u women’s gameday
7 P.M. VS. Penn State • Williams Arena • Pay-per-view TV: BTN Plus • 88.5-FM
Gophers at a glance: Minnesota (16-4, 5-3 Big Ten) has fallen out of the top 25 for the first time in nearly a month after suffering back-to-back losses for the first time this season — a 90-88 overtime loss to Purdue on Thursday at home, followed by a 66-61 defeat at Rutgers on Sunday. The normally high-scoring Gophers shot just 37.7 percent from the field against the Scarlet Knights, and had only two players score more than six points. Sophomore Amanda Zahui B. had a combined 62 points and 26 rebounds in the two games and scored a career-high 36 in the loss at Rutgers, albeit on 15-of-33 shooting. Zahui leads the team in scoring (17.6 points per game), rebounding (11.4 per game), blocks (3.5 per game) and field goal percentage (.568).
Lady Lions at a glance: Penn State (5-15, 2-7) comes to Williams Arena on a two-game winning streak, although this is not the type of Lady Lions squad that has given the Gophers fits in recent years. Gone is star guard Maggie Lucas, and with her much of the Penn State offense. The Lady Lions average just 63.7 points per game and have a minus-6.4 average scoring margin. Sophomore Alex Harris jump-started the Lady Lions’ 76-75 victory over Northwestern on Sunday, as she came off the bench to score 11 points and snag 10 rebounds in just 19 minutes. Redshirt freshman guard Lindsey Spann leads the team in scoring at 14.7 points per game.