Lady Lions Extend Win Streak to Five Against Michigan
The Penn State women’s basketball team extended their win streak to five games after beating Michigan 77-56 on Thursday in Ann Arbor. Led by 23 points from Maggie Lucas, the Lady Lions never trailed en route to an easy road victory.
Lucas got her points on 10-13 shooting, which is better than average even for a shooter like her. Alex Bentley chipped in 18 points and eight assists while Nikki Greene contributed 13 points and 11 rebounds for Penn State (16-4, 6-2 Big Ten).
An efficient Penn State offense was aided by a stingy defensive performance. The Lady Lions held Michigan (16-5, 5-3 Big Ten) to just 34.4 percent shooting. Penn State also turned in a dominant performance on the glass, outrebounding the Wolverines, 43-28. The one-sided affair had Penn State up by as much as 31 points.
This was an impressive win for Penn State as their win streak extends to five games. This was also the first time the Wolverines lost at home this season. After starting the Big Ten season 1-2, the Lady Lions have put themselves back into contention for the regular season title thanks to some good performances recently. Even more impressive is that Penn State has won three of these five games on the road, a feat not easy to achieve in the tough Big Ten.
The Lady Lions remain in the state of Michigan for their next matchup, as Penn State will take on Michigan State on Sunday at 3 p.m. in East Lansing. The teams met once already this season, with the Spartans coming out on top, 75-65. However, since that game on January 7, the teams have been going in opposite directions in the standings. Michigan State has lost its last four games, including a home loss to a struggling Illinois side. The Spartans will not prove an easy contest, but look for a Lady Lions win on Sunday.