Lady Lions Beat Wisconsin A Second Time
The Penn State women’s basketball team won its third game in a row against Wisconsin on Thursday night, 69-54. Maggie Lucas led the Lady Lions in the victory with 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting.
This was the second meeting of the season for the two teams, with Penn State (19-5, 9-3 Big Ten) claiming the first game in a rout. The Lady Lions had little trouble the second time around, featuring four players that scored in double figures. Along with Lucas, Alex Bentley and Ariel Edwards each had 14 points, and Mia Nickson had 11.
The Lady Lions dominated in nearly every facet of the game and shot out to an early lead. At the half, Penn State led by 15. The Lady Lions cruised through the second half to win their eighth game in their last nine attempts. Penn State held Wisconsin (8-16, 4-8 Big Ten) to just 37.3 percent shooting, and the Badgers went just 1-12 from 3-point range. The Lady Lions also had more rebounds, more steals and less turnovers.
Penn State seems to be hitting its stride as it nears the end of the regular season. This long run of good results has vaulted the Lady Lions to second in the Big Ten, just half a game behind Purdue. Penn State has a chance to pass Purdue when the teams meet on February 16.
Next up for Penn State is a trip to Evanston, Illinois on Sunday, to take on Northwestern. After that, the Lady Lions play at Purdue before finishing the season at home against Ohio State and Minnesota. The Wildcats are another team struggling near the bottom of the conference, so Penn State should grab another win that will set up a clash with Purdue for the lead in the Big Ten title hunt.