, begin homestand on excessive be aware

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Gophers guard Jasmine Brunson goes up for a basket during Minnesota's game against Penn State on Sunday. However, the Nittany Lions bounced back for consecutive wins over Iowa and Maryland. The Gophers held Penn State to just eight points, tied for the fewest by a Minnesota opponent in any quarter this season.

Playing in front of a Bryce Jordan Center crowd of 12,148, Penn State got a much needed 68-63 victory behind 21 points from sophomore All-Big Ten guard Talor Battle, 16 of which came in the second half. Penn State is putting up 76.2 points per game on offense while allowing just 66.9 per contest.

The Nittany Lions are 4-1 ATS in the last five games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last five versus the Big Ten.

Over the past several years, Penn State hasn't made a lot of noise in the Big Ten.

Trent Frazier, Illinois' leading scorer in conference play, finished with only six points on 2-of-11 shooting.

Sophomore Siyeh Frazier (Detroit, Mich.) notched 10 points in the game to give her 10 double-digit scoring games this season and 12 for her career.

After Garner made a 3-pointer with six seconds left, IL called its use-it-or-lose-it timeout to set up a final play, but Mark Alstork committed a turnover on the inbounds pass. Carr converted that into a short jumper as time expired, giving Penn State a 37-36 halftime edge. "Their minutes were huge in that first half".

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Five Nittany Lions scored in double-digits.

Penn State claimed seven bouts against the Hawkeyes, with wins from Corey Keener (133), Nick Lee (141), Zain Retherford (149), Mark Hall (174), Bo Nickal (184), Shakur Rasheed (197) and Nick Nevills (285). The Lady Lions made just 4-of-17 shots in the quarter and committed four turnovers as the Golden Gophers went into the locker room with a 55-26 lead.

IL is coming off a 78-69 loss to Wisconsin.

Penn State continues EIVA conference play Friday Feb. 16 in Rec Hall as the Nittany Lions take on Sacred Heart at 7 p.m. ET in main gym followed by a 4 p.m. ET matchup Saturday afternoon with Harvard in South Gym. However, Penn State has had a much better season than IL, so far. The over/under total for the game is listed at 146.5 points.

- Wagner's 72 3-pointers this year are tied for seventh most in a season at Minnesota with Shannon Schonrock in 2003-04. Finke is Illinois' third leading scorer and without him on the floor, the Illini definitely lacked in size and shooting.

Minnesota capitalized on Penn State's inability to score.

The Gophers reached the triple-digit mark in points for the fifth time this season and first time in Big Ten play. "Especially coming off a big road win versus Purdue".

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