STATE COLLEGE – Candice Agee hit a free throw with 10 seconds remaining to lift Penn State to a 76-75 victory over Northwestern on Sunday.
Agee missed her second attempt, but Lydia Rohde’s shot bounced off the back iron and Alex Harris grabbed the rebound to seal the win for Penn State (5-15, 2-7 Big Ten).
Harris came off of the bench to score 11 points and grab 10 rebounds for her first career double-double and sophomore Kaliyah Mitchell grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds and scored 10 points for her second straight double-double.
Penn State’s bench contributed 31 points. Harris and Peyton Whitted led the scoring effort by the reserves with 11 points each.
The starting five also played a major role in the victory, with Candice Agee, Mitchell and Sierra Moore reaching double figures in scoring. Agee connected on just two field goals, but hit six free throws to finish with 10 points.
Along with her career-high 15 rebounds and 10 points, Mitchell also handed out a career-best four assists. Moore scored a team-high 18 points.
Northwestern (14-5, 4-4) got out to an early lead thanks to a pair of 3-pointers by Ashley Deary and Maggie Lyon. The Wildcats built their lead to seven points when Lyon connected on her second 3-pointer to make it 15-8. That lead didn’t last long, as Penn State used a 14-3 run to take the lead at 22-18.
Penn State’s lead swelled to eight points at 31-23, and the Lady Lions led 41-36 at halftime.
The Wildcats went on a 13-4 run during the second half and eventually took a 63-62 lead on a Karly Roser layup with 9:01 to play.
The teams traded the lead three times and were tied three other times down the stretch.
The final tie came with 32 seconds remaining as the Wildcats pressured the inbounds pass and forced a Penn State turnover. Christen Inman converted the layup to knot the game at 75.