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April 1, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. - Lady Lion senior guard Maggie Lucas (Narberth, Pa.) claimed a spot on the Associated Press (AP) All-America third team. This is the third AP honor for Lucas, who was a second team choice last season and honorable mention selection as a sophomore. She is the third Lady Lion to earn three AP All-America honors, joining Kelly Mazzante, Angie Potthoff and Tanisha Wright.
Mazzante was a two-time first team choice and also claimed second team honors, while Potthoff was a third team selection as a junior and honorable mention choice as a sophomore and a senior. Wright was a three-time honorable mention selection. The Lady Lions have had nine players honored by the Associated Press on 18 occasions.
Lucas has just put the finishing touches on one of the most prolific careers in Lady Lion and Big Ten history. She is a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year, three-time first team All-Big Ten honoree, two-time Wade Trophy finalist and two-time USBWA All-American. Lucas is also a finalist for the Wooden Award and the Senior CLASS Award and is a semifinalist for the Naismith Trophy.
As a senior, Lucas finished second in the Big Ten in scoring with a 21.0 average, which is second in the conference. She has improved her scoring average each of her four seasons, while leading the team in that category in that time. Her 672 tallies this season rank fifth in program history and she is one of two players to wear a Lady Lion uniform to score 600 or more points in three seasons (Mazzante). Additionally, Lucas broke the Big Ten single-season free throw percentage record with a 94.9% mark from the charity stripe, which ranks second in NCAA Division I and is second in single-season school history. Lucas also ranked in the Top 10 in the conference in steals (7th; 1.9), three-point field goals per game (6th; 2.3) and minutes played (9th; 35.0). Lucas also broke the Penn State single-season free throws made record with 185. Lucas is the only player in NCAA women's basketball, WNBA and NBA history to average 20 or more points with a free throw percentage of 94.9% or better.
Among her career accomplishments, Lucas finishes her career second at Penn State and fourth in Big Ten in career scoring with 2,510 points. She owns the Big Ten and Penn State record with 365 career three-pointers, which also ranks 12th in NCAA history. Lucas is also one of the most prolific free throw shooters in conference and school history. She owns the free throw percentage mark for both the Big Ten and Penn State at a .907 career clip and broke the Lady Lion record for career free throws made (547). Lucas is the only player in school history and just the sixth player in the Big Ten to accumulate 2,000 points, 500 rebounds, 250 assists and 200 steals.
2014 Associated Press All-America Teams
Chiney Oguwmike, Stanford
Breanna Stewart, Connecticut
Odyssey Sims, Baylor
Kayla McBride, Notre Dame
Alyssa Thomas, Maryland
Stefani Dolson, Connecticut
Bria Hartley, Connecticut
Jordan Hooper, Nebraska
Jewel Loyd, Notre Dame
Shoni Schimmel, Louisville
Natalie Achonwa, Notre Dame
Trisha Liston, Duke
Maggie Lucas, Penn State
Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina
Elizabeth Williams, Duke
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