Lady Lions (15-2, 5-0) vs. Minnesota (13-6, 2-3)
6:30 p.m. on BTN
The No. 8 Lady Lions will face Minnesota, a team that is coming off two tough losses in the Big Ten against Purdue, 75-67, and Nebraska, 84-63.
What Coquese said about Minnesota
Both teams play up-tempo styles of basketball and score points as Minnesota averages 72.2 points per game while the Lions average 74.4.
But defensively is where the two teams separate. The Lions have held opponents to an average of 55.9 points per game while the Gophers' opponents average 63.7 points per game....Advantage Penn State.
Taylor Swift has a hit single called "I Knew You Were Trouble". Not surprisingly, she sings one lyric, "I knew you were trouble when you walked in." That should be Minnesota's motto when approaching senior guard Alex Bentley.
Bentley averages 4.13 steals per game, which is currently No. 2 in the country. If the Gophers let Bentley dominant on defense, well, like Taylor Swift would say, shame on you now.
What to watch for
If freshman Candice Agee will play.
Agee suffered an ankle sprain against Wisconsin last Thursday, which sidelined her for Michigan.
While the Lions should have no problem taking care of Minnesota with or without the 6-foot-6 center, it is important to have her as a healthy option off the bench down the stretch.
When fans go to the BJC on Thursday, some might be fooled that they're in East Halls as Minnesota enters the game with six freshmen, if you include redshirt freshman Kayla Hirt.
It's a familiar look that Penn State has seen a few times this season with Georgetown and most recently, Wisconsin. As the previous teams will say, the Lions will try to rattle the inexperience depth of the Gophers and take advantage.
One of the most talked about topics at Wednesday's media day was the student section, or lack thereof.
Maggie Lucas, Alex Bentley and Talia East all said how they would love a student section. It should be interesting to see if their plea gets answered going down the stretch of the Big Ten.
Write It Down
Similar to Wisconsin last Thursday, this game won't be close. Lady Lions win in a blow out, 92-56.
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