The Lady Lions are on a roll after recording its fifth Big Ten victory with a 65-52 win over Indiana last night at the Bryce Jordan Center. The win brings the team to 14-4 on the year with a 5-1 conference record.
Senior Talia East had the game of her career with a double-double and a personal best of 13 points and 11 rebounds. The leading scorers for the night were Ariel Edwards and Maggie Lucas, putting up 18 points each. Edwards was 6-for-8 from the floor with four assists, three steals, and a block while Lucas added eight rebounds, two assists, and a steal. The defense for the Lady Lions also put up impressive numbers, forcing 12 turnovers and coming up with eight steals.
Unlike in the last game against Michigan State, the Lady Lions scored quickly and early against the Hoosiers, outscoring Indiana 11-2 over the first six minutes of play. Edwards led the run by scoring seven points off of three layups and a free throw. The Hoosiers responds and took control for the next four minutes of play going on a 10-2 run, which the lead to one at 13-12.
The comeback was thwarted by Penn State’s impressive response. The Nittany Lions went on a 10-0 run in less than two minutes to take an 11-point lead, 23-12. Lucas and Edwards led the drive combining to score all 10 points. The run started with back-to back threes before Lucas hit two free throws and Edwards capped the run with a layup.
Indiana tried to start another rally and scored the next four points of the game to make it a four-point game, but as the end of the half approached, Lucas helped to expand the Lions lead by hitting two jumpers and two free throws, which East followed with her own pair of makes from the line. The Lions went into the break up 31-24.
Penn State opened the second frame strong and drove its lead back up to 11 points. Lucas was again at the helm of the drive, scoring five points while Edwards, East, and Tori Walder each contributed a pair. The Lions then traded buckets with the Hoosiers before taking control of the game. They went on a 10-0 run to take a 52-31 lead with ten minutes left in the game.
The Lady Lions held on to this lead and never let the Hoosiers back into the game as Indiana could not get closer than 12 points for the rest of the night as the Lady Lions secured the 65-52 win.
The team will be back in action on Sunday afternoon as they host the Minnesota Gophers at the Bryce Jordan Center with tipoff coming at 1 p.m.