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Johnasia Cash records a double-double in Penn State’s loss to Indiana in women’s basketball

TIM WEIGHT / For The Express Penn State forward Johnasia Cash (33) attempts to block a shot against Indiana on Thursday. Cash finished the game with a double-double.

STATE COLLEGE — Penn State senior Johnasia Cash put together a stellar double-double performance with 19 points and 17 rebounds and four Nittany Lions finished in double figures, but No. 19 Indiana pulled away down the stretch to hand the Penn State women’s basketball team an 85-64 loss Thursday night inside the Bryce Jordan Center.

Cash’s 19 points and 17 rebounds marked her best effort in a Penn State uniform, and her 17 rebounds are tied for the second-most by a Big Ten player this season. Freshman Tova Sabel tied her career high with 15 points. Kelly Jekot added 13 points and Makenna Marisa chipped in 10 to round out the double-digit scoring.

It’s the third top-25 team Penn State has faced.

“Three top-25 teams in a row was an excellent opportunity for us to learn, to grow, and to figure out what our weaknesses are,” Penn State coach Carolyn Kieger said.

Indiana raced out to a 9-2 lead, but Penn State responded with a 10-0 streak thanks to two Sabel three-pointers and a pair of Cash layups that put Penn State up 12-11 midway through the first quarter. The Lady Lion lead reached 16-13 before the Hoosiers scored the final six points of the term to take a 19-16 edge into the second quarter.

TIM WEIGHT / For The Express Penn State guard Makenna Marisa (20) in action during Thursday’s Big Ten home game against Indiana. Marisa ended the night with 10 points.

The Hoosiers’ lead reached as much as six in the second term, but Penn State’s defense stepped up to hold Indiana to a 33.3 percent clip from the field in the quarter. Sophomore Shay Hagans hit a fast-break layup to end the half and pull Penn State within 33-30 at the break.

“That’s (Indiana) a very good team right there. I’m proud of our first-half effort, but very displeased with how we gave up there in that fourth quarter. We’ll fix that, no doubt,” Kieger said.

Penn State clawed within six at 64-58 shortly into the fourth quarter, but Indiana then used an 11-0 run to gain the separation it would need to claim the 85-64 win.

“We’re not there yet. We’ve got to keep grinding, we’ve got to keep building. We’ve had a tough stretch here that shows us what we need to build upon,” Kieger said. “We’ve got an awesome opportunity going to Minnesota and we have to get that one.”

No. 19 Indiana 85, Penn St. 64

INDIANA (6-3)

Gulbe 4-10 0-0 8, Holmes 10-12 7-8 27, Berger 6-10 3-3 15, Cardano-Hillary 3-12 0-0 7, Patberg 10-13 1-2 24, Patterson 0-1 0-0 0, Waggoner 1-2 0-0 2, Warthen 1-2 0-0 2, Browne 0-3 0-0 0, Moore-McNeil 0-3 0-0 0, Team 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 35-68 11-13 85

PENN ST. (3-5)

Camden 2-4 0-0 5, Beverley 0-2 0-0 0, Burke 0-3 0-0 0, Jekot 4-16 4-4 13, Marisa 5-11 0-0 10, Cash 8-16 3-6 19, Hagans 1-2 0-0 2, Sabel 4-5 4-4 15, Thornton 0-2 0-0 0, Team 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 24-61 11-14 64

Indiana 19 14 27 25 — 85

Penn St. 16 14 20 14 — 64

3-Point Goals–Indiana 4-18 (Gulbe 0-2, Cardano-Hillary 1-9, Patberg 3-5, Moore-McNeil 0-2), Penn St. 5-19 (Camden 1-2, Beverley 0-1, Burke 0-3, Jekot 1-6, Marisa 0-2, Sabel 3-4, Thornton 0-1). Assists–Indiana 24 (Berger 12), Penn St. 11 (Beverley 3). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–Indiana 32 (Holmes 2-6), Penn St. 38 (Cash 5-17). Total Fouls–Indiana 13, Penn St. 13. Technical Fouls–None. A–175.

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