In Game Blog: Women's Basketball vs. Georgetown

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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 (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.

Starting Lineups
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, Georgetown 12
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, Georgetown 14
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, Georgetown 17
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 action.

End of 1st Half - No. 10/10 Penn State 53, Georgetown 25
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, Georgetown 37
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, Georgetown 42
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, Georgetown 53
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 64
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 64
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 now."
- Maggie Lucas on her career night


Pregame Reading:
- Penn State will look to extend their home, non-conference winning streak to 11 games when they play Georgetown for fifth time in school history. The Lady Lions are 3-1 all-time versus the Hoyas and claimed a 56-47 victory in the last meeting between the two teams - which was exactly six years again on this date in 2007.

- Junior guard/forward Ariel Edwards has supplied a spark off the bench for the Lady Lions since being replaced by Dara Taylor in the starting lineup. Edwards is averaging 14.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals in the last two games. She is also shooting 70.5% (12-of-17) in those contests.

- With 24 points against Fairleigh Dickinson Dec. 2, junior guard Maggie Lucas moved into 16th place on Penn State's career scoring chart (1,359), passing Lady Lion assistant coach Maren Walseth (1,328; 1998-01). She needs 69 points to tie Jen Bednarek (1,428; 1977-80) for 14th spot.

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