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Lady Lions Win a Thriller at Purdue, 75-72

by on January 31, 2014 6:50 AM

The Penn State Lady Lion basketball team picks up a huge win at Purdue with a 75-72 thriller in Mackey Arena Thursday night.

The game saw the score tied six times and the lead changed hands seven times.

The Lady Lions fell behind early and were down by seven with 9:43 left in the first half. They closed the gap to one at the break, trailing 34-33.

Ariel Edwards, who scored 21 points in the win, gave the Lady Lions the lead for good with a jumper at the start of the second half.

There were several ties in the second stanza but Penn State never relinquished the lead. The Lady Lions led by as many as nine points late in the game. The Boilermakers made several runs but couldn't get it done.

The Lady Lions won even though they struggled at the foul line -- shooting just 38% from the charity stripe. Penn State players only made five of 16 FTs in the second half.

Assistant coach Fred Chmiel says Penn State's defense has been very solid over the past five or six games and that has made a big difference in how things are playing out.

Chmiel also says this team is tough to beat when it gets scoring from its stars. In addition to Edwards' 21 points, Maggie Lucas had 23 and Dara Taylor knocked down 13.

Lucas now moves into 9th place in the all-time scoring list for the Big Ten surpassing Purdue's Shareka Wright. She also moves into the No. 2 spot on the Penn State Lady Lion basketball career scoring list, passing Susan Robinson and now trails only Kelly Mazzante.

With the win Penn State improves to 16-4 overall and are now 7-1 in conference play. The Lady Lions remain at the top of the Big Ten standings. Up next for the Lady Lions is a trip to the windy city. They face Northwestern on Sunday at 2 p.m.



Jerry Fisher hosts "Centre County This Morning," appearing weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on 970 WBLF. He is now a regular columnist for StateCollege.com, as well.
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