March 26, 2000 |
On a night when Andrea Garner was hampered by foul trouble, her best friend on the Penn State team put the Lions on her back and made sure they would still have a chance at their first-ever NCAA Women's Final Four. Helen Darling, the Big Ten Conference player of the year, stole a rebound from an Iowa State player and hit a tough baseline shot with 12.6 seconds remaining last night to give the Lions a 66-65 victory over the Cyclones in a Midwest Regional semifinal in front of a mostly red-clad crowd of 8,195 spectators at Municipal Auditorium.
May 28, 1999 |
Penn State point guard Helen Darling thinks her defense helped her win a spot on the 12-member USA Basketball women's team that will compete in the 1999 World University games this July in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Nittany Lions coach Rene Portland will coach the team, which was selected last week after trials in Colorado Springs, Colo. Teammate Andrea Garner, a center from Philadelphia's Masterman High School, was chosen as one of five alternates. "Helen had the most consistent week, and she's added some things to her game," Portland said of the 5-foot-7 guard.
January 7, 2004 |
Southern California's Pete Carroll was named the Division I-A coach of the year by the American Football Coaches Association yesterday. Carroll led the Trojans to a 12-1 season and the Associated Press national championship. Colgate's Dick Biddle won the Division I-AA honor from the AFCA for leading the Red Raiders to the national title game, in which they lost to Delaware, 40-0. Grand Valley State's Brian Kelly and Carroll's Mike van Diest shared the Division II coaching award.
December 9, 1999 |
Penn State's 16th-ranked women's basketball team completed a sweep of its three nonconference opponents from the Big Five by beating pesky La Salle, 78-64, last night at the Explorers' Tom Gola Arena. The Nittany Lions also have wins over Villanova and St. Joseph's. Last night's game was decided after the teams were tied, 40-40, early in the second half. Penn State went on a 19-2 run to take a 59-42 lead with 11 minutes, 26 seconds remaining. The winners reached their largest advantage at 18 points with 2:32 to play.
November 21, 2000 |
The ninth-ranked Penn State women's basketball team opened its home season last night with a tribute to its immediate past, hanging a banner in the Bryce Jordan Center to signify the Nittany Lions' first NCAA Women's Final Four appearance last April in Philadelphia. Among the participants were recent graduates Andrea Garner, a former star at Masterman High, and Helen Darling. Both went on to play in the WNBA in the summer, Garner with the Seattle Storm and Darling with the Cleveland Rockers.
November 20, 1997 |
The Penn State women's basketball team turned last night's visit to Rutgers into a mother-and-daughter affair. Mom - veteran Penn State coach Rene Portland - got a rare victory at the Louis Brown Athletic Center in the Lions' season opener. The 53-43 triumph, only the second in 11 visits since 1986, was made possible in part by daughter Christine. The 5-foot-9 junior guard had a career night with 17 points, including 3 of 6 on three-point attempts. "This is the greatest to be a part of," said Christine Portland, who was the only Penn State player to score in double figures.
December 14, 1998 |
All is well again in Happy Valley for Penn State women's basketball. The Lions are back in the national rankings at 20th after a two-year absence and are beating national powers on a regular basis. Yesterday, coach Rene Portland's squad (7-1) defeated its third top-10 team in two weeks: Penn State beat No. 10 Old Dominion, 89-77, in the Bryce Jordan Center before a crowd of 6,245. It was the team's seventh straight win after an opening upset loss to Pittsburgh. It was the first time Penn State had beaten ODU in four meetings, the last of which came 15 seasons ago. Next stop for the Lions is at Temple, next Monday, in their first visit to Philadelphia in five seasons.
December 27, 2003 |
The WNBA was officially reduced to 13 teams yesterday with an announcement by the women's pro basketball league that it will hold a dispersal draft of players from the Cleveland Rockers on Jan. 6. The NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers ended their relationship with the Rockers in September after the Rockers were eliminated by the Detroit Shock in the playoffs. The Cavaliers cited low attendance figures and the failure of the Rockers to make a profit in any of the their seven seasons as reasons for the move.
March 31, 2000 |
With all the success that his Connecticut teams have enjoyed over the last 12 years, coach Geno Auriemma knows what it takes to prepare his team for the next game, especially in the pressurized atmosphere of the women's Final Four. Sometimes, though, details about the opponent's roster seem to be a bit fuzzy. Penn State will be the Huskies' foe tonight in the second game of the NCAA semifinal doubleheader at the First Union Center. Auriemma talked yesterday about how well the Lions play as a team, saying that they have seven seniors on their roster.
December 20, 1999 |
Penn State coach Rene Portland remembers well the games this season when her Lady Lions got behind early - losses to Duke and Connecticut. Knowing how dangerous Clemson could be, she was not about to let them do that again. Andrea Garner scored 19 points and Helen Darling had 10 assists, leading No. 9 Penn State to a 69-54 victory over Clemson yesterday in the first game of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Garner scored Penn State's first seven points, helping the Lady Lions (7-2)