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Today in Penn State sports: Dec. 20, 2017

Everything you missed in Penn State sports — and isn’t listed elsewhere in the CDT — from Wednesday:

Women’s basketball

Lady Lions let lead slip away, fall in OT

WASHINGTON, D.C. The Penn State women’s basketball team watched a double-digit fourth-quarter lead dissolve into a 75-66 overtime loss against American on Wednesday afternoon on the road.

The Lady Lions entered the final period with a 45-35 lead and even led by 11 with 4:12 left in regulation. But that’s when PSU’s cold spell started. Over the last 4:11 of the game, Penn State didn’t make a single shot while American went on an 11-0 run. The Lady Lions missed two free throws, three jumpers and a pair of 3-pointers.

In overtime, Penn State was 2 of 9 from the field while its opponent was 4 of 4, in addition to going 12 of 13 from the three-throw line.

Teniya Page paced the Lady Lions with a double-double (19 points, 13 rebounds). Alisia Smith also recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards.

Penn State (9-4) will next take on Michigan on the road Dec. 28.

Women’s volleyball

Pair nominated for prestigious national award

Penn State teammates Simone Lee and Haleigh Washington were nominated Tuesday evening for the Class of 2018 Honda Sport Award for Volleyball, as part of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards.

One woman in each of the 12 NCAA-sanctioned female sports receives an award. And each of those 12 winners is then eligible for the 2018 Honda Cup, which goes to the nation’s top female athlete.

The volleyball winner will be announced next week. (Lee, Washington, Florida’s Rhamat Alhassan and Stanford’s Kathryn Plummer are the four nominees.) The overall award will be given out June 25, 2018, in downtown Los Angeles.