Same old Illini fall to Penn State

Penn State wrestling's Mark Hall celebrates a victory

Penn State wrestling's Mark Hall celebrates a victory

"That is where you need to be at this time", Stollings said.

Five players scored in double figures as Minnesota roared past Penn State, 101-68, Sunday afternoon at Williams Arena. Shep Garner led the way with 16 points, while Tony Carr scored 15. Kenisha Bell handed out 10 assists to go along with 15 points, while Destiny Pitts (17 points), Carlie Wagner (11 points) and Jasmine Brunson (11 points) each finished in double-digits, as well.

Additionally, the game marked the first time that Penn State had allowed 100 points in Big Ten action since joining the league prior to the 1992-93 season. Junior Irene Garrido Perez entered the game late and hit a three-pionter that put them over the top.

Following a career-high scoring performance, freshman guard Trent Frazier got off to a slow start on the offensive end (1-4 FG), though he kept up the pressure for the Illini with three steals, and he brought down four rebounds.

"Today, I wasn't very pleased with that locker room", Underwood said.

IL hung in the game from the start, but was completely outplayed after halftime.

Matthew McLaren led Penn State in kills on the night registering 12 to go along with three service aces, one dig and two blocks. She scored the first eight points for the Gophers as they took an early 8-2 lead.

IL also went scoreless over a 4:13 minute stretch midway through the first half, though it responded with a 7-0 run over a 2:25 minute-span, starting at the 5:20 minute mark in the first half.

He primarily operated out of the high post on the offensive, and he added much-needed size to the starting frontcourt with six rebounds, which tied Black and Nichols for a team-high.

Coming out strong and with an early 10-2 lead, the Gopher held the early advantage. The spread-the-wealth scoring is part of the momentum for the homestand, according to Pitts. This stretch began with an upset win on the road over Ohio State on January 26, which ended on a buzzer beater from Penn State's Tony Carr. She reached the 20-point mark for the 30th time in her career, including nine this season. They didn't let up out of the break, either. This sparked a 9-0 Penn State run, which included two key free throws from David Jackson to give the Nittany Lions the lead for good with 1:43 left in the contest. Their 33 points in the first quarter tied a season-high; they reached the mark for the third time on Sunday. After losing back-to-back games to Minnesota and Northwestern in mid-January, Penn State has won four of its last five games.

"They score on the inbounds and that's been a problem for us", IL head coach Brad Underwood said.

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