7:00 PM ET, November 23, 2004
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Amanda Brown scored 18 points as Penn State -- without head coach Rene Portland for the first time in more than 24 years -- beat Duquesne 71-55 Tuesday night.Portland took a leave of absence for undisclosed medical reasons on Monday, eight days after she fainted on the flight back from Penn State's season opener against Texas.The Lady Lions (1-3) were coached by Annie Troyan, a former Penn State player and longtime assistant to Portland. It was the first time Troyan had been a head coach since 1987, when she led Archbishop Carroll in the Philadelphia Catholic League.Penn State maintained a double-digit lead through most of the second half until Duquesne's Aiga Bautre completed a three-point play to pull the Dukes (0-2) within 63-55 with 1:48 left.Brown had a three-point play of her own, and Duquesne didn't score again.Tanisha Wright scored 16 points for Penn State, Jess Strom had 12 and Ashli Schwab added 13 rebounds.Bautre led Duquesne with 20 points, and Nicole Sinclair had 17 points and 11 rebounds.Duquesne stayed with the Lady Lions for the first few minutes, leading 12-10 before Brown's fast-break basket started a 15-0 Penn State run. Penn State led 38-25 at halftime.Portland, who would have earned her 650th career win Tuesday night, missed her first game since she was hired in 1980, a span of 758 games. Last season, Portland coached one game from a wheelchair and the next 14 on a wheeled cart after she broke her left leg in a fall.