Penn State Women's Basketball: Lady Lions Knock Off Texas A&M for Signature Nonconference Victory
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The No. 9 Penn State Lady Lions survived first-half foul problems as well as some cool shooting to knock off No. 16 Texas A&M, 63-58 on Wednesday night in College Station.
The Lady Lions earned their first road victory over a ranked nonconference opponent since defeating No. 19 Texas on Dec. 21, 2001. It was Texas A&M's first nonconference home loss since 2003.
Senior guard Alex Bentley played just three minutes in the first half after getting three early fouls but came back in the second half to lead the Lady Lions with 21 points, four assists and four steals. Dara Taylor came off the bench for Penn State and led the defensive effort by coming up with a steal and layup in the final minutes to give the Lady Lions the lead for good.
Junior guard Maggie Lucas was held in check for most of the first half but came alive after the break to score 18 points and pull down four rebounds.
The first-half foul problems didn't end with Bentley, as Nikki Greene also played sparingly in the first half but came up big in the second half with eight points and played great defense on Aggie star Kelsey Bone, holding her to just six second-half points.
The Lady Lions had to use their entire bench in the first half, especially with the foul problems, and relied on everyone to come up with the victory. For Penn State, it will head home to face Lafayette at 2 p.m. Sunday before heading to California for a holiday tournament next weekend. The Lady Lions are now 2-0 on the young season heading into this weekend's action.
Lady Lions Ink Seven
Penn State signed the largest recruiting class in Lady Lion history on Wednesday, one that includes six players that are in the Collegiate Girls Basketball Report Top 100, according to Penn State.
Guards Lindsey Spann (Laurel, Md./Good Counsel) and KeKe Sevillian (Goodrich, Mich./Goodrich), swing players Jenny DeGraaf (Springboro, Ohio/Springboro), Kaliyah Mitchell (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson), Peyton Whitted (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett), forward Alex Harris (Lorain, Ohio/Lorain Southview) and center Infiniti Alston (Baltimore, Md./Digital Harbor) will join the team next season.
The class is ranked No. 6 by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report and No. 7 Blue Star Basketball, according to Penn State.