Penn State Lady Lions standout guards Alex Bentley and Maggie Lucas were named to the John R. Wooden Award Women’s Preseason Top 30. Bentley and Lucas are two of five Big Ten players who earned a spot on the list.
This honor comes after Bentley, a senior from Indianapolis, was selected as the Big Ten preseason Co-Player of the year by conference coaches and first team All-Big Ten by the media. Lucas, a junior from Narbeth, Pa., was also named to the All-Big Ten first team by the conference coaches and media.
Bentley is coming off a fantastic 2011-12 season where she earned first team All-Big Ten honors for the second time in her career while averaging 14.1 points per game, 4.7 assists per game, and 3.0 steals per game as she shot 42.3% from the field.
Bentley is currently 10th in Penn State history with 455 assists, 15th with 1,335 points, and 12th in steals with 216.
Lucas was named Honorable Mention All-American last season by the AP while earning first team All-Big Ten honors as well. She ranked third in the conference with a 19.5 per game scoring average while making 41% of her three point attempts and 88.6% of her free throws.
The eighth ranked Lady Lions return nine players from last season and were picked to repeat as Big Ten champions by the Big Ten’s coaches and media. They opened their season with a 72-61 win over Howard at the Bryce Jordan Center yesterday.