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Penn State vs. Michigan Preview, Open Thread: Lady Lions Look to Take 7th Win in a Row in Pink Zone Game

Penn State's Ashley Owusu (0) during the game with Maryland. The Nittany Lions dropped a big win Sunday afternoon Jan. 28, 2024 inside the Bryce Jordan Center.

Photo Credit to Mark Selders

The Penn State Lady Lions (16-5 | 7-3) enter the annual Pink Zone game in 4th place in the Big Ten and on a 6-game Big Ten win streak. The Lions will take on Michigan (14-8 | 5-5) who enters on a 2-game losing streak after an upset loss to Illinois at home. A win today would give Penn State it's first 7-game win streak in conference games for the first time since the 2012-13 season.

The Lions are coming off an 80-64 victory at Minnesota where Penn State had four scorers nab double-figures and saw Ashley Owusu nab a double-double (18 points, 11 rebounds). Meanwhile, the Wolverines are entering this match coming off a home loss to Illinois (10-10) where they shot 20% from three and never held the lead after the first minute of the game. Michigan is one of three Big Ten teams that Coach Carolyn Kieger has come close to beating on multiple occasions, but has yet to do so (Iowa and Indiana are the other two, with Maryland previously being on the list until last week).

What to Watch For

Fast Play

Penn State plays at a very fast pace, it can sometimes result in turnovers. However, the reward is a style of game that makes their opponents turn the ball over and results in easier transition buckets. If Penn State speeds the game up, look out Wolverines.

Prediction

Penn State hasn't won a Pink Zone game with fans in the arena since the 2016-17 season where the Lady Lions upset #25 Michigan 76-75. With the energy Penn State is bringing, the Lions should be favored.

Penn State 78, Michigan 70

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