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The Penn Stater Daily — Dec. 9, 2013

A record weekend: Senior guard Maggie Lucas scored 30 points Sunday in a 77-68 win at Georgetown, in the process becoming just the fifth player in Lady Lion history to reach 2,000 points. The reigning Big Ten Player of the Year and a preseason All-American, Lucas (below) is on pace to pass Kahadeejah Herbert ’86, Tyra Grant ’10, and Susan Robinson Fruchtl ’92 en route to second place on the Penn State scoring list. The school record—2,919 points, set by Kelly Mazzante ’04—is probably safe.


Meanwhile, the top-ranked Nittany Lion wrestlers capped a 2-0 weekend with a 28-9 victory over Pitt—a “home” win, but not in the usual sense. Instead of grappling in their usual Rec Hall digs, the Lions hosted the Panthers in front of 15,996 fans at the Bryce Jordan Center, setting records for both the largest crowd to see an NCAA dual meet and the largest crowd to see a sporting event at the BJC. If you missed it, our resident wrasslin’ expert Lori Shontz ’91 has you covered.

More from Mitchell: Late Friday, former Sen. George Mitchell released his fifth quarterly report on Penn State’s progress in meeting the Athletics Integrity Agreement—and once again, the university received a glowing review. (more…)

December 9, 2013 at 12:33 pm Leave a comment

Tyra Grant & Talor Battle, Updated

The futures of Tyra Grant and Talor Battle look slightly more certain this morning. Grant, the former Lady Lion hoops All-American, was chosen by the defending champion Phoenix Mercury with the final pick of the second round (24th overall) in Thursday’s WNBA draft. The Mercury were looking for a “slasher,” a player who could fit into their open-court, fast-paced style, and Grant fit the bill.

Grant will still have to impress her new coaches enough to earn a roster spot, which is a similar challenge to the one now faced by Battle. The Nittany Lion junior announced yesterday than he was throwing his name into the ring for the 2010 NBA draft, but, by not hiring an agent, he left himself the option of returning to Penn State next year. Battle confirmed that his decision is about determining his best options: If he impresses NBA scouts enough to get a first-round guarantee (and the guaranteed contract that comes with it), he’d be crazy not to leave. But if — much more likely — he’s told that he’s a second-round pick at best, Battle will almost certainly be back for his senior season. As respected draft analyst Jerry Palm told the Daily Collegian, “I don’t really see a lot of reason for optimism from him in terms of the draft. I would expect he probably comes back to school.”

I imagine I speak for all Penn State basketball fans when I say I’d love to see Talor Battle in an NBA uniform… just not next season.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

April 9, 2010 at 8:56 am 1 comment

Talor Battle & Tyra Grant Hope to Feel A Draft

The 2010 WNBA draft tips off today at 3 p.m., and former Lady Lion Tyra Grant is among the players hoping to hear their names called. The consensus among WNBA “mock” drafts is that Grant will be chosen in the second or third round of the three-round draft. Recent Collegian alumnus Matt Fortuna has a nice piece on Grant’s pre-draft preparations in today’s Altoona Mirror. You can follow the draft live online on the WNBA Web site.

And some “breaking” draft news — received just as I was about to post this: Nittany Lion junior Talor Battle has submitted his name for the 2010 NBA Draft. Before Penn State hoop fans panic, know that Battle’s decision is almost certainly exploratory, and nothing more: By not hiring an agent, he gives himself the chance to work out for NBA scouts, get feedback on how to plug the holes in his game, and pull his name out of the hat before the NCAA-mandated May 8 deadline. I have yet to see an NBA mock draft that includes Battle’s name for 2010, but if (as expected) he comes back with a better sense of where he needs to improve and has a strong senior season, he’ll give himself a decent shot of being chosen in 2011.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

April 8, 2010 at 2:19 pm 1 comment

Two Great Basketball Shots

Andy Colwell is a Penn State student who is an avid and very talented photographer—he does a lot of shooting for Penn State Public Information and is amassing a portfolio of terrific images. (He’s the guy who took the photo of the Pattee Mall in an October snowstorm that many of you loved.) He often photographs Penn State basketball, and two of his recent photos from Lady Lion games really stood out for me.

One is the above image from last Sunday’s Pink Zone game; it captures Karisma Penn of Illinois fouling (to say the least) Penn State’s Tyra Grant. Click to see it larger—and note the sweat flying off Grant’s uniform!

The other is the photo below of Grant flying through the air toward the basket in last Thursday night’s game against Purdue.

You can see more photos from the Pink Zone game here, and you might also want to check out Andy’s own Web site, here.

Tina Hay, editor

January 31, 2010 at 12:17 pm 4 comments

A HUGE week for PSU Hoops

Penn State basketball fans of every stripe have reason to be excited this week, starting with the United States Collegiate Athletic Association men’s and women’s basketball championships. The Fayette and Greater Allegheny campuses are hosting the USCAA tournament, which features six Penn State campus squads. The Penn State Beaver women’s team tips things off at 11 a.m. today, the first of 49 games covering three divisions (two men’s, one women’s) that run through Saturday’s back-to-back-to-back title games at Fayette. (Check here for ticket info, or here to follow the results.)

Back in the Division 1 ranks, the Lady Lion basketball team opens Big Ten Tournament play Thursday night in Indianapolis. It’s been a disappointing season for Penn State, which needs to win the conference tournament to have any hope of postseason play. Tuesday brought some consolation, though: junior guard Tyra Grant was named first-team All-Big Ten.

Jamelle Cornley

Jamelle Cornley

The real buzz at University Park this week surrounds the Nittany Lion men, who rest firmly on the bubble for their first NCAA tournament berth since 2001. With two regular-season games left before the Big Ten men’s tournament tips off next week, Ed DeChellis’ team boasts that most favorable of sports cliches — they control their own destiny. A win Thursday night against No. 23 Illinois (which wouldn’t be a huge upset, since Penn State beat the Illini two weeks ago in one of the ugliest games anyone can remember) would give the Nittany Lions a terrific shot at making the Big Dance. No wonder some are calling this the biggest Penn State home game in almost 20 years.

If nothing else, it’s the last home game for senior forward and team leader Jamelle Cornley, whose toughness while battling bigger opponents and a long string of injuries has made him a favorite of every long-time Penn State hoops follower. Few would appreciate — or deserve — an NCAA tourney invite more than Cornley.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

March 4, 2009 at 11:12 am Leave a comment

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