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Lady Lions Beat #23 Michigan, 59-49

Although plagued with foul trouble and a struggle from the perimeter, the #8 Lady Lions beat #23 Michigan 59-49 in Ann Arbor on Monday night.

The game began with a 5-0 run from Michigan after turnovers kept the Lady Lions from connecting on offense. This would be Michigan’s biggest lead of the game, though, as an and-1 play from Mia Nickson and a 3-pointer from Maggie Lucas led to a tie at 8 points.

Alex Bentley, who finished with 16 points despite going 0-for-7 from behind the arc, gained the lead for Penn State with a steal and a breakaway to push to 10-8.

Penn State converted multiple turnovers into buckets, gaining a lead of 32-24 at the half.

The second half brought about foul trouble for the Lady Lions, with three different players with four fouls early on. Sloppy play from Penn State gave Michigan a chance to catch up, and gain the lead at 35-34 with 14:45 left in the game.

Penn State went on a 12-0 run in 5 minutes and 30 seconds, starting with a jumper from Gizelle Studevent and ending with a breakaway from Bentley.

“We’ll take this ugly win and learn from it,” said head coach Coquese Washington. “One of the positives [from this game] is going on the road and being able to hold a team to under 50 points.”

Lucas, realizing that Penn State¬†finished 16 points under their average offense, said, “We just gotta get back to our brand of basketball.” Lucas recorded 19 points of her own.

The Lady Lions are now 5-0 in the Big Ten (15-2 overall) and remain the only unbeaten team in conference play. They take on Minnesota this Thursday in the Bryce Jordan Center.

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Maddy Pryor

I'm a 2013 Penn State alum with a B. A. in Public Relations as well as minors in History and Communications Arts and Sciences. I am proudly from Neptune, NJ and talk about it at any opportunity possible. I love college basketball and am a big fan of Penn State Basketball, as well as their official student section, Nittany Nation. I'm a big supporter of Relay For Life of Penn State as well as THON and Coaches vs. Cancer.

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