Penn State Lady Lions basketball

The Penn State Lady Lions basketball team represents Pennsylvania State University and plays its home games in the Bryce Jordan Center. In 2013, the Lady Lions became just the twelfth program in NCAA Division I history to reach 850 wins.[2] Penn State has won 8 regular season Big Ten titles and the first 2 Big Ten tournament titles in 1995 and 1996. Prior to joining the Big Ten, the Lady Lions competed in the Atlantic 10 conference.[3] The Lady Lions have 25 NCAA tournament appearances as of 2014, the most in the Big Ten. The team's best post-season finish came in 2000 when the Lady Lions reached the Final Four before losing to eventual champion UConn. The Lady Lions captured the WNIT title in 1998 defeating Baylor 59–56 in Waco, Texas. Notable alumni include WBCA First Team All-Americans Suzie McConnell, Susan Robinson, Helen Darling, and Kelly Mazzante. ESPN correspondent Lisa Salters is the shortest player in Lady Lions history at 5'-2".

Penn State Lady Lions
2019–20 Penn State Lady Lions basketball team
UniversityPennsylvania State University
First season1965
Athletic directorSandy Barbour
Head coachCarolyn Kieger (2nd season)
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
LocationUniversity Park, Pennsylvania
ArenaBryce Jordan Center
(Capacity: 15,261)
NicknameLady Lions
ColorsBlue and White[1]
         
Uniforms
Home
Away
NCAA Tournament Final Four
2000
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1983, 1994, 2000, 2004
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2012, 2014
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
AIAW Tournament Appearances
1976
Conference Tournament Champions
1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996
Conference Regular Season Champions
1985, 1986, 1991, 1994, 1995, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2012, 2013, 2014

Current coaching staff

PositionNameYearAlma mater
Head CoachCarolyn Kieger2019Marquette University
Assistant Coach
Assistant Coach
Assistant Coach
Director of Basketball OperationsEthan Gelfand2011Wake Forest (2006)
Director of Video & Technology OperationsMike Miller2008High Point University

Pink Zone at Penn State

Annually, the Lady Lions don pink jerseys in support of several organizations that fight breast cancer in what is now known as the "Pink Zone at Penn State" game. The Lady Lions were the first Division I team in the nation to wear pink jerseys,[4] a growing trend in athletics. Then-head coach Rene Portland developed the idea in 2006 with money from the Big Ten Conference, and the first game (termed the "Think Pink" game) occurred in February 2007 against Wisconsin.[5] In 2012, the Pink Zone at Penn State raised a record $203,000 to distribute to its beneficiaries.[6]

All-time season results

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Marie Litner (Independent) (1965–1970)
1965 Marie Litner 3–1
1966 Marie Litner 3–2
1967 Marie Litner 2–3
1968 Marie Litner 4–2
1969 Marie Litner 3–3
1970 Marie Litner 5–1
Marie Litner: 20–12
Mary Ann Domitrovitz (Independent) (1971–1974)
1971 Mary Ann Domitrovitz 6–2
1972 Mary Ann Domitrovitz 4–3
1973 Mary Ann Domitrovitz 3–5
1974 Mary Ann Domitrovitz 5–3
Mary Ann Domitrovitz: 17–13
Pat Meiser (Independent) (1974–1980)
1974–75 Pat Meiser 7–7EAIAW Mid-Atlantic Tournament
1975–76 Pat Meiser 10–10AIAW First Round
1976–77 Pat Meiser 13–8EAIAW Mid-Atlantic Tournament
1977–78 Pat Meiser 21–5EAIAW Mid-Atlantic Tournament
1978–79 Pat Meiser 21–8EAIAW Mid-Atlantic Tournament
1979–80 Pat Meiser 20–14EAIAW Mid-Atlantic Tournament
Pat Meiser: 92–52
Rene Portland (Independent, Atlantic 10 (1982–1991), Big Ten (1992–Present)) (1980–2007)
1980–81 Rene Portland 19–9EAIAW Mid-Atlantic Tournament
1981–82 Rene Portland 24–6NCAA Sweet Sixteen
Atlantic 10 Conference
1982–83 Rene Portland 26–7NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1983–84 Rene Portland 19–126–22ndNCAA First Round
1984–85 Rene Portland 28–57–11st (tie)[3]NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1985–86 Rene Portland 24–812–41st (tie)[3]NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1986–87 Rene Portland 23–716–22ndNCAA Second Round
1987–88 Rene Portland 20–1311–74thNCAA Second Round
1988–89 Rene Portland 14–1412–64th
1989–90 Rene Portland 25–715–33rdNCAA Second Round
1990–91 Rene Portland 29–217–11stNCAA Second Round
Independent
1991–92 Rene Portland 24–7NCAA Sweet Sixteen
Big Ten Conference
1992–93 Rene Portland 22–614–43rdNCAA Second Round
1993–94 Rene Portland 28–316–21stNCAA Elite Eight
1994–95 Rene Portland 26–513–31stNCAA Second Round
1995–96 Rene Portland 27–713–32ndNCAA Sweet Sixteen
1996–97 Rene Portland 15–128–86th
1997–98 Rene Portland 21–138–87thWNIT Champions
1998–99 Rene Portland 22–812–42ndNCAA Second Round
1999-00 Rene Portland 30–515–11stNCAA Final Four
2000–01 Rene Portland 19–1011–54thNCAA First Round
2001–02 Rene Portland 23–1211–52ndNCAA Sweet Sixteen
2002–03 Rene Portland 26–913–31stNCAA Sweet Sixteen
2003–04 Rene Portland 28–615–11stNCAA Elite Eight
2004–05 Rene Portland 19*-1113–33rdNCAA First Round
2005–06 Rene Portland 13–166–107th
2006–07 Rene Portland 15–167–95th
Rene Portland: 606*-236271–95
Coquese Washington (Big Ten) (2007–2019)
2007–08 Coquese Washington 13–184–1410th
2008–09 Coquese Washington 11–186–127th
2009–10 Coquese Washington 17–148–106thWNIT First Round
2010–11 Coquese Washington 25–1011–52ndNCAA Second Round
2011–12 Coquese Washington 26–713–31stNCAA Sweet Sixteen
2012–13 Coquese Washington 26–614–21stNCAA Second Round
2013–14 Coquese Washington 24–813–31stNCAA Sweet Sixteen
2014–15 Coquese Washington 6–243–1513th
2015–16 Coquese Washington 12–196–1211th
2016–17 Coquese Washington 21-119-77thWNIT Third Round
2017–18 Coquese Washington 16-166-1011thWNIT First round
2018–19 Coquese Washington 12-185-1312th
Coquese Washington: 209–16998–111
Carolyn Kieger (Big Ten) (2019–Present)
Total:948–482 (.663)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

* The Lady Lions finished 19–11 in 2004–05, but three wins were credited to assistant head coach Annie Troyan.

Source:[7]

Awards and honors

Atlantic 10 awards

  • Atlantic 10 Player of the Year
    • Kahadeejah Herbert, 1985
    • Susan Robinson, 1991
  • Atlantic 10 Freshman of the Year

Big Ten awards

National and regional awards

Wade Trophy

  • 1992, Susan Robinson

Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award

CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year

Eastern College Athletic Conference Player of the Year

  • 1991, Susan Robinson

WBCA Coach of the Year

USBWA Coach of the Year

Black Coaches & Administrators Female Coach of the Year

References

  1. Penn State Artwork (PDF). November 6, 2017. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  2. "2012–13 Penn State Lady Lion Basketball" (PDF). Grfx.cstv.com. Retrieved 2015-06-26.
  3. Waterman, Tom, ed. (2015). 2015-16 Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Media Guide. Richmond, Virginia: Atlantic 10 Conference. p. 77. Retrieved 2016-09-06.
  4. "State College, PA – Penn State Women's Basketball: Lady Lions Volunteer Time at Pink Out Day". Statecollege.com. 2012-02-23. Retrieved 2015-06-26.
  5. "2012 Pink Zone Donates Record ,000 to Breast Cancer Charities – Penn State Official Athletic Site". Gopsusports.com. Retrieved 2015-06-26.
  6. "All-Time Results" (PDF). Grfx.cstv.com. Retrieved 2015-06-26.
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