Penn State Rounds Out Semifinal Slate with 61-49 Win Over Illinois
March 2, 2007
INDIANAPOLIS - Senior Amanda Brown grabbed a tournament record 18 rebounds and scored 15 of her 19 points in the second half to lift fifth-seeded Penn State past fourth-seeded Illinois, 61-49, in the 2007 Big Ten Tournament on Friday.
With the win, the Nittany Lions (15-15, 8-8 Big Ten) advance to Sunday's second semifinal against three-time conference and defending tournament champion Ohio State.
The 18 rebounds raised the single-game standard and marked a career-best for Brown. Three other Nittany Lions - Brianne O'Rourke, Kamela Gissendanner and Tyra Grant - all scored in double figures.
For the Illini (18-11, 7-9 Big Ten), Rebecca Harris came off the bench to score a team-leading eight points. Lacey Simpson grabbed 11 rebounds and six points, while four others had six a piece.
The Illini had their chances to cut down Penn State's lead, but 23.3 percent shooting in the second half doomed Illinois.
The Nittany Lions quickly built an 11-0 run to start the game, holding Illinois scoreless for the first five minutes. Erin Wigley nailed a jumper to finally put the Illini on the