In Game Blog: Women's Basketball vs. Lafayette

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Welcome to in-game coverage for the 2012-13 Penn State women's basketball season.  Each home game, GoPSUsports.com will provide insight from press row. Check back often for running updates as the action unfolds.

Penn State will host Lafayette (1-2) on Sunday inside the Bryce Jordan Center. The Lady Lions are coming off of a 63-58 victory at #13 Texas A&M on Tuesday, while Lafayette dropped a 73-34 contest at home to Villanova.

15:45, 1st Half - No. 9/9 Penn State 14, Lafayette 0

The Lady Lions raced out to a 14-0 lead over the opening four minutes, with Maggie Lucas and Mia Nickson leading the way. Lucas accounted for five points, while Nickson added four points. Penn State has three steals and forced four turnovers, so far in the contest. The Leopards are 0-for-6 from the field, while Penn State is 5-for-9.

11:40, 1st Half - No. 9/9 Penn State 20, Lafayette 4

Penn State is shooting 53 percent from the floor and Lucas has connected on the lone three pointer of the contest and now lead by 16 points at the second media time out. Ariel Edwards and Lucas are now tied with a team-high five points, while three different Lady Lions have two rebounds. Gizelle Studevent got her first points of the season on a layup and seven different PSU players have scored in the game.

6:26, 1st Half - No. 9/9 Penn State 32, Lafayette 6

A 12-2 run over the last five minutes has opened the game up for the Lady Lions and Lucan continues to have a solid start versus the Leopards. The junior has five points and five rebounds, while Nickson leads the Lions attack with seven points. Penn State has limited the Leopards to 15 percent shooting from the floor, while they continue to shoot well, at 48 percent.

3:56, 1st Half - No. 9/9 Penn State 36, Lafayette 8

Limited offense over the past two-plus minutes, but Penn State continues to lock down the Leopards on the defensive end. Lafayette has connected on 3-of-23 shots (13%) and Penn State is connecting on exactly half of their shots (15-of-30) and forced eight turnovers through the first 16 minutes of the contest.

End of the 1st Half - No. 9/9 Penn State 42, Lafayette 14

I am sure head coach Coqueses Washington will point out the ten first half turnovers when the media praises her team's first half effort, but that may have been the only undesirable stat for the Lady Lions in the opening 20 minutes. PSU forced 12 turnovers, scored 14 second chance points, added 24 points in the paint and nine of the ten players that were dressed cracked the scoring column. Nickson led the way with seven points and Nikki Greene and Alex Bentley added six points each.

15:58, 2nd Half - No. 9/9 Penn State 44, Lafayette 16

Both teams have looked a little sluggish to start the season half, with each squad collecting one basket. The Lady Lions' bucket came from Talia East, who collected her first two points of the afternoon, and every available PSU player has now scored in the game.

11:05, 2nd Half - No. 9/9 Penn State 49, Lafayette 23

Lafayette has scored nine of the first 16 points in the second half, but Penn State continues to hold a comfortable 26 points lead. The Lady Lions are just 3 of 18 to open the second half and have three more turnovers in the first nine minutes.

7:45, 2nd Half - No. 9/9 Penn State 57, Lafayette 23

The Lady Lions have used an 8-0 run over the last 3:20 to extend their lead to 34 points and continue to limit the Leopards offensively. PSU has forced 21 turnovers, limited Lafayette to just 18 percent shooting and are out-rebounding their visitors by a 50-30 margin. Nickson's nine points lead all players, while Bently has eight and two other Lady Lions have seven.

3:45, 2nd Half - No. 9/9 Penn State 66, Lafayette 26

Penn State continues to hold a sizeable lead against the Leopards, but free Chicken Nuggets are looking to be out of reach for the second straight game. The Lady Lions will shoot the double-bonus the remainder of the night, so the 75-point mark is still well in reach. Nickson and Lucas each have 12 points on the afternoon, while Lucas is one rebound shy of the double-double.


FINAL - No. 9/9 Penn State 75, Lafayette 34
The Nittany Lions outplayed the Leopards in both halves - limiting them to just 14 first half points - and held a 57-40 edge on the boards to extend their non-conference home winning streak to nine games with the 75-34 victory.

Lucas missed a double-double by just on rebound, tying with Nickson for high-scorer honors at 12 points, and added two assists and four steals. All ten Lions scored in the game, including Candice Agee's first career points, and nine of the Lady Lions contributed five or more points.

The Lady Lions will travel to Northridge, Calif. next weekend to participate in the Radisson Hotel Chatsworth Thanksgiving Tournament. Penn State will kick off their stay versus Detroit at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23 and play either host Cal State Northridge or South Alabama on Saturday, Nov. 24.

Fast Break Press Conference Recap
"I think we have to play a lot more disciplined than we played tonight. We have to be better on both ends. (Fiacco being in foul trouble) made it a lot easier for us on the inside. She is a big threat and was still a problem for us, but we were able to make the adjustment and defend her well."
- Candice Agee

"It's a comfort level. I am getting more comfortable every game, but I am all about getting better."
- Candice Agee on her steady improvement

"The focus for the guards today was to get a body on someone and get on the boards. My shot wasn't falling like I might have wanted today, but I have to find a way to make an impact in some way."
- Maggie Lucas

"It is a business trip...but it's also a great opportunity for us to get closer as a team, like we did in Europe."
- Mia Nickson on the team's upcoming trip to California

"I thought we had good play out of our bench. I thought Candice [Agee] and Tori [Waldner], in particular, came into the post and had a presence. They played well together, which was good to see. We are still trying to figure out some rotations, who plays well together and who can do what. So to see those two play well together with their size, it's certainly going to be a big benefit for us moving forward.."
- Head coach Coquese Washington


Pregame Reading:
- Penn State was a streak stopper last week when they defeated Texas A&M at Reed Arena in College Station. The Aggies had won 58 straight non-conference games on their home floor before the Blue and White claimed the five point victory. The Lady  Lions are looking to extend their own home winning streak today versus Lafayette, entering with an eight game non-conference winning streak.

- The Lady Lions are a perfect 20-0 against Patriot League teams, with the majority of those wins coming against the Leopards. Penn State is 19-0 versus Lafayette and claimed their other win against Bucknell in 2011-12.

- The Leopards are 1-2 on the season with a win over Loyola Chicago and losses to Big East foes Seton Hall and Villanova. Danielle Fiacco paces Lafayette, averaging 11.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game. Madeline Fahan is accounting for 8.3 points per outing for the Leopards.

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