Late Layup Gives Penn State Win Over Indiana
The Penn State women’s basketball team needed a big comeback and late-game heroics to beat Indiana on Sunday, and that’s just what the ladies did. Nikki Greene scored with 40 seconds to go to give the Lady Lions their first lead of the game, and Penn State went on to win 80-77.
Indiana jumped out to a quick lead in the first half at 24-9. Penn State’s offense finally got into gear when Maggie Lucas started hitting threes. However, ten turnovers and hot shooting by Indiana kept the lead in double-digits. The Hoosiers shot 58.6 percent from the field and 54.5 percent from three. Down 29-13, Lucas hit three 3-pointers and Penn State went on a 13-4 run to cut the lead to 33-26. Indiana finished the half well, however, and hit a 3-pointer right before the buzzer to go into the break up 43-32.
The Lady Lions could not stop Indiana guard Jori Davis in the first half. Davis went 6-11 from the field for 15 points. Lucas led the way for Penn State in the half with nine points, while Nickson had eight to go along with three rebounds.
In the second half, Indiana seemingly had an answer for every Penn State basket. The Hoosiers led by as much as 13 in the half, and Penn State struggled to cut the lead to any less than eight. With about 5:52 left in the game, Penn State finally made their run. Down 72-62, Alex Bentley and Julia Trogele hit jumpers to cut the lead to six. Then, with four minutes left, Lucas hit one of her six 3-pointers to make it 72-69.
With under a minute left in the game, Trogele scored to cut the deficit to one at 77-76. Indiana turned the ball over on the next possession, and Nikki Greene scored a layup to take their first lead of the game with 40 seconds left. Zhaque Gray put in another layup to go up 80-77 and Indiana missed a last-second heave to give the Lady Lions the victory.
Lucas led the Lady Lions with 18 points, and Trogele had a double-double with 15 points and 11 assists to go along with seven rebounds. Davis was held to three baskets in the second half as Penn State stepped up their defense. Next up for Penn State is a meeting with Ohio State on Thursday at 7 p.m. The game against Ohio State is Penn State’s final road game of the regular season. In their first meeting, Penn State beat the Buckeyes 80-71.