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Today in Penn State sports: Nov. 20, 2017

Penn State’s Amari Carter, seen here last season, finished Monday’s game with 20 points and eight rebounds. The Lady Lions beat Central Connecticut State 83-66.
Penn State’s Amari Carter, seen here last season, finished Monday’s game with 20 points and eight rebounds. The Lady Lions beat Central Connecticut State 83-66. Centre Daily Times, file

Everything you missed in Penn State sports — and isn’t listed elsewhere in the CDT — from Monday, Nov. 20:

Women’s basketball

Lady Lions win 5th straight

UNIVERSITY PARK Four Lady Lions reached double figures Monday, as the Penn State women’s basketball team cruised to an 83-66 win over Central Connecticut State at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Amari Carter paced PSU with 20 points. She was joined by Kamaria McDaniel (17), Alisia Smith (14) and De’Janae Boykin (10).

Carter also had a team-high eight rebounds, while Siyeh Frazier added five steals and nine points.

Central Connecticut State led early, 10-5, but Penn State responded with a 7-0 run and never trailed afterward. The Lady lions led 46-31 at halftime.

PSU (5-0) will next travel to Las Vegas for the South Point Shootout, where it will play Louisiana Tech at 8:45 p.m. Friday and then Kansas State at 8:45 p.m. Saturday.

Men’s hockey

PSU inks 2 in early signing period

UNIVERSITY PARK The Penn State hockey team saw two men sign National Letters of Intent this month to join the Nittany Lions next fall.

Forward Aarne Talvitie and defensemen Paul DeNaples gave their formal commitments to the program.

DeNaples is a 6-foot-1, 184-pound product of Moscow, Pa. — near Scranton, not the home of sophomore forward and Russian star Denis Smirnov. DeNaples is in his second season with Sioux Falls of the United States Hockey League, and is the Stampede’s team captain. He had seven goals and 10 assists in 55 games last season, with current Nittany Lion Alex Stevens as a teammate.

Talvitie is a 5-foot-11, 202-pound forward from Espoo, Finland — the same hometown of current Lion Erik Autio — and was a sixth-round draft pick of the New Jersey Devils in June’s NHL Entry Draft. He is in his fifth season with the Espoo Blues in Finland’s junior league, and has been a member of Finland’s junior national team for three years, captaining the team to a silver medal at last winter’s World Championships.

A number of other players reportedly made verbal commitments to the program previously, according to recruiting web sites, but Talvitie and DeNaples are the only athletes announced officially by Penn State.

Fencing

Nittany Lions sign 1

UNIVERSITY PARK Epee fencer Ryan Griffiths from Fair Lawn, N.J., signed a National Letter of Intent recently to attend Penn State, the fencing program announced Monday.

Griffiths currently competes for the New York Athletic Club. He was the runner-up in the 2017 Cadet Men’s Epee World Championship.

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