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Lady Lions Cruise to Victory Over Michigan, Capture at Least a Share of Big Ten Title

by on March 02, 2014 7:46 AM

The Penn State women's basketball team has accomplished something that no other Lady Lion basketball squad has done -- win a conference championship in three consecutive years.

They did it Saturday afternoon with a 77-62 win over Michigan at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Never before, in the Big Ten or even the Atlantic Ten, has this feat been pulled off by the Lady Lions.

Four seniors , who have collectively won 99 games in their four years as Penn Staters, made it possible. Putting an exclamation point on their careers, all four seniors scored in double figures in their last regular season game.

Ariel Edwards scored 21, Maggie Lucas had 17, Talia East, a career high 16 and Dara Taylor chipped in with 11.

Penn State improved its record to 22-6 overall and 13-3 in conference play. The only question remaining is whether Penn State will share the title with one or two teams or if they can win it outright.

That depends on what Michigan State and Nebraska do Sunday afternoon. Those two games will also determine if Penn State is the No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the Big Ten post season tournament. The tournament will be held next weekend in Indianapolis.

On Sunday, Michigan State plays Indiana in East Lansing and Nebraska travels to Purdue. If both win, then the conference crown is shared by all three teams.

Nebraska would be the No. 1 seed by virtue of its wins over the Lady Lions and the Spartans. Penn State would be the No. 2 seed in this scenario.

If Nebraska loses, then Penn State will be the No. 1 seed having defeated the Spartans in their lone game this season. If both the Spartans and Cornhuskers lose, then Penn State is the sole Big Ten champion and of course the No. 1 seed.

Sound confusing? It can be but stay tuned for the Big Ten tournament breakdown once this weekend's games are concluded and your confusion will be short lived.

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Jerry Fisher hosts "Centre County This Morning," appearing weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on 970 WBLF. He is now a regular columnist for StateCollege.com, as well.
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