March 5, 2009
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With the first-round loss against the Fighting Illini, Penn State is 20-13 all time in Big Ten Tournament play
and 2-3 in first round games.
The Lady Lions are 1-2 in games as the No. 8 seed (2006).
The No. 8 seed is 7-8 all time against the No. 9 seed.
In six previous career meetings against the Illini, junior guard Tyra Grant had averaged 13.5 points per
game. Grant led Penn State with 16 points, shooting 3-of-7 from the three-point line.
Senior guard Brianne O'Rourke scored 11 points, shooting 4-of-11 from the floor.
O'Rourke shot 2-of-7 from three-point land, while adding four assists.
O'Rourke's two steals boosts her career total to 196, which is 13th all-time in school history.
Penn State is 2-1 against Illinois this season, 23-13 overall against the Illini and 3-2 in Big Ten Tournament
Sophomore forward Evelyn Lewis had a career-high 15 rebounds for the Lady Lions with two steals and
The Lady Lions shot 30 percent from the floor and 85 percent from the free-throw line.
Head coach Coquese Washington is 0-2 in Big Ten Tournament games and 24-36 overall in her second
season at Penn State.
Illinois is 14-14 in Big Ten Tournament games overall and 6-4 in first-round games. It has won four straight
Last season as the No. 9 seed the Illini became the lowest seed ever to advance to the Tournament
Illinois' last win over Penn State came on Feb. 21, 2008 in Champaign, 68-49. Its only win over the Lady
Lions in Big Ten Tournament play came in 1999, 77-75 in the semifinals.
Junior forward Jenna Smith reached 1,500-career points tonigh. Smith led all players with 24 points,
shooting 10-of-19 from the floor. Smith now has 1,522 career points, which is eighth in school history.
Smith has scored in double figures in 38-consecutive games. That is the second-longest streak in the Big
Ten and the seventh longest in the nation.
Illinois led by two points at halftime and as many as 12 on three different occasions in the second half.
Illinois is now 5-0 when giving up less than 50 points.
Illinois out-rebounded the Lady Lions 42-41 and is now 4-3 when it out-rebounds its opponents.
Junior forward Lacey Simpson scored 19 points with 14 rebounds against the Lady Lions. It is Simpson's
10th double-double of the season and 14th of her career.
Simpson's four steals against Penn State gives her the most steals in program history with 253. Simpson
passed Allison Curtin (1998-01) with 252 on the all-time career steals list.
Smith and Simpson combined for 43 points and 20 rebounds for the Fighting Illini. The two also combined at
the free-throw line a perfect 7-of-7.
Head coach Jolette Law is 4-1 in Big Ten Tournament games and 30-35 overall as head coach at Illinois.
SESSION 1 ATTENDANCE: 6,041
Third time in Big Ten Tournament history that Session 1 has drawn more than 6,000 fans