November 27, 2022

UNIVERSITY PARK – The Penn State women’s basketball team plays in the Daytona Beach Invitational over Thanksgiving weekend, against Toledo on Friday at 1:15 p.m. and at Fresno State on Saturday at 11 a.m

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Both games can be streamed on FloHoops. In order to watch on the streaming platform, a subscription must be purchased. Penn State’s December 18th game at Drexel will also be featured on FloHoops.

Games can still be heard on the Penn State Sports Network – 93.3 FM, 1390 AM and online.

TIP TO OPEN

  • Penn State has made the biggest comeback on the program, a 21-point deficit turning into an 82-69 home win over Syracuse on Monday.
  • The Lady Lions trailed 45-24 three minutes into the third quarter and then outplayed the Orange 58-24 to end the game.
  • student in the first year Shay Ciezki sparked the Lady Lions’ rally with 16 of their 18 career high points in the second half of the run and Makenna Marisa had 18 of their 22 points during the rally.
  • The Lady Lions made their best start since the 2017-18 season (5-0) and won 14 straight home games without a conference, the fourth-longest in program history.
  • A win over Toledo would be their longest winning streak since the team pulled off the non-conference season feat in 2016-17.
  • Wins over Toledo and Fresno State would mark their best start since the 1996-97 season (7-0).
  • Penn State this season meets its four reigning conference champions (Norfolk State (MEAC), Fairfield (MAAC) and Youngstown State (Horizon League)), last year’s MAC Regular Season Champion Toledo.
  • Makenna Marisa has averaged 19.7 points per game with three 20-point games and a double-double in his first two contests: 24 points and 11 rebounds against the Spartans and 14 points and 10 assists against the Stags.
  • Penn State has forced opponents to average 25.2 turnovers per game, ranking 18th in the nation.

DISCOVER TOLEDO

  • 3-1 to start the season with home wins against Wright State (88-56) and Canisius (93-66), an away win in Cincinnati (74-71, overtime) and a loss at Duke (58-41) last Sunday.
  • Sixth in the most recent College Insider Mid Major Top 25 poll.
  • All five starts and 98.7 percent of his offensive performance come from last year’s team, which set a school record for wins (29) and won the MAC regular-season championship with a 19-1 record.
  • Senior guard/forward Quinesha Lockett, a two-time All-MAC First-Team and Becky Hammon Mid-Major Player of the Year Award preseason pick, leads the team in scoring (16.3 points per game), along with an average of 5 .0 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game.

SCOUTING FRESNO STATE

  • Started the season 3-2 with wins over Fresno Pacific (66-49), UC Riverside (54-40) and UC Merced (71-28) and losses to CSU Bakersfield (56-53) and Cal Poly (48-47) , all at home.
  • He finished ninth of 11 in the Mountain West Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll, bringing back two starters from last year’s roster that won 11-18 overall and 7-10 in the league.
  • Have opponents limited to 44.2 points per game, fourth best in the nation.
  • Senior guard Yanina Todorova (14.4) leads the team with 4.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game.

AGAINST MISSILES AND BULLDOGS

  • This is the first matchup against Toledo.
  • Penn State defeated Fresno State 90-67 on December 20, 1990 in the Golden Bear Classic hosted by California in Berkeley, California in the only matchup between the two programs.

A COMEBACK FOR THE AGE

  • Penn State posted its biggest comeback in program history against Syracuse, rebounding from a 21-point deficit three minutes into the third quarter with an 82-69 win.
  • The previous school record for a comeback was 17 against Wisconsin (W, 58-56 in overtime on Jan. 22, 2009, 24-41 with 10-21 in the second half).
  • The 21-point comeback is the second-biggest in Big Ten history (Nebraska via Creighton, December 6, 2015).
  • Penn State reduced the deficit to 10 (55-45) by the end of the third and then took over in the fourth quarter, beating the Orange 37-14 to give them their first loss of the season.
  • Makenna Marisa and Shay Ciezki scored 13 points apiece to lead the charge for Penn State in the fourth quarter.
  • The duo combined for a 9-of-14 shooting, highlighted by a 3-of-5 mark beyond Ciezki’s arc.
  • Chanaya Pinto notched six rebounds in the fourth quarter, three more than Syracuse had as a team.
  • Ali Campbell had a pair of steals that accounted for two of the Orange’s five turnovers.
  • The Lady Lions didn’t make a turnover in the quarter and kept the Orange off the free-throw line.
  • They also gave away eight assists on their 13 field goals while shooting 65 percent from the field.
  • The 37 points in fourth is the third-highest in a quarter, two fewer than the school record (Michigan State, January 17, 2016 and Saint Peter’s, November 13, 2016).
  • The Lady Lions went out 13:20 (65%) in the final quarter, including 7:15 (46.7%) from three.
  • In the third quarter, Penn State went 8-16 from the field and 4-8 from three.
  • Penn State hit 20 bank points in the second half without Syracuse and had a 13-1 fast break, 19-5 second chance points and 27-11 rebound advantages in the last two quarters.
  • Marisa led all players in the game with 22 points while adding eight rebounds and seven assists.
  • Johnasia cash She narrowly missed a double-double as she led all players with 12 rebounds on top of her nine points.

ONE OF THE TOP POINT GUARDS IN THE NATION, MAKENNA MARISA

  • Senior Makenna Marisa was one of 20 point guards placed on the Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List prior to the start of the season and named to the All-Big Ten Preseason Team by the coaches and media.
  • In five games, she leads the team in points (19.6 ppg) and assists (5.0 apg), in addition to 6.0 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game.
  • In her first two contests, she had a double-double: 24 points and 11 rebounds against Norfolk State and 14 points and 10 assists against Fairfield.
  • In the program’s biggest comeback against Syracuse, she had 22 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter, eight rebounds and seven assists.
  • She has recorded 62 double-digit scoring games, including 34 straight games dating back to the start of last season, and 27 20-point games, including three this year.
  • She is 18th in school history with 1,342 career points, putting her ahead of Cheryl Ellison (1979-83, 1,320) and Maren Walseth (1997-01, 1,328) against the Orange.
  • She starts this season in 24th place and needs 87 more to pass Jen Bednarek (1977-80, 1,428) for 17th place.
  • In program history, she also ranks fifth in free throw percentage (83.4%) and 30-point games (five), ninth in career scoring average (15.3 ppg), and ninth in double-digit assist games (three), 11th in career three-point field goals (135), and 14th in career assists (337).
  • In the nation, she ranks 13th in free throw percentage and 74th in career points.
  • In the 2022-23 season, she ranks 27th in the nation in double-doubles, 31st in points (98), 34th in field goals scored (36), 38th in steals (14) and 43rd in assists (25).
  • In the Big Ten, she is fourth in steals, sixth in scoring, seventh in assists, 10th in free throws, and 19th in field goals (46.8).

A TRIO OF 1,000 POINTS

  • Johnasia cash scored her 1,000. Career point in last Tuesday’s win against Youngstown State, becoming the third current Lady Lion to accomplish the feat: Makenna Marisa (1.342) and Taniyah Thompson (1,244).
  • Cash has produced a total of 360 as Lady Lion in the 2020-21 and 2022-23 seasons for an average of 12.4 ppg.
  • She produced 659 in her seasons at SMU.
  • Thompson accomplished the feat in her three seasons in East Carolina.
  • Among the active career scoring leaders in Division I, Marisa is ranked 68th, Thompson is 96th, and Cash is 190th.

SOPHOMORE CAMPAIGN FOR ALL-FRESHMAN KAPINUS

  • Similar to last season Leilani Kapinus has proven that she can do anything for the Lady Lions.
  • This year, she leads the roster in rebounds (7.4 per game), steals (18), and blocks (three) in addition to 11.0 points per game, 14 assists, a 55.6 percentage for field goals and 77, 8 percent for free throws.
  • Kapinus ranks second in steals (11th in the nation), eighth in rebounding, and 14th in free throw percentage in the Big Ten.
  • She has scored double-digit goals in three games, has at least seven rebounds in all but one competition and has at least three steals on three occasions.
  • After redshirting in the 2019-20 season, Leilani Kapinus has received All-Big Ten Freshman Team honors in recent years.
  • Kapinus averaged 9.6 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, recorded 46 assists, 33 blocks and 59 steals, shot 43 percent from the floor and accumulated 16 double-digit games (two with 20+ points and three double-doubles).
  • She was one of eight Division I players with 30+ blocks and 55+ steals.
  • She ranked third in the Big Ten in blocks per game (1.14), third in the Big Ten in steals per game (2.03), and fourth in total steals (59).
  • She led the Big Ten freshmen in steals, ranked 13th among all Division I freshmen and ranked second among Big Ten freshmen in blocks and ranked 13th among all Division I freshmen.

FRESHMAN IMPLICATIONS

  • Shay Ciezki immediately noticed as a newcomer.
  • After Ciezki came on from the bench in the first set, he has started every game since then.
  • In 111 minutes of play as the most important ball handler after Marisa, she committed just four turnovers with 11 assists.
  • She was instrumental in the team’s 21-point comeback against Syracuse, scoring 16 of their 18 points during the team’s second-half rally.
  • With 16 points, five rebounds and three assists, she had her first double-digit scoring effort against Youngstown State.
  • She produced her first collegiate basket as part of a seven-point, four-rebound, and two-steal performance against Fairfield.

NEXT

Penn State returns home to face Virginia in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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