Coach has been on leave since Nov. 22

Updated: December 9, 2004, 1:14 PM ET

UNIVERSITY PARK, Penn. -- Penn State women's basketball coach Rene Portland, who had been on medical leave since Nov. 22, will return to the team for its game Thursday against Pittsburgh.

Portland took a leave after a fainting episode on Nov. 14. After undergoing a series of tests, she received clearance from her physicians to return to coaching.

"I have been touched by the outpouring of support I have received from the community during my absence," Portland said. "The team has certainly showed its strength in coming together the way it did, and I am excited to be back with my Lady Lion family again."

The Lady Lions upset No. 2 North Carolina 77-71 on Sunday and have won three straight games.