The ninth-ranked Penn State Lady Lions continued their impressive early season play on Sunday, dominating both sides of the ball en route to a 76-55 victory at Michigan State.
Penn State was led by Maryland transfer Dara Taylor, who scored a career high 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting while also adding three rebounds, four assists and three steals. Taylor was one of four Lady Lions to register double figures in scoring on the afternoon as the team shot 51.8% from the field.
Seniors Nikki Greene and Alex Bentley added 14 and 13 points respectively, while junior Maggie Lucas scored 12 points.
In the process, Bentley became the 12th player in Penn State history to top 1,500 career points. Additionally, senior forward Mia Nickson grabbed six rebounds to go with her six points, placing her in the Lady Lions 500-rebound club with 506 total rebounds in her career.
Defensively, Penn State limited Michigan State to just 29.3% shooting and 22.2% from three-point range. That tough defense and an 18-4 run early in the second half enabled the Lady Lions to open up a double digit lead that the Spartans could not overcome.
The win brought the Lady Lions’ overall record to 12-2 (2-0 Big Ten) and snapped a four-game losing streak to Michigan State. The team’s next matchup will bring them back home to the Bryce Jordan Center for a game with Nebraska on Jan. 13.