Maggie Lucas Nets 2,000th Career Point in Lady Lions Win Over Georgetown
As cold, wintry conditions swept across much of the northeast Sunday afternoon leaving behind a blanket of fresh snow, Maggie Lucas caught fire at McDonough Arena in Washington, D.C. The senior guard sunk five three-pointers, finishing with 30 points as the No. 10 Lady Lions knocked off Georgetown, 77-68.
With 16:17 left to play in the second half, Lucas nailed a jumper to give Penn State a 39-27 lead. The make gave Lucas the 1,999th and 2,000th point of her career, becoming the fifth Nittany Lion to join the 2,000 point club alongside former standouts Kelly Mazzante, Kahadeejah Herbert, Susan Robinson, and Tyra Grant.
“I couldn’t have chosen a better place to play,” Lucas told reporters after the game, reflecting on her newest achievement. “You just look back at all the great players I’ve had the opportunity to play with – that’s not something that comes on your own. It’s not an individual achievement. My teammates set me up and put me in a position to be successful.”
Sunday marked the second time Lucas has scored 30 or more points in a single game this season and the sixth of her career. Her three pointer to open up the scoring with 18:41 left to play in the first half extended her record of 43-straight games with a made three point attempt. The Narbeth, Pa. native also added five rebounds, four assists, and three steals to lead the Lady Lions to a perfect 3-0 record away from Bryce Jordan Center this season.
Senior guard Dara Taylor added 12 points for Penn State, while starting center Talia East and forward Ariel Edwards posted 10 points apiece. Junior Tori Waldner grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds, as the Lady Lions outrebounded the Hoyas 46-41.
After shooting a paltry 7-34 in the first half, including 3-14 from beyond the arc, Penn State shot an incredible 68% in the second half, nearly doubling their first half point total of 28 with 49 points after the break.
The Lady Lions will continue their road trip with a non-conference matchup against South Dakota State on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. Penn State will return home to the BJC to take on No. 23 Texas A&M on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m.