Offensively the Lady Lions were led by senior guard Maggie Lucas (Narberth, Pa.), who scored 18 points to go along with five assists, five rebounds and threesteals. Senior guard/forward Ariel Edwards (Elmont, N.Y.) made a major impact on the game, finishing with her second double-double in the last three games and third of her Lady Lion career. Edwards accounted for 13 points and led the team on the glass with 10 rebounds.
Talia East (Philadelphia, Pa.) nearly posted her second career double-double with eight points and nine rebounds, while Dara Taylor (Wilmington, Del.) paced the defensive effort with a game-high six steals. Freshman Kaliyah Mitchell (Stone Mountain, Ga.) was solid off of the bench with seven points, three rebounds, two assist and two steals.
In total, 10 of the 11 Penn State players put their name in the scoring column on the evening, marking the sixth time this season that has happened. The team is 6-0 in games in which 10 different players have scored.
Penn State and Ohio State traded baskets in the opening six minutes, as each team scored 10 points to keep the game tied. Over the next eight minutes of action, theLady Lions dominated play and took over, reeling off an 11-0 run to take a commanding 21-10 lead with 6:24 left in the first frame. Lucas started the spurt by knocking down a three from the corner. Taylor then took over with her transition offense scoring six of the team’s next eight points on the break at the rim with layups. Lucas also added a layup in thestretch to increase the lead to double figures.
Ohio State’s Ashley Adams ended the Lady Lion run with a make at the rim, ending a scoring drought of more than eight minutes without a point to get the Buckeyes back within single digits at the 5:27 mark. Ohio State then scored eight of the next 12 points in the contest to cut the deficit to five with just over twominutes left in the half. Lucas scored all four of Penn State’s points during the stretch.
The Lady Lions then finished the half on a strong note, tallying four of the last six points to take an eight-point lead at 29-21 into the halftime intermission.Lucas knocked down two free throws and Edwards hit a jumper with 16 secondsleft for the four points.
Penn State came opened the final 20 minutes with the intensity and focus necessary to once again grab control of the game. The Lady Lions scored the first nine points of the second stanza in the first five minutes to open up its largest lead of the evening at 38-21. Lucas led the way with three points off a layup and a made free throw. Edwards, East and Alex Harris (Lorain, Ohio) each added two points to cap the great start.
The two sides played even over the next 10 minutes of play with each squad totaling 13 points apiece to move the score to 51-34 with 5:33 left on the clock. Mitchell led the Lady Lions during the 10-minute stretch with seven points off five freethrows and a layup.
Penn State finished the game off by outscoring Ohio State 15-8 over the final five minutes of play en route to a comfortable 22-point victory with a final score of 66-42.
--Penn State Athletic Communications
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