Lady Lions 13th in AP preseason poll

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Penn State Lady Lions are ranked 13th in the Associated Press preseason poll, the highest of the four Big Ten schools in the voting. The Lady Lions will face six teams ranked in the preseason AP Top 25, including three squads from the Big Ten. Penn State is ranked 15th in the USA Today Sports Coaches' Poll.

The Lady Lions were picked to finish second in a preseason vote of the Big Ten coaches and media. Additionally, senior guard Maggie Lucas (Narberth, Pa.) was selected as the Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year by both the league's coaches and media and was a unanimous first team All-Big Ten selection.

The Lady Lions saw their first action of the 2013-14 season with a 102-51 win over Division II Lock Haven in an exhibition game on Oct. 27. Senior guard/forward Ariel Edwards (Elmont, N.Y.) paced Penn State with 21 points, going 7-for-10 from the field and a perfect 7-for-7 from the charity stripe. She also added five rebounds, two assists and two steals for a complete all-around performance. Lucas added 18 points, four assists and three steals against Lock Haven.

Of the six newcomers that played against the Eagles, freshmen Peyton Whitted (Suwanee, Ga.) and Kaliyah Mitchell (Stone Mountain, Ga.) had impressive outings. Whitted was the third Lady Lions to reach double figures with 11 points against LHU. Mitchell just missed out a double-double with nine points and 10 boards in 15 minutes of action.

Penn State opens its season against St. Francis (Pa.) on Fri., Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. The Lady Lions will raise their 2013 Big Ten Championship banner and give away commemorative championship ring banks to celebrate back-to-back Big Ten titles. The Lady Lions also face Fordham on Sun., Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. to close out opening weekend.

Lady Lion Basketball single-game and season tickets are available by calling 1-800-NITTANY. Single-game tickets are $15 and $12 for adults and seniors and $9 and $7 for youth (12 and younger). Season tickets are $99 for adults and $50 for youth (12 and under), this includes a Nittany Lion Kids Club Membership for 2013-14. New this year, the Lady Lions have introduced a Family Season Ticket package. For $200, fans will get two adult tickets and two youth tickets for the 2013-14 campaign. The PNC Flex Books are available again this year for $99. The Flex Book gives fans 12 vouchers, 10 that can be redeemed in any combination for Nittany Lion and Lady Lion Basketball tickets throughout the year and two extra vouchers for the Nittany Lions' Coaches Vs. Cancer game and the Lady Lions' Pink Zone game.

The 2014 Pink Zone at Penn State will take place on Sunday, Feb. 16 as the Lady Lions take on Wisconsin in the Bryce Jordan Center at 1 p.m. Last year, the Lady Lions donated a record $260,000 to breast cancer causes. This year's fundraising efforts will benefit the Mount Nittany Medical Center, Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute, Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital and Lewistown Hospital. For more information on the Pink Zone at Penn State, visit the official Pink Zone website at www.pennsylvaniapinkzone.org.

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Last Updated November 07, 2013