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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, will provide insight from press row. Check back often for running updates as the action unfolds.

Penn State (5-1) will host Fairleigh Dickinson (1-4) on Sunday inside the Bryce Jordan Center. The Lady Lions dropped their first contest of the season, 65-69, on Thursday, Nov. 29 at Miami (Fla.) as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, while the Knights are coming off of their first victory of the season, a 53-47 win over Manhattan on Sunday, Nov. 25


Starting Lineups

Lady Lions - G- Taylor, G- Bentley, G- Lucas F- East C- Greene

Knights - G- Isaacs, G- Pankey, G- Andrades F- Crawford, C- Livermore

15:45, 1st Half - No. 6/7 Penn State 5, Fairleigh Dickinson 3

Coquese Washington starts three guards for the first time this season with Taylor, Lucas and Bentley on the floor together to start the game against the Knights. Sloppy start for the Lady Lions as they started shooting one of four from the field on three missed open shots. Defensive pressure from Penn State has forced the Knights to play deep into the shot clock and rush their shooting opportunities. All five of Penn State's points have come off of steals and into transition including a Maggie Lucas corner three-pointer before the first media timeout.


11:22, 1st Half - No. 6/7 Penn State 10, Fairleigh Dickinson 10

Both teams have turned the ball over at a high rate in the early going with four turnovers apiece. The Penn State bigs have stopped Fairleigh Dickinson from getting any opportunities inside the paint. The Lady Lions were shooting a mere 3-for-9 from the field before Maggie Lucas tied the score at 10 with another corner three at the 12:50 mark. Nikki Greene stuffed a Knight player on the last FDU possession and drew a foul out of transition and will head to the line after the media timeout.


7:59, 1st Half - No. 6/7 Penn State 22, Fairleigh Dickinson 11

Maggie Lucas has lead Penn State on a 12-1 run including her third three pointer of the game which put her to 16th place on the career scoring list (1,329) as she passes assistant coach Maren Walseth. Lucas has 12 points in the early going and is shooting 4-for-5 from three point range. Gizelle Studevent and Candice Agee are on the floor for Penn State now as Washington has gone nine deep to this point in the game.


3:53, 1st Half - No. 6/7 Penn State 38, Fairleigh Dickinson 17

Penn State still over powering the Knights on the defensive end as FDU is shooting 23.8 percent from the field. FDU has scored only five points since the 11:22 mark. Dara Taylor hit a three to add to her point total on the day, which currently stands at 11 after she converted another steal into a transition bucket for Penn State. On the very next FDU possession Penn State forced another Knight turnover, which turned into two more fast break points for Penn State. The Lady Lions have forced 10 FDU turnovers in the first 16 minutes of play. Nikki Greene hits two free throws before the last media timeout of the first half extending Penn State's 28-7 run since the second media timeout.


End of 1st Half - No. 6/7 Penn State 50, Fairleigh Dickinson 21

East and Agee swatted back-to-back Knight shots inducing a frustration technical foul by FDU's Tiffany Grant with 1:38 to go. Bentley hit both technical foul shots and then East connected on both of the personal foul shots to extend the lead to 26. Penn State tallied five blocks in the first half including three from East and one from Greene and Agee. East hit a turn around floater with three seconds remaining to send the Lady Lions into the half with a 29-point lead. FDU hasn't found a way to break the defensive pressure of Penn State and get shots off earlier in the shot clock. Penn State's ability to force turnovers is the biggest reason why they have the lead they do at the half. Offensively, Lucas and Taylor have combined for 29 of the team's 50 points. Taylor has thrived while running the point for a majority of the first half, but it has limited the shooting opportunities for Bentley who has only four shots on the day.


15:27, 2nd Half - No. 6/7 Penn State 59, Fairleigh Dickinson 23

Penn State starts with the same group on the floor that they opened the game with (Taylor, Lucas, Bentley, East, Greene) and continue the defensive dominance as Greene opens the half with another block. Lucas continues to rain down three's as she hits her fifth three of the game in the early going of the second half. Washington opens the second half in a zone look defensively which FDU cannot break and they continually have to force bad shots late in the shot clock. East has four points on two touches inside the paint in the first four and a half minutes of the half showcasing her turn around floater from the right block. Penn State on a 9-2 run to start the half.

11:09, 2nd Half - No. 6/7 Penn State 76, Fairleigh Dickinson 30

The Lady Lions are shooting the lights out of the BJC by connecting on half of the shots they take from the field and from three-point rage. An Ariel Edwards free throw on an and-one opportunity earns free McNuggets for the BJC crowd, which erupted as her free throw hit the net. Penn State comes right back down the floor to Agee who completes another three point play to stretch the Lady Lion lead. Edwards picks the pocket of an FDU player for yet another fast break point on the team's 16th forced turnover.


7:17, 2nd Half - No. 6/7 Penn State 84, Fairleigh Dickinson 35

The Lady Lions have held FDU to only 14 points in the half and have scored 34 of their own with just under eight minutes to play. Washington is still playing her starters as Bentley, Greene and Lucas are still on the floor. Bentley adds another transition bucket for the Lady Lions on their ninth steal of the game before the media timeout.


2:36, 2nd Half - No. 6/7 Penn State 94, Fairleigh Dickinson 41

After a back-to-back Edwards buckets, that puts five Lady Lions into double figures, led by Lucas with 24. Penn State currently holds 53-point lead and if they can hold onto the lead it will be the first time they beat an opponent by 50 plus since Wagner on Dec. 18 2011.


FINAL - No. 6/7 Penn State 101, Fairleigh Dickinson 44

Defense turned into offense for the Lady Lions against the Knights as FDU shot 30 percent from the field and committed 21 turnovers. Taylor sunk a floater with 30 seconds remaining to complete the 101-point effort from Penn State as they total 100 plus points for the first time since Dec. 18 2011. Lucas, Edwards and Taylor lead the Lady Lions offensively as all three players had 15 or more points on the night.


The Lady Lions tallied 8 blocked shots including three from East who started her first game of the season. Lucas shot a team high six threes while only missing three shots from long range. Penn State will now head to Stoors to face No. 2 Connecticut on Thursday at 7 p.m.



Pregame Reading:
- Penn State will look to extend their home, non-conference winning streak to 10 games when they play Fairleigh Dickinson for just the second time in school history. The Lady Lions claimed a 106-66 victory on Dec. 5, 1980 at the Pitt Invitational and own a 10-1 record versus the current alignment of the Northeast Conference.

- Nikki Greene is closing in on becoming the first player in school history to block more than 190 shots and grab at least 800 rebounds in a career at Penn State. The senior has swatted 187 shots, which is No. 4 on the PSU career list, and her 774 rebounds are No. 9 in Lady Lion history. Mary Donovan is the only PSU player to swat 190 shots and grab 700-plus rebounds, ending her career with 192 blocks and 773 boards. Kim Calhoun is the all-time leader in blocks at PSU with 268, but she didn't post the rebounding numbers that Greene has.

- Junior Maggie Lucas has posted 20-plus points in four of the six games this season for the Blue and White and continues to climb the career scoring and three-point shoot charts. Lucas is just 19 three-point field goals shy of the No. 2 spot on the PSU charts, currently held by Lisa Sheppard (230), and has attempted almost 100 fewer three point shots. The sharpshooter ranks No. 17 on the scoring charts with 1,320 points and is 300 points away from cracking the schools top-ten list.

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