Team Effort Leads Women’s Basketball to Victory
Five Penn State women’s basketball players scored in double-digits, and the Lady Lions dominated Ohio State on Sunday afternoon, winning 80-71.
The first half remained close until Alex Bentley and Maggie Lucas took over the game. Tied at 15, Lucas hit a 3-pointer that started a 16-5 Penn State run, which also finished with a Lucas 3-pointer. However, with Nikki Greene and Lucas in foul trouble, Ohio State ramped up their defense, and cut into the lead. A Ohio State 3-pointer brought the Buckeyes within four points, forcing a Lady Lion timeout. Bentley hit four free throws down the stretch for a 39-33 halftime lead.
The Lady Lions dominated the second half and led the entire way. Ohio State cut the lead to three early on at 43-40, but a jumper from Bentley and two 3-pointers from Lucas broke the game open. Lucas ended up 6-8 from beyond the arc for 18 points.
Up 78-66, the Lady Lions had an almost two-minute possession that exemplified the hard work and rebounding that they exhibited throughout the game. After getting a rebound off a missed free throw, Penn State ran down the clock and missed another shot. The Lady Lions grabbed three more rebounds before Ohio State could get the ball back.
Bentley led Penn State 21 points and seven assists. Julia Trogele had 14 points, and Greene contributed 12 points and 10 boards. Mia Nickson also had a solid game with 1o points and nine rebounds. Penn State shot 58 percent from three and out-rebounded Ohio State 38-33.
With the win, the Lady Lions improve to 18-5 overall and 7-2 in the Big Ten. Penn State also moves into sole possession of first place in the Big Ten. Next up for the Lady Lions is a trip to Michigan to take on the Wolverines on Thursday at 7 p.m.