Lucas Powers Lady Lions to Win over Ohio State, 74-54
Penn State Lady Lion senior guard Maggie Lucas has seen her share of defenses including man-to-man, a variety of zones, a Box and 1 and even a diamond or triangle and 2.
That's something Lucas has endured since her freshman season when she arrived at University Park as one of the most heralded recruits Penn State has ever landed.
On Sunday Lucas saw some zone, a lot of man-to-man and for one possession a Box and 1. None of them worked. Lucas was once again impressive as she led the Lady Lions in a road win over Ohio State with 23 points. The game ended with a 74-54 Penn State victory.
Lucas becomes just the second player in Lady Lion history to eclipse the 2,300 point mark. Lucas was 9-for-14 on the day and finished with 23 points to pace the Lady Lions. With the effort, Lucas moved into fifth place in Big Ten history with 2,322 points, passing Ohio State's Jessica Davenport (7th place; 2,303), Northwestern's Anucha Browne (6th place; 2,307) and Wisconsin's Jolene Anderson (5th place; 2,312).
Ohio State tried to make a game of it and stayed close in the first half. When Lucas drilled a three pointer at the buzzer before intermission the Buckeyes only trailed by two. But that was the beginning of the end. Penn State's depth was a key factor with Ohio State only dressing eight players and using seven for much of the game. The Buckeyes wore down and Penn State ran them into submission after the break.
Joining Lucas in double figures were Dara Taylor and Talia East who each scored 12 in what was a milestone victory. It was the 875th win in program history and was also the first time Penn State won back-to-back games in Columbus since 2004.
Penn State is back on top of the Big Ten standings at 9-2, one game ahead of both Nebraska and Michigan State. Penn State is now 18-5 overall and will be back on the road for their next game Thursday night at Indiana.