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Lady Lions Rely on Strong Defense to Overpower Indiana, 65-52

by on January 23, 2014 10:05 AM

Coming off a great road win on Sunday at Michigan State, the Lady Lions might have been a little sure of themselves as they entered Wednesday night's Big ten matchup with Indiana, and who could blame them.

But despite some sloppy play on the offensive side of the court and a point guard playing just six minutes of the first half due to foul problems, the Lady Lions were able to dispose of the Hoosiers at the Bryce Jordan Center by a final score of 65-52.

Penn State's usually high-powered offense struggled for most of the game so it was the defense that made the difference, as the Lady Lions took a 31-24 into the break.

Indiana's leading scorer, Larryn Brooks, faced a tall challenge in matching up with 6'3" Ariel Edwards. You see, Brooks stands only 5'5". Edwards' long arms and quickness were too much for Brooks to handle. Brooks was held to just 4 of 15 shooting for 11 points.

Penn State players hit their first five shots of the second half and at one point pushed the lead to 21 before Indiana hit some long range three pointers which made the score much closer than it actually was.  

For the game, Penn State held Indiana to just 28% shooting from the field. The Hoosiers started five freshman.

Leading the way for Penn State was Ariel Edwards with 18 points and 8 rebounds to go along with her stingy defense. Maggie Lucas matched Edwards with another 18 points and 8 rebounds, and Talia East had another double double by scoring a career high 13 points. East also pulled down 11 rebounds.

Assistant coach Fred Chmiel, who may be the most defensive minded coach of the team was very pleased with the Lady Lions defense and praised the players for their hard work in the practice gym and efforts to get better every game.

Penn State remains tied atop the Big Ten standings with a 5-1 conference mark and they are now 14-4 overall. After starting the season at 12-0, the Hoosiers fall to 15-4 and 2-4 in Big Ten play.

Penn State is back in action on Sunday at the Bryce Jordan Center when the Lady Lions host Minnesota in the only meeting between the two schools. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m.

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