Lady Lions Score Solid Win Over Ohio State, 66-42
The Penn State Lady Lion basketball team got back on the winning track Thursday night with a solid win over rival Ohio State.
They defeated the Buckeyes at the Jordan Center 66-42. Penn State assistant coach Maren Walseth said after the game that the energy from the Lady Lions was more in tune to what the coaches are expecting after a lackluster performance that resulted in a loss to Purdue last Sunday.
Penn State showed that energy with a very stingy defense -- holding the Buckeyes to a season low in points in conference games. Ohio State shot a paltry 29% from the field.
Maggie Lucas led the team with 18 points. Senior guard Ariel Edwards had a double-double, scoring 13 points to go with 10 rebounds. Talia East had eight points and nine rebounds. Dara Taylor was strong on defense with a game-high six steals.
The key to Penn State's success is to be more consistent at both ends of the floor, and with a variety of players in and out of the lineup, that can be a challenge. Head coach Coquese Washington said after the game she was pleased with her team's consistency but the real key is to do it game after game.
One possible explanation for inconsistent play is the use of three freshman in prominent roles. Kaliyah Mitchell, Peyton Whitted and Alex Harris are still earning their stripes and learning the system. Washington has been relatively pleased with their efforts but is always looking for improved play.
The Lady Lions are now 12-4 overall and 3-1 in conference play and will head to Michigan State on Sunday for a 5:00 tip from the Breslin Center.