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Lady Lions triumph at No. 16 Texas A&M

November 15, 2012
From Mirror, wire reports , The Altoona Mirror

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Penn State coach Coquese Washington was thrilled to pull out a road victory in a tough enviornment.

The ninth-ranked Lady Lions trailed by five points with about six minutes left before rallying to beat No. 16 Texas A&M, 63-58, on Wednesday night.

"This means a lot," Lady Lions coach Coquese Washington said. "When you can go on the road in a tough environment - and Texas A&M is one of the toughest places to play in the country - and not play your best basketball and still come away with a win, that's a positive for us."

Alex Bentley scored 14 of her 21 points in the second half, and Maggie Lucas added 18 points.

"We were able to get out in transition [late] and get some easy baskets," Washington said. "Even though we were down. I always felt like we were in striking distance."

Junior center Kelsey Bone led the Aggies with 16 points and 15 rebounds, but threw away two balls in the last minute in the five-point loss. Karla Gilbert added 10 points for A&M.

"Physically they out-toughed us the last five minutes of the game," Texas A&M coach Gary Blair said. "And we just made some costly turnovers."

Texas A&M led 56-51 with 6:24 left before the Lady Lions outscored the Aggies 12-2 the rest of the way. Texas A&M committed 23 turnovers after having only nine in the first half.

Bone had 10 points and eight rebounds over the first 20 minutes. Penn State had 14 turnovers at the break but finished with 19. The Aggies outrebounded the Lady Lions 49-42, but Penn State outscored A&M 16-6 on the fast break.

"That used to be us on the fast break," said Blair, who won a national title in 2011 with a much different.

Earlier Wednesday, Washington announced that she has signed seven players to the 2013 recruiting class, which is ranked No. 6 by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report and No. 7 Blue Star Basketball:

n G Lindsey Spann of Laurel, Md.

n G KeKe Sevillian of Goodrich, Mich.

n G-F Jenny DeGraaf of Springboro, Ohio

n G-F Kaliyah Mitchell of Stone Mountain, Ga.

n G-F Peyton Whitted of Suwanee, Ga.

n F Alex Harris of Lorain, Ohio

n C Infiniti Alston of Baltimore, Md.

PENN ST. (2-0): Bentley 7-15 5-6 21, Edwards 0-3 0-0 0, Nickson 2-10 2-6 6, Lucas 7-16 3-3 18, Greene 4-6 0-0 8, Agee 0-2 0-0 0, Taylor 4-8 0-0 8, East 0-2 0-0 0, Studevent 0-1 0-0 0, Waldner 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 25-65 10-15 63.

TEXAS A&M (0-2): Bone 7-11 2-4 16, Bellock 3-6 0-0 6, Standish 1-5 3-3 5, Scott 0-2 1-2 1, Walker 3-14 0-1 6, Williams 1-7 1-1 3, Little 2-7 0-0 6, Jones 1-3 0-0 3, Pratcher 1-4 0-0 2, Gilbert 3-5 4-8 10. Totals 22-64 11-19 58.

Halftime-Texas A&M 33-28. 3-Point Goals-Penn St. 3-10 (Bentley 2-3, Lucas 1-6, Taylor 0-1), Texas A&M 3-9 (Little 2-5, Jones 1-1, Standish 0-1, Pratcher 0-1, Scott 0-1). Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-Penn St. 42 (Nickson 11), Texas A&M 49 (Bone 15). Assists-Penn St. 10 (Bentley 4), Texas A&M 13 (Pratcher 4). Total Fouls-Penn St. 21, Texas A&M 17. A-4,756.

 
 

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