Simmons, a graduate student guard, also added seven rebounds and five assists for the Pirates (2-1). Seton Hall also got 14 points and nine rebounds from Bra’Shey Ali and 12 points, nine rebounds and five assists from Daisha Simmons.
Penn State (1-2) trailed by five points in the final minute, but Candice Agee hit two layups and was fouled on the last one, giving her a free throw and a chance to tie. She missed, and both Simmons’ for Seton Hall hit two free throws to preserve the win.
The Lady Lions were led by Agee’s 21 points and five rebounds; Sierra Moore came through with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Lindsey Spann had 12 points.
Colorado 80, Arkansas State 69
In Boulder, Co., sophomore Haley Smith had a career-high 16 points to go with eight rebounds as Colorado topped Arkansas State in a consolation game of the Preseason WNIT.
The Buffs (2-1) had 20 turnovers but were solid otherwise, allowing the Red Wolves (1-2) to get as close as eight points with 3:45 left before rebuilding the lead. Jamee Swan added 16 points and eight rebounds, and Jen Reese came through with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Arkansas State’s Aundrea Gamble tied a career high with 30 points; both Amanda Lawson and Jasmine Hunt scored 15 points.
St. Francis Brooklyn 71, Rider 60
With a six-minute stretch of great defense in the second half, St. Francis Brooklyn pulled ahead of Rider on Saturday in the consolation round of the Preseason WNIT to move to 1-2 on the season.
The Terriers held Rider to just two points in that span. Jaymee Veney led St. Francis Brooklyn with 16 points to go with 15 rebounds, and Leah Fechko added 15 points. Rider (0-3) was paced by Robin Perkins, who had 20 points and six rebounds.
Central Arkansas 56, Jackson State 45
After building a 20-point lead in the second half Saturday, Central Arkansas held off Jackson State to move to 2-1 on the season.
Maggie Proffitt led the Sugar Bears with 15 points; Raquel Logan had a career-high nine rebounds. Jackson State (0-3) got 11 points from Ke’ra St. John.
North Dakota 54, Towson 52
Center Emily Evers rang up 19 points and 13 rebounds Saturday to move UND to 2-1 on the season. A free throw from Leah Szabla with 3 seconds left proved to be the final scoring.
LaTorri Hines-Allen scored 22 points for the Tigers (1-2).
Mercer 69, Eastern Kentucky 64
Precious Bridges played all 40 minutes for Mercer, going for 21 points, four rebounds and four assists for the Bears (2-1). Kahlia Lawrence added 18 points as Mercer forced 18 turnovers.
Eastern Kentucky (1-2) got 27 points and 12 rebounds from Michaela Hunter; Shameekia Murray added 16 points.