Lions close trip with setback against Georgetown, 68-54
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Georgetown scored the first eight points of the game, but from that point on it was a nip and tuck affair until the Hoyas used a fourth-quarter spurt to hand the Penn State women’s basketball program a 68-54 defeat in the two teams final game of the San Juan Shootout inside the Ocean Center.
The game featured four ties and eight lead changes, the final coming courtesy of a Dionna White steal and score with 2:10 to play in the third quarter. Penn State would tie the game on two more occasions, including at 47 points in the fourth quarter on a Peyton Whitted (Suwanee, Ga.) layup with 8:22 to play in the game, but the Hoyas had an answer each time.
Penn State’s bench outscored Georgetown’s subs, 21-10, and the Lady Lions owned a 31-30 edge on the boards, but the Hoyas owned the edge in nearly every other category. Georgetown turned 18 Penn State turnovers into 28 points and ended with a 24-16 edge in the paint.
With her fifth rebound of the game, Whitted secured her 500th career rebound. The senior is just the 33rd member of Penn State’s 500-rebound club, joining teammate, and fellow Georgia native, Kaliyah Mitchell (Stone Mountain, Ga.).
Teniya Page (Chicago, Ill.) led the team in the scoring for the 15th the in her career with 16 points, adding four assists, one rebound and one steal.
Dionna White picked the pocket of Sierra Moore near midcourt and raced the other way for two of Georgetown’s 28 points off of turnovers to give Georgetown its first lead since late in the second quarter. The game would be tied twice the rest of the way, but Penn State was never able to recapture the lead.
After the 8-0 Hoya spurt to start the game, Teniya Page and Jaida Travascio-Green pulled the Lady Lions back into the game. Page accounted for eight of the team’s 11 first half points, while Travascio-Green hits on all three free throws she attempted to round out the scoring.
Georgetown 15, Penn State 11
Another strong second quarter propelled the Lady Lions into the lead, as they held an 18-12 scoring advantage in the quarter. Tavascio-Green hit for a long two-pointer to start the quarter and, after a GU basket on the other end, Sierra Moore (Hanover, Pa.) got loose for a layup to make it a two-point Georgetown lead. Kaliyah Mitchell then forced a turnover and hit a 3-pointer on the other end to give Penn State its first lead of the game, 18-17, with 6:55 to play. The Hoyas would quickly retake the lead, moving it to five points, 23-18, with 5:47 left. Penn State would use an 11-4 run to close the half, included three points each from Moore, Page and Travascio-Green.
Penn State 29, Georgetown 27
Penn State stretched its lead to eight points, 37-29, early in the third quarter on a Lindsey Spann (Laurel, Md.) driving layup on the fast break. Georgetown used the final 6:44 to go on a 16-4 run and take the lead for good on a Dionna White steal and score at the 2:10 mark.
Georgetown 45, Penn State 41
Whitted tied the game at 47-47 with 8:22 to play in the quarter. After a Page three pointer made it a two-point game with 6:37 to play, Georgetown used eight straight free throws to push its lead to double figures for the first time in the contest, 60-50. A Moore jumper jolted that run, but the Hoyas wouldn’t give any ground over the final three minutes.
Georgetown 68, Penn State 54
Up Next for PSU: at BC