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Falling flat before the holidays

It was a great idea. A Nittany Lions-Lady Lions double header starting a 5 p.m. on a weekday, just before Christmas.

Centre County fans could enjoy both teams on Tuesday and then get back to their holiday shopping.

Great idea, but it lacked in execution as far as the two teams went.

Keeping teams focused over the holidays is a challenge for any coach, and a tough one. Losing to both non-conference foes shows that it was lacking here.

The Lady Lions hit a hot Drexel team, but the loss was disappointing for a team doing well.

The Nittany Lions' loss to 6-5 Maine was much worse. Add that to the other three non-con losses and get ready for a long Big Ten season.