Lady Lions Score Big at Pink Zone Game, Beat Badgers 68-58
The Penn State Lady Lion basketball team overcame some major distractions and a leaky Wisconsin team, winning the eighth annual Pink Zone game, 68-58.
The game (and the event) drew a big crowd with 12,585 fans, at the Bryce Jordan Center, including a record 698 breast cancer survivors. According to Penn State that's the sixth-largest crowd to watch a women's game at the BJC.
Maggie Lucas, once again, was the leader for her team as she poured in 23 points. Lucas is the second leading scorer in the Big Ten, averaging over 21 points per game -- second only to Minnesota's Rachel Banham.
Wisconsin is a team that cannot be taken lightly. In recent weeks, the Badgers took both Nebraska and Michigan State to the wire before losing.
The distraction I mentioned a the top of this article is the commitment and energy the Lady Lions put into the Pink Zone program. It would be easy to be distracted and perhaps they were as Wisconsin jumped out to a 9-2 lead, only to have the Lady Lions get their feet under them and take control of the game -- despite some runs by the Badgers.
The breast cancer survivors were honored at halftime. The preliminary fundraising total for this year's Pink Zone is $196,364.50.
As part of the festivities, the players model and then have their uniforms auctioned off to raise money for breast cancer research. Every jersey that sold went for more than $1,000 and the total for the post-game auction totaled more than $13,000!
Sunday's win keeps the Lady Lions in first place in the conference standings with a 10-2 mark. Both the Cornhuskers and Spartans each have three losses.
Penn State now has the luxury of knowing the team controls its own fate as far as winning the big ten regular season title. If they win their remaining three games; against Northwestern on Thursday; at Nebraska on Monday; and then their season finale at home the following Saturday, the title is theirs.
The Lady Lions are now 20-5 overall, another 20 win season for the program and that 3rd consecutive Big ten title is within reach.