Lady Lions Lose to Purdue at Home, 84-74
Sometimes a fast start can be a very positive thing for a basketball team.
Penn State Lady Lions jumped out to an early lead against Purdue Sunday afternoon. Thanks to some hot shooting and stingy defense, things were looking good for Coquese Washington's team.
But after some adjustments by the Purdue defense and some missed shots by the Lady Lions -- things changed.
Purdue started out in a Box and 1 defense to shut down the Big Ten's leading scorer Maggie Lucas. But after Dara Taylor hit some early shots and other Lady Lions began finding their range, the Boilermakers decided to mix things up.
Purdue threw in a matchup zone and some tough man-to-man defense to slow down the Lady Lions. Penn State's biggest lead of the game was 7 before Purdue came clawing back and took the lead for good with 8:34 to play in the first stanza on a Courtney Moses 3-pointer.
Purdue would never trail again.
In the second half The Boilermakers pushed their lead to 15 before Penn State began going inside to Talia East. East responded with 6 points in the paint which helped PSU cut the lead to two, 68-66 with 7:00 on the clock. But it was too little too late. Purdue held on to win by 10, 84-74, handing Penn State its first conference loss of the season.
Lucas led Penn State in the scoring column with 17. Dara Taylor added 13 and Ariel Edwards chipped in with 12 despite going just 4-18 from the field.
Penn State returns to the Jordan Center on Thursday night. Ohio State comes to town for a 7:00 tipoff with the Lady Lions looking to get back on the winning track.
Watch Coquese Washington's post-game comments below.