Maggie Lucas propelled Penn State to victory on Thursday night against Indiana, giving the No. 11 Lady Lions a 71-63 win over the Hoosiers.
Lucas led the Lions with 32 points, going 10-for-16 from the field, and grabbed 6 rebounds, making her the 29th Lady Lion to grab 500 rebounds in their career. She also became the only player in school history and the sixth player in conference history to accumulate 2,000 points, 500 rebounds, 250 assists, and 200 steals in her collegiate career.
Ariel Edwards and Dara Taylor also had big contributions in the win. Edwards had 10 points and 9 rebounds, while Taylor added 12 points and 8 assists.
Lucas started the game on fire with a 7-0 run by herself in the first two minutes. Indiana responded with a 10-2 run to take the lead with more than 15 minutes remaining in the half.
The two teams exchanged blows, and were tied at 16 when the Nittany Lions went on a 12-2 run to give the team a double-digit lead that it would not relinquish for the rest of the half. Freshman Kaliyah Mitchell started things off with a layup, Taylor converted a three-point play, Lucas canned two free throws, and Edwards and Tori Waldner closed things out with jumpers.
Indiana fought back with a 9-2 run of its own and came within three points with four minutes left. A layup from Taylor, two free throws from Talia East, and a jumper by Peyton Whitted gave Penn State a nine point lead, and while the Hoosiers would not give up and scored four points to come within six at the half, Penn State went into the locker room with a 37-31 lead.
The Hoosiers started the second half strong with a 9-0 run to take a 41-37 lead. Lucas had a three to start a 7-2 run that helped the Lions regain the lead, 48-47, with more than 11 minutes left to play. After a three by Indiana, Taylor and Edwards went on a 7-0 run themselves to give Penn State a lead it wouldn’t lose for the rest of the game.
Penn State stretched its lead to 62-53 with five minutes left after Taylor, East, and Lucas all converted on layups. The Hoosiers continued to fight and scored the game’s next four points with less than four minutes remaining, but East and Lucas pushed the lead to 10 points and brought the score to 67-57 with more two minutes left in the game. The Hoosiers scored six straight to close the gap, but Lucas sealed the win for the Lions with four free throws.
The Lady Lions return home Sunday afternoon, where they will face Wisconsin in the annual Pink Zone game. The game tips off at 1 p.m.