Lady Lions Dominate Wisconsin, 84-40
On the night of Head Coach Coquese Washington’s birthday, senior forward Nikkie Greene led the #8 Lady Lions to an 84-40 victory in the Bryce Jordan Center on Thursday night.
With her 5th career 20+ point game (and 2nd this season), Greene capped off the game with a buzzer beater and finished with a double-double, scoring 23 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.
All 9 Lady Lions on the roster recorded baskets, including 14 from senior Alex Bentley and 11 from junior Maggie Lucas. As a whole, Penn State nabbed 17 steals, but often had trouble converting on the quick transition.
Wisconsin struggled on the offensive end and didn’t get on the scoreboard until nearly 5 minutes into the first half. Throughout the game, the Badgers were held to 26.4% from the field.
Junior Dara Taylor ran the point position for a decent part of the game, recording 8 points and 6 assists. Senior Gizelle Studevent pushed for a buzzer-beating lay-up to end the first half to give the Lady Lions a 46-21 lead.
Penn State shot 43.8% from the field and went 4-10 from behind the arc. They beat a Big Ten opponent by more than 40 points for the first time since 2006.
The Lady Lions are now 4-0 in the Big Ten Conference and 14-2 on the season. They’ll take on #25 Michigan, who are ranked for the first time since 2002 after going on a 10-0 winning streak, Monday night in Ann Arbor.
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The ranking comes after the Nittany Lions defeated Michigan State 42-0 on Black Friday.
This is the first time the Lady Lions have received AP Poll votes since 2014.
The Onward State crew headed to the Motor City for some football, pizza, and a swing set overlooking Canada.