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Feb. 7, 2011
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. - Penn State Lady Lion (20-5, 9-2) guard Maggie Lucas (Narberth, Pa.) claimed her conference-record seventh Big Ten Freshman of the Week award after averaging 20.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in a pair of road wins to propel the Lady Lions into sole possession of first place last week.
Lucas averaged 20.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.0 steals per game in a pair of wins last week. In Thursday's win at Michigan, Lucas was 9-for-16 from the field, including 6-for-6 from inside the arc, en route to 23 points. She also pulled in four rebounds and notched a steal against the Wolverines. Lucas continued her strong play with 18 points, including four three-pointers, in the upset win at #20 Iowa Sunday. She also snatched three rebounds to go with an assist and a steal.
With her performance against the Wolverines, the freshman guard surpassed the 400-point mark for her career, becoming the sixth Penn State freshman to accomplish the feat. She currently ranks fourth on Penn State's freshman season scoring list with 418 points. Lucas has 11 games with 20 or more points this season, which are the most 20-point games by a PSU freshman since Kelly Mazzante had 10 in 2000-01. Lucas leads the team and is fifth in the Big Ten in scoring at a 16.7 per game rate. Lucas is also second in three-point field goal percentage (.460) and first in three-pointers made (3.5). Additionally, she is second in the Big Ten in free throw percentage with an 88.3% (53-60) mark from the charity stripe. Lucas currently is second on Penn State's single-season three-point field goal percentage chart (.460) and fourth in three-pointers made (87).
Penn State is back in the Bryce Jordan Center to meet Michigan State on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. PNC Bank customers can buy a ticket to the game for just $5. 2010-11 Lady Lion Basketball Single-game tickets are available by calling 814-863-1000 or 800-NITTANY. The PNC Flex Books are available again this year for $99. The Flex Book gives fans 12 vouchers, including one for the Coaches vs. Cancer game and one for the Pink Zone game, that can be redeemed for Nittany Lion and Lady Lion Basketball tickets in any combination.
The 2011 WBCA Pink Zone at Penn State will take place on Sunday, Feb. 27 at noon as the Lady Lions take on Northwestern in the Bryce Jordan Center. The game can be seen on the Big Ten Network. Last year, the Lady Lions donated more than $80,000 for breast cancer causes. This year's fundraising efforts will benefit the Mount Nittany Medical Center, Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute, Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital. For more information on the Pink Zone at Penn State, visit the official Pink Zone website at www.gopsusports.com/pinkzone. The WBCA Pink Zone at Penn State is also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pinkzoneatpennstate.
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