UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Penn State women’s basketball team secured its third-straight victory and evened its Big Ten mark with a 68-59 win over Illinois Tuesday, Jan. 23 at the Bryce Jordan Center.
After the Fighting Illini (9-13, 0-8 B1G) held the lead for most of the first quarter, the Lady Lions (13-8, 4-4 B1G) closed the frame on a 10-1 spurt and a Teniya Page (Chicago, Ill.) 3-pointer with nine second left gave the Blue and White a lead it would not relinquish.
Three Penn State players reached double-digits as Page lead the team with 18 points, Amari Carter (Washington, D.C.) finished the game with 12 points and Jaida Travascio-Green (Lisle, Ill.) posted 10 points.
Page’s 18 points mark her 13th time reaching double-digits this season, and 67th time in her career. The Chicago, Illinois native also led the team with four assist and her two steals made her the 46th member of the 100-steal club at Penn State.
Jaylen Williams (Easton, Mass.) scored a personal Big Ten-best nine points and tallied a team-best two blocks, which moved her past Peyton Whitted and into the No. 23 spot in Penn State laurels with 50 career blocks.
Siyeh Frazier (Detroit, Mich.) tied her Big Ten high in steals and assists with two a piece, while contributing six points to the Penn State scoring effort.
De’Janae Boykin (Springdale, Md.) pulled in a team-best 10 rebounds, registering five-or-more rebounds in all 18 games she has played this season. Her 10 boards also mark the second-straight game and seventh time this season which she has posted double-digit caroms.
Leading the Fighting Illini was Alex Wittinger with a triple double scoring 18 points, pulling down 10 rebounds and blocking 11 shots. Cierra Rice netted ten points for Illinois and Brandi Beasley added 15 points and four rebounds.