PARIS, FRANCE; August 15, 2012 - Junior guard Maggie Lucas (Narberth, Pa.) drained seven three-pointers en route to 36 points as the Penn State Lady Lions started their European Tour in style with a 96-55 win over French Third Division professional team Le Havre Tuesday evening.
Lucas, who was 7-for-15 from long range, also hauled in seven rebounds in the win. Senior guard Alex Bentley (Indianapolis, Ind.) posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists to go along with six steals, while Nikki Greene (Diboll, Texas) also chipped in a double-double with 14 points, 11 rebounds and a pair of blocks.
Junior guard/forward Ariel Edwards (Elmont, N.Y.) notched double figures with 16 points, including 11 first-half tallies. Edwards added seven rebounds and four assists. Sophomore post player Tori Waldner (Milton, Ga.) had a strong second half, scoring seven of her nine points after the break.
The Lady Lions and Le Havre exchanged scores early on, but a 16-4 run by Penn State gave the Lions an 18-9 lead with just under three minutes left in the first quarter. Penn State extended their lead to 28-16 by the end of the first quarter. Lucas knocked down four first quarter three-pointers en route to 14 points. Edwards added six tallies in the opening frame to help pace the offense.
Penn State continued to keep the pressure on by opening the second frame with a 14-6 run to make it a 42-22 lead. The Lady Lions saw contributions from several players, including Greene, who had 10 points in the second quarter, as they extended their lead to 57-30 at the break. Penn State was 23-for-41 from the field and held Le Havre to just an 8-for-27 mark from the floor.
In the third quarter, the Lady Lions pushed the lead to 30 points (72-42) thanks in part to three points from Waldner and six more tallies from Lucas. Penn State held strong in the final frame and closed out the game for the 96-55 win.
The Lady Lions are back in action in Europe against the Italian All-Star Team on August 18 in Lake Como and on August 21 in Rome.