Lady Lions Use Second Half Surge to Down Michigan State on the Road: 66-54
Heading into Sunday's game at Michigan State, the Penn State Lady Lion basketball team quickly found itself in a do-or-die situation.
A loss would put Penn State two games behind the Spartans in the Big Ten standings. Despite falling behind by nine early, the Lady Lions closed the gap only to see MSU go up by eight. Penn State trailed by seven at the half but the Lady Lions would not be denied.
Penn State opened the second half outscoring the Spartans 15-6 in the first five minutes. The Lady Lions took the lead for good on a Kaliyah Mitchell follow to make it 42-40. It was a lead they would never relinquish.
Penn State scored its last field goal with 7:34 on a layup by Talia East which made the score 53-44. From there it was a parade to the free thrown line. Penn State players scored their final 13 points from the charity stripe.
The final score was 66-54.
Leading the way for Penn State was Dara Taylor with 18 points, two assists and four steals. Taylor only committed one turnover while playing all 40 minutes of the game. Ariel Edwards and Maggie Lucas each added 16 points and Kaliyah Mitchell was again a force on the boards notching a career high 10 rebounds.
Penn State improves to 13-4 overall and 4-1 in the Big ten while the Spartans fall to 12-6 overall with a matching 4-1 record in conference play. The Lady Lions and Spartans are in a 3-way tie for 1st place in the Big Ten standings along with Michigan.
Penn State returns to action for a rare Wednesday night game at the Bryce Jordan Center against Indiana with a 7 p.m. tipoff.