UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. Sophomore Lynn Pride tied her career-high with 19 points as Kansas University's women's basketball team outlasted Penn State, 61-53, on Wednesday at PSU's Jordan Center.
Pride hit eight of eight field goals and had seven rebounds with an assist and three steals in 35 minutes. She also helped secure the victory in the final minutes by taking over the ball-handling chores.
"In the end, we decided to try something we hadn't in the past, and that was keep the ball in Lynn's hand and live or die with that," KU coach Marian Washington said.
Kansas (2-0) hit 43.9 percent of its field goals while limiting the Nittany Lions (2-1) to 29.7 percent.
KU freshman Jaclyn Johnson had a career-high 14 points and four rebounds, and freshman Jennifer Jackson scored 10 points.
Newcomers scored 31 of KU's 61 points.
"I think this was a big game for both teams," Washington said. "We had a good lead, and we let it dwindle, and our inexperience showed down the stretch. This was a big win for us and definitely a confidence-booster."
The Jayhawks outrebounded the Lions, 44-38, but they also had 22 turnovers to PSU's 21.
"We expected them to press," Washington said, "but we didn't expect them to be as effective as they were with it."
Helen Darling led the Lions with 13 points. Christine Portland had 12 and Andrea Garner 10.
The Jayhawks will have Thanksgiving dinner together today before heading to Iowa's Prairie Lights/Hawkeye Classic Tournament.
KU will face Washington in Saturday's first round.