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Coach has been on leave since Nov. 22

12/9/2004

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.