The No. 11 Lady Lions fell to No. 17 Nebraska last night, 94-74, Penn State’s largest defeat since a 22-point loss to Ohio State on Feb. 17, 2011.
With one game remaining before the start of the Big Ten tournament, the Lions are in a three-way tie for first place along with the Cornhuskers and Michigan State.
Nebraska shot an unconscionable 72.7 percent (16-for-22) from beyond the arc, keeping the lead in double digits for most of the contest. The Huskers sunk eight of their first nine shots, building a 21-7 lead just five minutes into the game.
After falling behind by 32 points midway through the second half, the Lions mounted a 14-1 run to close the gap to 76-57 with eight minutes to play. The Huskers matched the Lions shot for shot down the stretch, dashing any hope of a comeback en route to the win.
The lone bright spot for the Lions was Ariel Edwards, who tied a career high 24 points shooting 10-for-13 from the floor. The senior forward knocked down three of the Lions’ seven three-pointers, setting a new career high.
Maggie Lucas added 17 points, all in the second half, and added three triples of her own. Lucas closed within two three-pointers of Kelly Mazzante’s Big Ten and Penn State career record of 357, and she now sits alone at fourth place on the Lady Lions’ all-time list for scoring with 2,422 points.
Senior forward Talia East grabbed a season high 12 rebounds, matching her previous best and pushing her career total to over 400 boards.
Dating back to last season, Penn State was previously unbeaten in eight straight Big Ten road matchups before falling to the Cornhuskers in Lincoln last night.
The Lady Lions close out the regular season with Senior Day and Alumni Day against Michigan on Saturday, March 1 at 3:30 p.m. There will be a pregame ceremony to honor Maggie Lucas, Talia East, Ariel Edwards, and Dara Taylor as they prepare to play their final home game in Bryce Jordan Center.