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 (6-2) will host Georgetown (7-2) on Sunday inside the Bryce Jordan
Center. The Lady Lions dropped have lost two of their last three games, but are
riding an 11-game home court winning streak in non-conference action. The Lady
Lions dropped a 67-52 decision at No. 2/2 UConn on Thursday, while Georgetown
has won three straight games, including a 61-48 victory at Monmouth on Tuesday.
Today's Game in 140 Characters: #PennState
looks to rebound vs. 2nd str8 Big East foe #Gtown...must sustain intensity, play
fast & limit turnovers...use home court advantage.
Lady Lions - G- Lucas, G- Bentley,
G- Taylor, F- Nickson, C- Greene
Hoyas - G- Rodgers, G- Powell, F- White, C- Wilson, C- Moore
14:09, 1st Half - No. 10/10 Penn State 17, Georgetown 9
Dara Taylor wreaks havoc on the defensive end of the floor and the Lady
Lions forced three straight Hoyas turnovers and raced out to an early lead.
Entering the first media timeout, Penn State has forced four turnovers and is
shooting 60 percent from the field. Maggie Lucas continues her torrid early-season
scoring pace, pouring in ten of the team's 17 points early on in front of a
rowdy contingent from the Girl Scouts of the USA.
11:19, 1st Half - No. 10/10 Penn State 26,
If Lucas was a player on NBA JAM, she would be on fire right now, as the
junior has connected on six-of-ten shots from the field - including four-of-seven
from three-point range - and is outscoring Georgetown on her own. Her 17 points
through the first nine minutes are just four points off of her season average
of nearly 21 ppg.
7:41, 1st Half - No. 10/10 Penn State 34,
Penn State has been having their way on both ends of the floor, so far, vs.
the Hoyas and are out to a 20 point lead at the third media timeout. The Lady
Lions had held Georgetown scoreless for over four minutes before Jasmine
Jackson hit a layup with 8:33 to go in the half. Lucas still sits at 20 points as
PSU head coach Coquese Washington is the only one that can stop the
sharpshooter, giving her a little rest midway through the half.
3:50, 1st Half - No. 10/10 Penn State 48,
It's been Maggie's Magical Ride in the first half as the junior enters the
finals break of the first half with 26 points - closing in on her career-best
33 point effort vs. Michigan State last season - and she has already set a
career-high with five steals. The Lady Lions are connecting at 61 percent from the
field and have outscored the Hoyas 14-3 over the last four minutes of game
End of 1st Half - No. 10/10 Penn State 53,
The Girls Scouts are celebrating their 100th year of building courage,
confidence, and character in young ladies, and the Lady Lions are looking to celebrate
that with their second straight 100-point home game. Washington won't have much
to complain about entering the locker room at the break, as her team is
shooting 54 percent from the field, 50 percent from beyond the arch and 80
percent from the free throw stripe. The only negative statistic would be their
eight turnovers, but those are offset by nine steals and ten assists.
15:52, 2nd Half - No. 10/10 Penn State 65,
The smell of McNuggets is starting to fill up the minds of all of those in attendance
at the BJC, as Penn State is closing in on the magical 70-point mark. Lucas
continues to fill up the stat sheet in the second half, moving her game totals
to 35 points, five rebounds, one assist and six steals. She is closing in on
the Bryce Jordan Center scoring record for a Lady Lion, which is 38 points by
Kelly Mazzante. Mazzante did it twice in her career.
11:57, 2nd Half - No. 10/10 Penn State 75,
Lucas hasn't scored since my last update, but the Lady Lions have cracked the
70-point barrier. Penn State has cooled off from the field, shooting just 48
percent for the game now and now has 14 turnovers in the game. Nikki Greene has
a game-high 12 rebounds to this point, including three offensive boards.
7:59, 2nd Half - No. 10/10 Penn State 82,
The Lady Lions will be shooting two free throws on every Georgetown foul
from here on out and are closing in on their second 100-point effort of the
season. The Hoyas are also in the double bonus, so the last eight minutes of
this game could take a while, but the good thing is that Lucas has closed
within one or the BJC scoring record since we last chatted and is just three
points shy of the third 40-point effort in school history.
3:15, 2nd Half - No. 10/10 Penn State 88, Georgetown
No player - men's or
women's - has ever scored more points in
the Bryce Jordan Center than Lucas has. With a free throw at the 5:57 mark,
Lucas pushed her total to 39 points, breaking Kelly Mazaante's record of 38
points. Penn State continues to enjoy the comfortable lead, but fouls have been
the highlight of this half, with both teams clearing the 10-foul mark with six
minutes remaining in the game.
FINAL - No. 10/10 Penn State 88, Georgetown
Maggie Lucas had one of the best games in Lady Lion history vs. the Hoyas
on Sunday afternoon, stuffing the stat sheet with 39 points, five rebounds, two
assists and six steals. The junior shot 52 percent from the field, including seven
three pointers, and connected on 10-of-11 from the charity stripe.
Alex Bentley had a quite 23 points, if that can happen, going eight-of-14 from the
floor and hitting all seven of her free throws. Dara Taylor led the team with
five assists, Nikki Greene paced all players with 13 rebounds and Ariel Edwards
added 11 points off the bench.
As a team, Penn State connected on 48 percent of their shots from the floor, 57
percent from three point range and 83 percent from the stripe. The two teams combined
to shoot 66 free throws in the game, while the Lady Lions
Fast Break Press Conference Recap
"We wanted to make sure we moved the ball around (their zone). I think we did a
good job finding Maggie and she made a lot of them. We did a good job of moving
the ball and finding the opened player."
- Head Coach Coquese Washington
"The first half was the team and the way I have been looking for us to play. That
intensity and focus on defense and allows us to use our speed and get good
looks in transition."
- Head Coach Coquese Washington
"I think we can get better. If we can play a whole game with the intensity that
we played with in the first half, we are going to be a tough team down the
stretch. We are still a work in progress and we want to be playing our best basketball
when we need it most."
- Head Coach Coquese Washington
"We knew that the corners were going to be opened, but it was shocking to get
that (many shots off). It was a great feeling."
- Maggie Lucas
"We knew we were going to bounce back...but we all got after it in practice this
week and followed coaches game plan and it worked for us."
- Alex Bentley on being able to play well after the loss earlier in the week
"In general basketball is a game of adjustment. If I feel like a change needs
to be made I make it and it has worked for me."
- Ariel Edwards on her second half adjustments
"It's all about the team right now. We just need to keep getting better right
- Maggie Lucas on her career night