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Clemson 67, Penn State 64: Tigers Capitalize on Lions Turnovers

The Penn State Lady Lions (3-1 | 0-0) were tripped by the Clemson Tigers 67-64 this afternoon. This was the first Power 5+1 test for the Lions this season and first road game.

The Lions played well throughout the first half of the game. However, the Tigers made adjustments and were able to tie the game up at the end of the 3rd quarter and took control late in the 4th period. Penn State had only one scorer get double figures, Makenna Marisa with 29 points. The Lions went 8-16 from the free throw line and turned the ball over 16 times in the game. The lack of diversity in scoring and 50% free throw shooting probably cost Penn State this game. This was the lowest scoring game for the Lions this season.

This was the 4th game for the Lady Lions in the 2021-22 season and the the 58th game in the Carolyn Kieger era. This was the final game before PSU starts a three-game tournament stretch in Florida. Now the Lions will take on the St. John's Red Storm. The next home game for our Penn State team will be Dec. 9th with the Lions will take on Rutgers. Tickets for the Rutgers bout can be purchased HERE.

How It Happened

The battle between these fierce teams began with a layup from Leilani Kapinus to take a 2-0 lead with 8:59 in the first period. Both teams' defenses locked in after the first score until Anna Camden got a transition bucket with 6:44 to go. Clemson's scoring drought would end with 6:03 to go, with that both teams briefly relaxed their defenses. By 4:06 in the quarter the Lions held a slim 9-8 lead. PSU and the Tigers would continue to trade buckets until the Tigers would take a 12-11 lead with 2:03 to go with an offensive rebound. Their lead would be short lived with Ali Brigham answering to give the Lions a 13-12 lead with 1:22 left. Nyam Thorton would push a floater in after forcing a steal with :37 left. Makenna Marisa would provide the elixir needed to give the Lions a buzzer beating THREE to push PSU to its largest lead 18-12 at the end of the quarter. Both teams by the end of the quarter had played evenly with the exception of PSU's 47%-25% lead in FG percentage. Makenna Marisa ended the quarter as Penn States' leading scorer with 10 points.

The 2nd quarter started with Clemson closing the PSU lead to 18-15 with 9:19. Nya Beverley and Makenna Marisa would answer by pushing the Lions lead to 25-15 thanks to Clemson turning the ball over four straight possessions with 6:43 in the half. The Tigers would briefly end the 7-0 PSU run with a floater, but as soon as the Tigers started to target Marisa they left other scorers open. Leilani Kapinus cut in quickly in back-to-back possessions to keep Penn State in front 29-20 with 5:26 left. Clemson changed their defense to zone briefly to give them a chance to pull PSU's lead down to 31-24 with 3:53. Clemson would knock in a three with 2:24 to make the Lions lead dwindle to 33-29, however Anna Camden would briefly end the Tigers run to put PSU back out in front 35-29. Makenna Marisa would knock down a three to get the Lions lead up to 38-31 with 1:30 left. Clemson would be saved by getting eight offensive rebounds in this half and it would help them get the final score of the half to pull the Tigers back to being down five 38-33. Leilani Kapinus would provide an emphatic block at the end to stop Clemson from getting any closer, giving PSU a 38-33 lead into halftime. PSU would end the half scoring 50% overall and 80% from behind the arc, however, Clemson would lead in rebounding 23-20 thanks to a 9-5 offensive rebounding advantage. Both teams were reportedly very chippy during this game as well!

The start of the 3rd quarter was a battle of defensive plays. Both teams forced several shots due to tight defenses and it would take until 7:35 to go in the quarter before we saw Clemson score the first point of the quarter allowing PSU to lead by a 38-34 margin after a Camden foul. Anna Camden would knock a 3-pointer down,, and the first FG of the quarter, to quickly push the lead back up to 41-34 for the Lions. With 6:45 in the period Ali Brigham was able to find her stride and score her fourth points of the game with 6:14 left. Just as Penn State was starting to pull away the Tigers knocked in their first basket of the half to close the Lion lead to 43-39 with less than 5 minutes to go in the quarter. A free throw by Clemson with 4:19 left pulled Clemson to within a possession with 43-40 left forcing Coach Kieger to call a timeout. The timeout was worth it, it called the Lions down and enabled Nya Beverely to knock in a shot from behind the arc giving the visitors a 46-40 lead with 3:51. The Tigers and Lions would trade three more scores when Clemson stole the ball from Marisa and suddenly Penn States' lead was cut to one 48-47 with 2:05 left in the quarter. Clemson would use this momentum to take a 49-48 lead with 1:27 left, but Nyam Thorton quickly pushed the Lions lead back to 50-49 with 1:25 to go. Clemson would regain the lead with 1:08 on the clock and a 51-50 lead. Makenna Marisa would tie the game up 52-52 with :17 left with two free throws. The final possession allowed Penn State to make a defensive stand and keep the game knotted at 52 with 10 minutes to go!

The fourth quarter began with two misses and a jump ball forced by Kapinus but Clemson and PSU found their shots with 9:04 keeping the game tied 54-54 with 8:59 to go. Marisa would complete a three-point play, however, and PSU reclaimed the lead with 8:58 to go 55-54. Clemson would retake the lead 56-55 with 7:39 to go with a transition layup. Makenna Marisa would shoot two more free throws after getting hammered in an attempted transition shot with 6:34 to go to give the Lions the lead again 57-56. Nyam Thorton missed two critical free throws that could have pushed the Lions lead up. Nonetheless, PSU hung tight and finally with 5:10 in the quarter Anna Camden would push Penn States lead back up to three 59-56. Then Clemson would go on a 5-0 run to give the Tigers a 61-59 lead with 4:19 to go. The Tigers would go in front 63-59 with 3:54 to g0. Marisa would give the Lions a FG and Beverely would knock in a free throw to pull the Lions to within 63-62. Shay Hagans would finally get Penn State even with Clemson 63-63 with 1:57 to go by going 1-2 at the line. At this point in the game PSU had shot 7-14 at the FT line. Clemson would then force two Penn State turnovers and give the Tigers a 65-63 lead with :47 seconds to go. The Tigers would then get an easy layup with :18 to go to grab a 67-63 lead. Turnovers and missed free throws ended up finishing PSUs chances. A 1-2 trip to the line for the Lions with a final turnover ended the game with Clemson winning 67-64.

Random Thoughts

  • Penn State is now 5-2 all-time against the Clemson Tigers.
  • Makenna Marisa was the only player to score in double figures for the Lions with 29 points.
  • Coach Krieger is 19-39 all-time at Penn State.

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