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Lady Lions Earn Several Postseason Awards

Maggie Lucas

To further cap off an impressive regular season for the Penn State Lady Lions’ basketball team, the squad has garnered some individual accolades to accompany their first regular season Big Ten title since 2004.

Head Coach Coquese Washington was selected as the Big Ten Coach of the Year by both her coaching peers and the media. Additionally, junior guard Alex Bentley and sophomore guard Maggie Lucas were both named first team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media. Bentley was also named to the Big Ten All-Defensive team.

Bentley, who also made the first team last season, has been extremely efficient for the Lady Lions. She is shooting 44% while averaging 14.0 points per game (13th in Big Ten) and 4.8 assists per game (3rd in Big Ten). She also led the league with 49 steals.

Lucas has been a lights out shooter from behind the arc, making 42.3% of her three point attempts, and shooting 44.0% overall.  “Machine Gun” Maggie was 3rd in the Big Ten with a 19.3 points per game average. She also ranked 4th in free-throw percentage (87.8%).

The rest of the starting lineup were also recognized for their stellar seasons. Junior center Nikki Greene (10.0 points per game, 8.2 rebounds per game) made the media’s All-Big Ten third team and the coaches honorable mention team. Senior guard Zhaque Gray (10.4 points per game) and junior forward Mia Nickson (7.7 points per game, 7.6 rebounds per game) were Honorable Mention as well.

The Lady Lions boast a 23-5 overall record (13-3 in Big Ten) as they head to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Tournament. Penn State, the #1 seed, will face the winner of the #8 Minnesota vs. #9 Wisconsin matchup on Friday evening.

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Sam is a senior originally from Newtown, PA who majors in print journalism and is a member of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism. His athletic peak was age 11 so he decided to grow a beard and write about sports instead.

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