Penn State is making its 25th NCAA Tournament appearance and fourth-straight. The Lady Lions are making four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time since earning seven-straight berths from 1999-05. Penn State is one of only 10 teams to earn 25 or more NCAA Tournament berths. The Lady Lions are 30-24 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
The Lady Lions and the Shockers have never met on the hardwood. Penn State is 1-1 all-time against current Missouri Valley Conference teams. As for the other teams in the University Park bracket, Penn State is 2-1 all-time against Dayton and 1-1 versus Florida.
The Lady Lions are 14th in this week’s Associated Press poll and 15th in the USA Today Sports Coaches’ Poll with a 22-7 overall record and 13-3 mark in Big Ten play. Three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year Coquese Washington has led the Lady Lions to three consecutive Big Ten regular-season titles for the first time in program history, Big Ten or Atlantic 10. The Lady Lions earn their 25th berth into the NCAA Tournament and fourth consecutive bid. Senior guard Maggie Lucas (Narberth, Pa.) won her second-straight Big Ten Player of the Year honor from the media after averaging 21.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game. The three-time All-Big Ten first team selection broke the Big Ten and Penn State career three-pointersrecord against Ohio State. Fellow senior Dara Taylor (Wilmington, Del.) took home Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honors and All-Big Ten second team accolades as she led the league in steals (2.9) and is fifth in assists (5.0). She also ranks third on the team in scoring at an 11.7 per game clip. Senior guard/forward Ariel Edwards (Elmont, N.Y.) garnered All-Big Ten first team accolades after accounting for 15.4 points per game and 6.0 rebounds, whilesenior post player Talia East (Philadelphia, Pa.) was named All-Big Ten honorable mention with a 7.9 scoring average and 7.3 rebounding mark.
For the 15th time, Penn State has been selected to host the NCAA First and Second Rounds. The Bryce Jordan Center is one of 16 venues that will host the 2014 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship First and Second Round games. The other universities hosting the First and Second Round games are Iowa State, LSU, North Carolina, Maryland, Texas A&M, Duke, Iowa, Tennessee, Kentucky, UCLA, Washington, Connecticut, Toledo, Baylor and Purdue. The 2014 Regional Rounds will be held in Lincoln, Neb., Louisville, Ky., Notre Dame,Ind. and Stanford, Calif.
--Penn State Athletic Communications
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