Penn State Lady Lions Scorched by Nebraska, 94-74
The Penn State Lady Lion basketball team ran into a buzz saw Monday night losing to Nebraska in Lincoln by a final score of 94-74.
The loss puts the Big Ten title up for grabs with just a few games left to play.
Nebraska was on fire from the get go. Tear'a Laudermill scorched the nets from 3-point land, making her first six shots from beyond the arc. She was the leading scorer with a game high 27 points. Just to give you an idea of how hot the Nebraska shooting was, at halftime, the Cornhuskers were shooting 68% from the floor and an even better 78% from three point land.
Penn State could not stop the Huskers and by early in the second half Nebraska had built an insurmountable 32 point lead. The Lady Lions did not give up and mounted a bit of a comeback. A 14-1 run cut Nebraska's lead to 17 but it was too much of a hole to dig out of for Penn State.
Fred Chmiel said after the game that bad transition defense in the first five minutes of the game got the Huskers going and they never let up.
Ariel Edwards led Penn State in the scoring column with 24 on 10-13 shooting. She made four of her five 3-point shots. Maggie Lucas was frustrated all game long but was able to score 17, all after the halftime break. Dara Taylor chipped in with 10 for the Lady Lions.
The loss means that Penn State (21-6, 12-3) Nebraska (21-5, 11-3) and Michigan State (19-8, 11-3) all have a shot at the Big Ten Championship.
Penn State will play it's regular season finale this Saturday in a 3:30 tipoff against Michigan on Senior Day. Seniors Maggie Lucas, Ariel Edwards,. Dara Taylor and Talia East as well as senior managers Jen Montoya and Stephanie Santos will be honored for their service to the Lady Lion program.