STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Resurgent Penn State celebrated its most successful season in eight years with a No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament.
The Lady Lions (24-6) will play 13th-seed UTEP (29-3) on Sunday in Baton Rouge, La.
Penn State won the Big Ten this season, its first regular-season conference title since 2004, before losing on a last-second shot to Purdue in the Big Ten tournament semifinals. Coach Coquese Washington’s club was one of seven Big Ten teams to make the tourney, a conference record.
It’s the second straight appearance to the NCAAs for the Lady Lions, though Washington said they’d like to forget their last NCAA game. Playing on its home floor, Penn State lost a 14-point lead to DePaul, 75-73, in a second-round thriller last year.