Penn State-Illinois basketball score

Penn State-Illinois basketball score

If there's a way to kick off a lengthy homestand, the Gophers women's basketball team found the sweet spot. They continued to find the net against Penn State, breaking 100 points with around 40 seconds remaining in the game.

"That is where you need to be at this time", Stollings said.

Gophers' sophomore Gadiva Hubbard matched a season high with 25 points to lead all scorers. Kenisha Bell handed out 10 assists to go along with 15 points, while Destiny Pitts (17 points), Carlie Wagner (11 points) and Jasmine Brunson (11 points) each finished in double-digits, as well. Frazier scored just six points (2-11 FG), well short of his average of 12.5 points per game prior to the contest.

Penn State, which trailed by four with just seconds to go in the first half, cashed in on an Illini mistake to take a one-point halftime lead, then sped ahead as IL suffered a scoring drought of 7:17 to open the second half. Junior Irene Garrido Perez entered the game late and hit a three-pionter that put them over the top.

The team hit on 13-of-23 attempts (56.5 percent) from 3-point range during the game and shot 50.7 percent from the floor. IL turned it over, couldn't get a rebound, then Penn State hit a three. Brad Underwood said it's still too early to tell if he'll be able to play Wednesday's game at IN since he's IN concussion protocol.

IL hung in the game from the start, but was completely outplayed after halftime.

"I knew from warm-ups that I was going to shoot well, and at the beginning of the game they just kept going in", Hubbard said.

Another 3-pointer by Garner made it 49-36 and it wasn't until the 12:43 mark that Black scored on a hook shot to break a drought that stretched for 8:34 back to the first half. The Illini are also 1-5 ATS in their last six home games and 0-4 ATS in their last four following a straight-up loss. She made 10 of 13 shots overall from the field in 25 minutes.

Page added four assists to move her career total to 302, making her the 15th Lady Lion in program history to move past the 300-assist mark for a career. Their next three games are against Ohio State, Purdue and MI, and the only one of those on the road is Purdue. IL knocked off the Hoosiers on January 24 for its first Big Ten victory of the season.

The Gophers led by 29 points at the half, 55-26, tying their season-high for the largest halftime lead they've held this season.

The victory also gave the Gophers sole possession of fourth place in the Big Ten standings. It's tough to win against the sisters of the poor when don't score, let alone the Nittany Lions who won their 18th game of the year.

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