Penn State Women's Basketball: Lady Lions Fend Off Minnesota to Remain Unbeaten in Big Ten
Rapid Recap: Penn State 64, Minnesota 59
How it Happened: The Penn State women's basketball team got its toughest conference test of the season in a 64-59 victory over Minnesota in the Bryce Jordan Center. It was a game of mini runs for both teams as the Lady Lions would jump out to a four-point lead multiple times only to see the Golden Gophers climb back and tie the score or take the lead. Neither team led by more than four points until the final five minutes of the game.
Throughout the game Penn State did not play as well as it had in other Big Ten games, and the post players struggled mightily, going 4-for-22 from the field with three of those buckets coming from Nikki Greene.
Turning Point: With about five minutes in regulation, junior guard Maggie Lucas had a key steal and led a fast break in which Alex Bentley hit a baseline jumper to give the Lady Lions their first five-point lead and seemed to give Penn State the energy to hang on for the win.
Player of the Game: Lucas led the Lady Lions with 26 points and did a nice job defensively with three steals, four assists and six rebounds in the game.
Stat of the Game: Despite allowing Minnesota to shoot 44.9 percent from the field, the Lady Lions still were able to hold on for the win while shooting just 35.3 percent. Some sports enthusiasts say it shows a team has good qualities when it can win a game when it does not play well, and that is what Penn State did.
What it Means: The Lady Lions remain atop the Big ten standings all alone at 6-0 in conference play and raised their overall record to 16-2.
On Deck: For Penn State, it is off to what can be considered its biggest rival in the Big Ten when it heads to Ohio State for a 1 p.m. tip Sunday.