Lady Lions Crush Minnesota 83-53
Any basketball coach will tell you that having balance on your team is a great commodity to have and with the Penn State Lady Lions' victory over Minnesota on Sunday, that is exactly what Lady Lion head coach Coquese Washington has.
Penn State controlled the game from the opening tip through the final buzzer and it was that balance that was the difference in the final score. Penn State won 83-53 with Maggie Lucas leading the way once again with 25 points.
The Big Ten's leading scorer, Minnesota's Rachel Banham, also scored 25 but had little help from her teammates in the Lady Lions rout. In fact only Banham and teammate Kayla Hirt scored in the first half for the Golden Gophers -- not a recipe for success.
All but one of the Lady Lions players scored points in the game. Dara Taylor recorded her second career double/double with 15 points and 10 assists.
What is most impressive for Taylor is she has turned the ball over just once in the past two games. Taylor, in the past, was having problems with turning the ball over, but that seems to have corrected itself.
Ariel Edwards also was in double figures with 16 as Penn State improved to 15-4 overall and maintains its lead in the Big Ten standings with a 6-1 conference mark.
Head coach Coquese Washington was very pleased, calling this one of the team's overall best performances from beginning to end. Assistant coach Maren Walseth said after the game that Taylor's play is instrumental in the team's success since she is the point guard and has the ball in her hands a majority of the time.
Next up for Penn State is Purdue on Thursday night in West Lafayette, IN. Penn State will be looking to avenge its only conference loss of the season. Tip off is set for 6:00 Thursday at Mackey Arena.