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Washington makes history for Lady Lions

December 13, 2012
The Altoona Mirror

BLACKSBURG, VA. -Penn State head coach Coquese Washington collected her 100th career coaching win as the No. 11 Lady Lions earned a 60-41 win at Virginia Tech Wednesday night.

Penn?State improved to 8-2 while Tech fell to 4-4.

Washington is just the second women's basketball coach in school history to surpass the 100-victory mark.

Junior guard Maggie Lucas was 7-for-9 from the field en route to a team-best 17 points to go along with four rebounds and two assists.

Fellow junior guard Dara Taylor tied her best scoring performance as a Penn Stater with 15 points, including a career-high three makes from beyond the arc.

She also had three rebounds and a steal. Senior forward Mia Nickson notched her second double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Alex Bentley also reached double figures with 10 tallies to compliment four assists and five steals.

The Hokies took the early 4-0 lead in the first three minutes as the Lions struggled to find an offensive rhythm.

However, Lucas got Penn State on the board with a floater with 16:56 left in the first to start a 7-0 run that included a 3-pointer from Taylor and rebound and putback from Nikki Greene to make it 7-4 with 15:14 left in the opening frame. Following a Virginia Tech bucket, Ariel Edwards connected on a jumper, Nickson made one of two free throws and Lucas drained a jumper to give the Lady Lions the 12-6 lead with less than 11 minutes left in the half.

Virginia Tech would score six of the game's next eight points to close within two (14-12) before Gizelle Studevent (La Jolla, Calif.) and Lucas connected on back-to-back shots to extend the lead back to six (16-12) with 6:40 on the clock.

The Hokies made their lone 3-pointer of the first half to cut the lead in half before Bentley and Lucas teamed up to score the next four points of the game and make it a 22-15 contest with 4:10 left. The lead remained seven for the remainder of the half with the teams exchanging score and the Lions took a 28-21 lead into the break.

The teams exchanged scores to open the second, but Bentley and Lucas scored the next four points to push the Penn State lead to its largest of the game to that point at 34-23 with 16:43 remaining.

Tech's Alex Kiss-Rusk hit a three-pointer, but the Lady Lions responded with a 12-2 run that featured five points from Taylor, a three from Lucas and a bucket each from Nickson and Bentley to extend the lead to 46-28 with 10:36 left.

The Lady Lions host South Dakota State Sunday at 2 p.m.

PENN STATE (8-2): Nickson 2-5 6-9 10, Greene 1-6 0-0 2, Taylor 6-10 0-0 15, Bentley 4-13 2-2 10, Lucas 7-9 2-2 17, Agee 0-1 0-0 0, East 0-1 0-0 0, Edwards 2-9 0-0 4, Studevent 1-5 0-0 2, Waldner 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-60 10-13 60.

VIRGINIA TECH (4-4): Kiss-Rusk 3-14 0-0 8, Hadley 1-5 0-0 2, L. Evans 2-3 0-0 4, Fenyn 1-5 0-0 2, Tellier 5-14 8-9 18, Wilson 0-3 2-2 2, N. Evans 0-4 0-0 0, Hall 0-0 0-0 0, Lloyd 2-6 0-1 5. Totals 14-54 10-12 41.

Halftime-Penn St. 28-21. 3-Point Goals-Penn St. 4-12 (Taylor 3-6, Lucas 1-2, Bentley 0-4), Virginia Tech 3-12 (Kiss-Rusk 2-4, Lloyd 1-3, Hadley 0-1, L. Evans 0-1, Fenyn 0-1, Wilson 0-1, Tellier 0-1). Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-Penn St. 49 (Nickson 10), Virginia Tech 30 (Fenyn 6). Assists-Penn St. 8 (Bentley 4), Virginia Tech 7 (Wilson 3). Total Fouls-Penn St. 13, Virginia Tech 13. A-3,587.

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