Dance Card: Penn State, Big Ten at-large

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The Big Ten regular season champs are back with home court advantage.

Who? The Lady Lions of Penn State. Someday, I hope some Penn State coach has the nerve to get rid of that moniker.

What? The Nittany Lion is a mountain lion.

Where? State College, Pennsylvania, which I have been reliably informed has excellent ice cream. Should St. John's draw the Penn State pod someday, I will endeavor to test the veracity of this claim.

When? March 23rd, in University Park, Pennsylvania.

Why? The regular season champs of the Big Ten tend to make the tournament.

How? They were an at-large selection.

Surprise? Predicted to finish second in the conference, they won the regular season on a tiebreaker with Michigan State, but went out in the quarterfinals to Ohio State.

RPI: 15

SOS: 10

Record: 22-7 (13-3 Big Ten)

Good wins: Oregon State in the Junkanoo Jam.

Bad losses: Ohio State in the Big Ten tournament. I mean, really, Co?

Who's running this show? Coquese Washington, since 2007. Veteran of both the ABL and the WNBA.

Extra, Extra! The Patriot-News.

Senior Maggie Lucas leads Penn State with 21.4 points per game. She likes it from deep (180 attempts on the year, more than half of her team's attempts) and can seal a game at the line- at 95.1%, she's only missed nine free throws all year. Senior forward Ariel Edwards adds 15.4 points and 6.0 rebounds, while senior point guard Dara Taylor dishes juuuuuust under five assists. The trio of seniors bear the load of the minutes, along with senior center Talia East and junior forward Tori Waldner.

Penn State is known for their offense... not so much their defense.

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