Although she struggled with foul trouble in the first half, Alex Bentley posted her 20th career 20-point game against #16/#13 Texas A&M in the Lady Lions’ 63-58 win in College Station on Wednesday night.
With 21 points and 4 steals, Bentley was a part of the defense that shut the Aggies down in the final six minutes of the game.
Plagued with 15 fouls, the Lady Lions went back and forth with the Aggies on the scoring front. The second half, though, proved why Penn State is ranked 9th in the country. The game featured several scoring runs, the final one being a 10-0 outburst by the Nittany Lions down the stretch to open up a 5-point lead with less than a minute remaining.
Nikki Greene, a Texas native, had the opportunity to play in front of friends and family, and scored all 8 of her points in a strong second half that also included 7 rebounds. Additionally, senior Mia Nickson grabbed an aggressive 11 rebounds and added 6 points.
With 7 seconds left, Maggie Lucas made two free throws to clinch the win and cap off her 18 points on the night.
The win snapped a 58-game non-conference winning streak at home for Texas A&M and was the first time that Penn State beat a ranked, non-conference opponent on the road since defeating Texas on December 21, 2001.
The Lady Lions (2-0) are back on the hardwood Sunday at 2 p.m. against Lafayette at the Bryce Jordan Center.