After a third straight loss, a blowout at Nebraska, the Penn State women’s basketball team hopes to salvage what’s left of the season starting with a home win against Rutgers on Sunday.
With just seven regular-season games remaining, all in-conference play, the window of opportunity is closing for the Lady Lions, who despite improvement defensively added a blowout loss to Maryland, a double-overtime setback to Purdue by 10 points after the Boilermakers came back from a 17-point deficit, and most recently the road loss to Nebraska to their 2015-16 resume.
The 2 p.m. matchup between Penn State (8-14, 3-8) and Rutgers (13-10, 4-7) at the Bryce Jordan Center will be the 41st meeting of the two programs in history — though the contest has only occurred with both teams in the Big Ten conference twice.
The Scarlet Knights are 1-8 this season in road games. However, the team has a few prodigious weapons on its roster in Rachel Hollivay, who ranks first in the Big Ten with 3.26 blocks per game and has helped Rutgers to a conference-leading 5.2 blocked shots per game.
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Rutgers also allows the second-least amount of points per game in the Big Ten at just 57.8 points per game.
However, the team only scores 61.6 points per game, last in the conference. Penn State averages 71.6 points per game while allowing a conference-second-worst 74 points per game.
Kahleah Cooper paces the Scarlet Knights in scoring, and racked up 31 points and nine rebounds in the team’s last game, an 85-72 loss to Minnesota.
The game will be shown on BTN2go.com.
The Lady Lions and Penn State Athletics also are hosting an event for National Girls and Women in Sports Day in the Multi-Sport Facility, across the parking lot from the Bryce Jordan Center. Those with a ticket to the game may attend the event for free.