The Lady Lions bounced back from Thursday’s disappointing loss to Iowa by crushing Ohio State, 74-54. This was the third time Penn State has won back-to-back games in Columbus, and the first time since 2002 and 2004.
Maggie Lucas led the Lady Lions with 23 points, her 60th career game with 20 or more points, moving to fifth place in Big Ten career scoring history. Talia East had 12 points and 8 rebounds, while Dara Taylor chipped 12 points and 4 rebounds.
Penn State came out of the gates slow and the Buckeyes took an early 9-6 lead. The Lady Lions responded with seven straight points to take a 13-9 lead. The Buckeyes were able to pull within one point after scoring five of the game’s next seven points, making it 15-14. After a small attack by Penn State, the Buckeyes went on a 14-2 ru to take a 33-26 lead with 4:45 to play in the first half. The Lady Lions ended the period on a high note with a 12-3 run to take a 38-36 halftime lead.
Penn State came out swinging in the second half. Taylor started things off for Penn State with a three-pointer 16 seconds into the frame, followed by six consecutive points by Lucas giving the Lions a 47-36 lead with 16 minutes remaining. The Buckeyes wouldn’t go down without a fight, scoring seven of the game’s next nine points to cut the Penn State lead to 49-43.
The Lady Lions kept control of the game, responding with a 10-1 run and pushed its lead to 59-44 with 8:38 left. Ohio State tried to come back, but the Buckeyes failed to come within 12 points of the Lady Lion lead, and a 9-0 run in the waning minutes of the game gave Penn State one of its most decisive wins of its Big Ten campaign.
Penn State will play in Bloomington on Thursday at 7 p.m. against Indiana, but return home for the Annual Pink Zone game against Wisconsin on Sunday, February 16 at 1 p.m.