Lady Lions Cruise to a 74-51 Victory Over Minnesota
The Penn State women’s basketball team won the Big Ten title outright on Sunday with a 74-51 victory over Minnesota. The game was also Pink Zone at Penn State, with 13,849 in attendance (the 4th-largest Lady Lion crowd ever) supporting the fight against breast cancer.
Penn State (23-5, 13-3 Big Ten) never gave Minnesota (14-16, 6-10 Big Ten) a chance. Maggie Lucas started the game hot, leading the Lady Lions to a 12-point lead after just 6:40. The Lady Lions continued to build on their lead, eventually taking a 39-17 advantage at the half.
The second half was more of the same for Penn State. The Lady Lions opened on a 7-0 run to take a 46-17 lead. With the game in hand, all three Penn State bench players were able to get quality minutes. Penn State led by as much as 33 points before Minnesota’s offense finally got going. The Golden Gophers made a run at the end of the game, but it was only enough to reduce the final deficit to 23 points.
Lucas finished with 24 points and eight assists to lead the Lady Lions. As Penn State’s only senior on senior day, Zhaque Gray scored 18 on 7-of-12 shooting, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range. In just 21 minutes of play, Nikki Greene chipped in 12 points and grabbed four rebounds.
With the victory, Penn State finished the regular season on a 7-game win streak. The Lady Lions also won 12 of their last 13 games after going 1-2 to start the Big Ten schedule. With a 13-3 Big Ten record, the Lady Lions earned the top seed in the Big Ten Tournament. They earned a bye to the second round where they will play a team yet to be determined on Friday.