Penn State Women's Basketball: Cold-Shooting Lady Lions Defeat South Dakota State, 60-50
The Penn State Lady Lions survived a lackluster shooting performance from Maggie Lucas to defeat South Dakota State, 60-50 Sunday afternoon in the Bryce Jordan Center. Penn State could not find the range, nor could Lucas, who was a below-standard 2-for-12 from the field, including 1-for-6 from 3-point land.
"I did not think we played particularly smart defensively," Penn State coach Coquese Washington said. "I did not think we had enough effort blocking out. We were going after the ball but we have to have a better effort to block out and a lot of it is perimeter players running in so we have to do a better job with that. We just have to play smarter defensively. We kind of lost some of our fundamentals today."
Penn State shot just 39 percent from the field for the game and had problems handling the physicality of the Jackrabbits defense. Helping the cause for the Lady Lions was Nikki Greene, who led the Lady Lions with 17 points and six rebounds. Alex Bentley chipped in with 13 points, nine rebounds and five assists, and Lucas and Mia Nickson added nine points apiece in the win.
"That type of post player is always a tough match up for us," South Dakota State coach Aaron Johnston said of Greene. "That is the one thing that we will never, ever be able to have at South Dakota State. Someone who can move like that and is strong like that"
Washington used her entire bench in the game and saw some good things from sophomore Tori Waldner and freshman Candice Agee, who both gave good minutes during their time on the floor, especially at the defensive end.
This was the first of a three-game home stand for Penn State, as it returns to action next Sunday when it hosts New Jersey Institute of Technology at 1:30 p.m. in the Jordan Center before opening its Big ten season against Northwestern Jan. 3 at 7 p.m.