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Nittany Lions fall on road in women’s basketball to No. 16 Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Penn State women’s basketball team trimmed a 21-point deficit down to single digits, but No. 16 Ohio State held on for an 82-69 win Monday night in Big Ten action at Value City Arena.

Sophomore Makenna Marisa led Penn State with 21 points and nine rebounds. Graduate student Kelly Jekot followed with 19 points and six rebounds, while senior Niya Beverley added 14 points and five boards.

Ohio State got out to a quick 10-4 lead before sophomore Anna Camden drilled a three-pointer that put the score at 10-7 midway through the first quarter. An and-one from Beverley had the Lady Lions within 16-12 with 2:09 left on the clock, but the Buckeyes closed the term on a 6-0 run to take a 22-12 lead through one.

OSU carried its momentum into the second as the Buckeyes stretched their lead to as much as 21 at 43-22 with 3:04 left. A layup from Beverley was then followed by seven points from Jekot as Penn State closed the half on a 9-4 run to pull within 47-31 heading into the break.

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