Senior guard/forward Ariel Edwards (Elmont, N.Y.) was 10-for-13 from the field en route to 24 points, which ties her career high set twice previously. It is her sixth career 20-point performance and fifth of the season. She also knocked down a career-high four three-pointers. Fellow senior Maggie Lucas (Narberth, Pa.) scored all 17 of her points in the second half. She connected on three three-pointers to close within two triples of Kelly Mazzante’s Big Ten and Penn State career three-pointers record.
Dara Taylor (Wilmington, Del.) added 10 points, four assists and three steals in the loss, while freshman Peyton Whitted (Suwanee, Ga.) added six points and two rebounds off of the bench. Senior Talia East (Philadelphia, Pa.) snagged 12 rebounds to go along with seven points.
The squads exchanged scores as it was 5-5 in the first minute of the game before the Huskers clicked off a 16-2 run to take a 21-7 lead five minutes into the game. Nebraska made eight of its first nine shots of the contest.
Taylor sparked a brief 9-3 Lady Lion run scoring six points, while Edwards added athree-pointer to make it a 24-16 Husker lead with less than 10 minutes to play. Nebraska responded with an 8-3 run of its own the push its lead back to 32-19 with 7:12 remaining.
Whitted scored four straight points to cut the gap to nine, but the Huskers went on a 20-7 run which included an 11-0 spurt to end the half and send the teams into the break with Nebraska leading 52-30.
Nebraska continued to click and extended the lead to 32 points (75-43) with 12 minutes to play. The Lady Lions fought back with a 14-1 run that featured a pair ofLucas three-pointers to close the gap to 76-57 with eight minutes left. Penn State would get as close as 18 down the stretch, but Huskers closed out the win
--Penn State Athletic Communications
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