PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

Bentley Leads Lady Lions to Tournament Win

Late in the game with Dayton making a furious comeback that brought them within two points three times, all in attendance at the Bryce Jordan Center knew who was going to take the big shot for Penn State–Alex Bentley.

“She’s gonna take the big shot,” Penn State coach Coquese Washington said. “She made some for us today.”

Bentley scored 25 points to lead the Penn State women’s basketball team past Dayton on Saturday. The 75-66 victory puts the Lady Lions into the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004. Mia Nickson contributed 14 points and 10 rebounds in a game that was not nearly as comfortable as the score would seem to indicate.

In fact, at the beginning of the game, it looked like Dayton would run away with the win. Patrice Lalor hit a jumper to give Dayton a 16-8 lead after just over five minutes of game time. However, Penn State immediately switched to a full-court pressure defense that rattled Dayton, allowing the Lady Lions to go on a 10-0 run to take the lead.

After a long stretch of sloppy play, Penn State finally got some rhythm going offensively and went into the break with a 42-30 advantage. Bentley had 14 points in the half, but it was Penn State’s bench that made the biggest impact.

“I thought our bench was fantastic and probably the difference in the game,” Washington said. “I thought they were a tremendous plus for us today.”

Penn State could not find an answer for Lalor or Kristin Daugherty in the second half. Both players scored 18 points and stepped up their play after Dayton’s leading scorer, Justine Raterman, went down with a knee injury in the first half. Lalor started a 7-0 Dayton run to close the gap to 58-56 with 6:20 left in the game.

Bentley made her first big shot immediately after to push the lead back out to four points. Dayton closed the gap to two points twice more, but it was Bentley who made the shot each time for the Lady Lions to hold  the Flyers at bay. Maggie Lucas, who was held to 12 points on just 2-6 shooting, made six free throws down the stretch to complete the win.

“She is like an NBA player,” Dayton coach Jim Jabir said. “We’ll have nightmares about Bentley for a long time.”

Bentley and the rest of the Lady Lions will hope to be nightmares for their next opponent, third-seed DePaul, in the second round on Monday at the BJC. DePaul won their first round game 56-43 over Navy.

About the Author

Michael Berton

I grew up in a Philly suburb, then moved to a different one. I am now at Penn State, where I can actually sate my giant appetite for sports. Other than writing, I also play the cello in the Penn State Philharmonic.

Comments

More by Michael

Lady Lions Bow Out of NCAA Tournament With Loss to UConn

In the end, the Conecticut women’s basketball team was just too talented. The Lady Lions fought until the final whistle, but it was not enough to even come close. The Huskies dominated for almost the entire 40 minutes in a 77-59 victory, knocking Penn State out of the NCAA Tournament.

Lady Lions NCAA Tournament Preview: UConn

Lady Lions Advance to Sweet 16 With 90-80 Win Over LSU

Athletics

Former Cal Swimmer Says She Emailed Sandy Barbour About Sexual Harassment Claims

Longtime Cal athletics employee Mohamed Muqtar was accused by seven former Golden Bears student-athletes of sexual violence and harassment dating back 20 years prior to his firing on May 11. An internal investigation from the school substantiated those claims.

Max Sauve Commits To Penn State Hockey

Penn State Women’s Volleyball Releases 2018 Schedule

Penn State Hoops Alumnus Joonas Suotamo’s Journey To Becoming Chewbacca Featured On ESPN’s ‘E:60’

Evaluating Tony Carr’s Performance At The 2018 NBA Draft Combine

Student Life

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting On A Service Trip

When Abby Wilt went on a service trip to Nassau, Bahamas, she had no idea she’d meet the love of her life.

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Career Services To Launch Integrated Career Management & Recruiting Platform

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

State Theatre Recognized As A State College Historic Site

As it approaches the 80th anniversary of its opening, the State Theatre has been recognized as a State College historic site.

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting On A Service Trip

When Abby Wilt went on a service trip to Nassau, Bahamas, she had no idea she’d meet the love of her life.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Tom Beeby will serve as the 2019 Class Gift Executive Director.

Send this to a friend