Women’s Basketball Beat Illinois 83-62
Maggie Lucas broke the record for most three-point shots made by a Penn State freshman, and the Penn State women’s basketball team cruised to an 83-62 victory over Illinois on Sunday afternoon.
Penn State started the game slowly but more than made up for it with great three-point shooting as the first half wore on. Facing a 9-2 deficit, the Lady Lions went on a 12-0 run that included a behind-the-back pass from Alex Bentley to Lucas, who hit the three-pointer. Illinois tied it at 16 before Penn State used a 10-0 run to break the game open. The Lady Lions went into the break-up 41-23 thanks to 14 points from Lucas and a great 46.7 shooting percentage.
The second half was more of the same for Penn State. The Lady Lions continued to hit shots and keep a strong lead. It was midway through the half when Lucas hit her record-breaking 66th three-point shot of the year. The record had belonged to former Penn State star Kelly Mazzante. Illinois made a small run near the end of the game, but Penn State easily held on for the 83-62 win.
Lucas led the Lady Lions with 22 points while Zhaque Gray and Bentley each contributed double-digit totals. Nikki Greene also had a strong game with four blocks to lead Penn State defensively. Penn State committed 16 turnovers but forced the same amount from Illinois.
With the win, Penn State improves to 15-4 overall and move into a tie for first place in the Big Ten with a 4-1 record. Next up for the Lady Lions is a trip to Indiana on Thursday to play Purdue. A win could give Penn State sole possession of first place and would be a vital victory for a team that sometimes struggles on the road.