BERGANO, ITALY; August 18, 2012 - The Lady Lions cruised in their second European Tour game en route to a 123-34 win over the Italian All Star team in Bergano, Italy Saturday evening. Dara Taylor (Wilmington, Del.) registered a triple-double with 16 points, 10 assists and 12 steals, while Maggie Lucas (Narberth, Pa.) posted a 30-point performance, going 11-for-14 from the field, including a 4-for-4 effort from three-point range in the second half.
Senior center Nikki Greene (Diboll, Texas) chipped in 18 points. Junior post player Talia East (Philadelphia, Pa.) was solid as she contributed 16 points, seven rebounds and two assists, while Ariel Edwards (Elmont, N.Y.) also added 16 tallies.
The Lady Lions sprinted out to an 8-0 lead in the first 1:38 of the game thanks to a pair of buckets by Edwards and scores by Lucas and Greene. Penn State continued to keep the pressure up defensively and extended the lead to 22 points (20-8) with 4:14 remaining in the first quarter. The half came to a close with the Lady Lions leading 34-14. Penn State had solid defensive intensity, forcing 13 steals in the opening frame, including four thefts by Taylor.
Penn State started the second half on fire with an 18-2 run that featured six points by Lucas and four points each by Edwards and Mia Nickson (Ashburn, Va.). The Lady Lions continued to extend the lead and headed into the half with a 74-22 lead. Lucas paced the Lady Lion scoring effort with 16 points, while Taylor added 12 tallies, nine steals and six assists. Edwards and Greene also reached double figures in the first half with 14 and 12 markers, respectively. The Lady Lions cruised through the second half for the 123-34 win.
The Lady Lions closes out its European action against the Italian All-Star Team on August 21 in Rome.