Penn State vs. Liberty




NO. 13 LIBERTY 78, NO. 4 PENN STATE 70 MARCH 20, 2005


-- Thirteenth-seeded Liberty came back from a seven-point second half deficit to stun No. 4 Penn State Sunday evening at Comcast Center in College Park to advance to the second round of the 2005 Division I Womens Tournament for the first time in school history with a hard-fought 78-70 win over a storied Lady Lions program. The Flames (25-6) will play No. 5 Depaul Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. Liberty records their first NCAA Tournament win in nine attempts, while Penn State drops to 26-21 in NCAA postseason play and conclude the season with a 19-11 record. A crowd of 3,767 saw the first ever meeting between the clubs.

-- It marked only the fourth time in tournament history that a No. 13 seed topped a No. 4 seed. Since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1994, No. 13 seeds were 4-44 coming into this years postseason (one win was a second-round victory).

-- Big South Player of the Year Katie Feenstra had 22 points and was a dominant presence in the low post for the underdog Flames. She connected on 8-of-12 shots and pulled down 11 rebounds for her 16th double-double of the season. Feenstra eclipsed the 1,800-point mark for her career, as she now stands at 1,807.

-- Rima Margeviciute registered her third career double-double (second of the season) with an 18-point, 12-rebound performance. The 12 rebounds is a season-high and ties a career-high (vs. Richmond, 12/14/03).

-- Freshman guard Allyson Fasnacht had the best game of her collegiate career, as she totaled a career-high 18 points, which includes a 7-of-8 performance at the charity stripe. Kristal Tharp also got into double digits for the Flames, finishing with 15 points and five rebounds.

-- Penn State also saw four players reach double figures in the scoring column: Tanisha Wright led the way with 19 points, Jess Strom and Jennifer Brenden each had 13 points, while Amanda Brown scored 12 points. Wright concludes her collegiate career five points shy of becoming the 4th Lady Lion to score 2,000 career points.

-- Liberty outscored Penn State 51-38 in the second half and converted free throws down the stretch to seal the victory. They went to the foul line 35 times, compared to just 21 opportunities for the Lady Lions.

-- Penn State ripped off seven straight points to end the first half, opening up their largest lead at 32-27. Wright led the way with nine points and five rebounds. Strom had eight points and four assists for the Lady Lions and Ashli Schwab snared a team-high seven rebounds. Liberty shot 45.8 percent from the field (11-of-24) and was paced by Feenstras eight points.

-- The see-saw first half featured eight ties and seven lead changes.

-- Wright scored the first bucket of the second half before Liberty would reel off 10 straight points to take a 37-34 lead with 16:39 remaining. They would up their lead to 40-35 on Margeviciutes trey with just under 16 minutes to play. After the Lady Lions drew to within 45-40, Liberty scored 10 of the next 12 points to capture a 55-42 lead with 11:26 remaining. Penn State would get no closer than five points the rest of the way.

-- Penn State had won three straight first-round contests, but the loss drops them to 13-3 all-time in the first round. Liberty, who has made nine straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament, finally broke through for the schools first postseason win.