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    14 I Friday, Dec. 10, 2010
Balanced production defining
By Andrew Robinson
Posting a double-double of 11
points and 11 rebounds and earn
ing a coach’s praise for being the
best player on the floor at times
doesn't often get overlooked after
a win.
But on Wednesday night. Julia
Trogele's effort against Army
managed to slip under the radar
thanks to a 23-point effort from
Mia Nickson and 20 points from
Maggie Lucas.
This collaborative effort has
been an ongoing theme this sea
son for the Lady Lions.
"Each game calls for different
things, different people to step
up." Lucas said at Hiesday's press
"There's going to be games
where the posts have the high
game, then when the guards have
the high game, it depends what
the other team is giving you. I
think we've been handling that
pretty w ell and showing that a lot
of people on our team can put up
some pretty good numbers."
Going into Wednesday night's
meeting with Army, the Lady
Lions t anked second nationally in
3-point shooting percentage with a
47.5 percent mark, just 0.6 percent
behind the national leader Drexel
Though the team shot 42.9 per
cent from beyond the arc
Wednesday, the Lady Lions
haven't been forcing shots this
It's shown in the box scores
leers set to battle Niagara in final game of semester
By Anthony Barton
The Penn State leers host their
final game before the winter break
Friday night at 9 p.m. when they
take on the Niagara Purple Eagles
at the Penn State Ice Pavilion.
The No. li leers (12-5-0. 3-3-0
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“There’s going to be games where the posts
have the high game, then when the guards
have the high game, it depends what the other
team is giving you.”
through the first 10 games.
So far, five different players
have posted at least one 20-point
effort, the first time since 2004-05
that the Lady Lions have boasted
such a diverse offense.
"Obviously that's one of our
strengths that everyone can con
tribute offensively." Trogele said
“I think we really need to work
on our defense, make sure we
don't have mental lapses. We need
to hold ourselves to a standard on
defense and hold teams to a cer
tain point, then keep pushing on
offense. I'm not really worried
about our offense, but come Big
Ten play our defense needs to
improve a lot."
Penn State coach Coquesc
Washington has talked about her
team's balance all season, saying
she isn't surprised by how well her
players have been sharing the
Lucas echoed her coach, saving
she saw the balance in pick-up
games over the summer and.
against the team's all-male prac
tice squad, the Lady Lions "light
them up."
While the outside shooting has
tain Marck Polidor said. "We
always expect a good game and
we never take them lightly."
While Penn State split their
series against No. 3 Delaware last
weekend, the team comes off a 7-2
loss and .iuiiac a- riant captain
Paul Daey acknowledged the
importance of gelling on the right
track heading imo the winter
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"We want to put together it
solid game I tonight, 1 , we want to
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highlighted the nonconference
schedule so far this season, the
Lady Lions have a strong post
game, as well.
Lucas said opposing teams
have to "pick your poison" when
guarding the Lady Lions and the
team is capable of taking advan
tage of whatever the other team is
giving them.
As far as the success from deep.
Washington attributed it to good
ball movement and smart shot
At the same time, sophomore
point guard Alex Bentley's contin
uing development and ability to
get into the lane has opened up
"The ball movement definitely
helps, then me and IZhaque
Gray|. -Alex is looking for us so
much." Lucas said.
"She gets right in the iane and
she makes great decisions when
she gets in the lane. She either
dishes off to the posl or kicks out
to us or gets one of those little
fadeaway jumpers, so a lot of our
scoring and h-pomi shooting is
due to tier."
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opposing teams.
Having so many weapons on To e nun' repo.
on moving forward." Daley said.
On top of fundamentals, senior
assistant captain Tim O'Brien
said the team took a unique
approach to practice Tuesday.
(’each Scott Balboni first split
the leers into two teams. The win
ning team was allowed to leave
the ice. while the losing team was
forced to skate an extra 20 min
utes in conditioning drills. With
that incentive. O'Brien said it defi
nitely helped the team's bond.
"I think that helped us fix the
little bit of a mental lapse we had
against Delaware Saturday."
O'Brien said.
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