Lady Lions win at Purdue

From Mirror, wire reports

WEST LAFAYETTE, IND – Maggie Lucas had 23 points and Ariel Edwards added 21 as No. 12 Penn State avenged its lone Big Ten loss by beating No. 19 Purdue, 75-72, Thursday night.

Penn State led 70-63 with 3:07 to go, but a 9-4 run by the Boilermakers cut the deficit to 74-72.

Purdue sent Edwards to the free-throw line with 21 seconds left. She missed both which opened the door for Purdue to tie or win the game, but KK Houser missed a 3-pointer with 5 seconds left.

Kaliyah Mitchell grabbed the rebound for Penn State, made 1 of 2 from the line and Purdue never got another shot off.

Talia East had 12 points and 12 rebounds and Dara Taylor had 13 points and eight assists for the Lady Lions (16-4, 7-1 Big Ten).

Houser had 27 points for the Boilermakers (15-6, 5-4), and Whitney Bays added 12 points and 15 rebounds.

Penn State, ranked No. 13 in the country, improved to 16-4 overall and 7-1 in the Big Ten, while Purdue fell to 15-5 overall, 5-3 in the conference.

Lucas moved into second place on Penn State’s career scoring list and ninth place in Big Ten history (2,259 points).

She turned in a strong performance as she had five rebounds, six assists and a pair of steals. She was efficient, hitting on 9-of-15 shots from the field for her 23 tallies. Ariel Edwards also turned in a 20-point performance with 21 tallies with six rebounds, four assists and two steals.

East turned in her third double-double of Big Ten play with a career-high tying 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting and 12 rebounds. Taylor chipped in six rebounds, eight assists and three steals.

The free-throw line was the story of the game as the Lions hit on just 8-of-21 from the charity stripe, including 1-of-9 in the final five minutes, while the Boilers were 27-of-30 from the line. The game featured six ties and seven lead changes.

The Boilers jumped out to a quick 8-2 lead in just over the first four minutes.

However, the Lady Lions responded with a 10-3 run that featured two scores from Lucas and three layups for East, two of which came on passes from Lucas, totake a 12-11 lead at the 12:15 mark. Purdue responded with a run of its ownwith an 11-3 spurt that included two triples from K.K. Houser to extend theBoiler lead to 22-15, forcing Coquese Washington to call a timeout with 9:40 left.

Penn State bounced back out of the timeout starting with another score by East, followed by four straight points by Lucas on a pair of free throws and a jumper to close the gap to one (22-21).

Edwards gave Penn State the 23-22 lead and a third scorer for the game with a jumper at the 6:39 mark. Lucas closed out the 10-0 run with a high floater that bounced around and in to give PSU a 25-22 lead with 6:11 left.

Purdue retook the lead and made it a 28-25 game in its favor, thanks the six consecutive free throws with 3:32 left. Edwards knocked down a three-pointer and Taylor scored a fastbreak layup off of a pass from Lucas to give the Lions a 30-28 lead with 2:50 on the clock. After a pair of Purdue freebies, Alex Harris made on of two free throws to make it a 31-30 Penn State lead. The Boilers scored the game’s next four points before Edward closed the first half scoring with a jumper to make it a 34-33 Purdue lead at the break. Penn State held the Boilermakers to just one field goal in the final 9:42 of the opening frame, but Purdue was 10-for-10 from the free throw line in that span.

Edwards came out strong in the second half, scoring Penn State’s first four points to give the Lions a 37-34 lead just two minutes in. After an April Wilson score for the Boilers, Lucas hit her second three-pointer of the game to push the lead to 40-36 and move into second place on Penn State’s career scoring chart. The Boilermakers scored the next four points to even the game at 40-40 less thanfour minutes into the second frame.

Taylor hit a triple and on the next offensive possession made one of two free throws to give PSU a 44-40 lead less than 15 minutes remaining. However, the Boilermakers would score the next four points from the charity stripe to even the score at 44-44 less than a minute later.

East made another strong post move off of a pass from Lucas to reach double figures and then the Lions ratcheted up the defense as Taylor nabbed the steal for the layup and Edwards got a steal and found Lucas on the fastbreak for a layup and a 50-44 lead with 13:15 on the clock.

Purdue climbed back into the game with an 8-4 spurt to get within two points (54-52) with nine minutes to play. Lucas started another Penn State run with a three-pointer, followed by two free throws by Edwards and a bucket by Taylor to establish the Lions’ biggest lead of the game at 61-52 with 7:29 remaining. The Boilermakers would continue to fight and clicked off a 9-2 run to get within two points (63-61) with 5:33 left before Edwards made a layup and Taylor hit one of two free throws to push the lead back to five at 66-61 with five minutes left.

PENN STATE (16-4): East 6-10 0-4 12, Edwards 9-21 2-5 21, Waldner 0-4 0-0 0, Taylor 5-15 2-4 13, Lucas 9-15 2-2 23, Agee 1-3 0-0 2, Harris 0-0 1-2 1, Mitchell 1-3 1-4 3, Whitted 0-0 0-0 0, DeGraaf 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-71 8-21 75.

PURDUE (15-6): Clemons 2-8 0-0 4, Redmon 1-3 4-4 6, Moses 2-7 2-2 7, Houser 7-25 9-11 27, Wilson 4-10 6-6 14, Morrissette 0-0 0-0 0, Thornton 0-0 2-2 2, Perry 0-1 0-0 0, Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Bays 4-9 4-5 12. Totals 20-63 27-30 72.

Halftime-Purdue 34-33. 3-Point Goals-Penn St. 5-13 (Lucas 3-7, Edwards 1-1, Taylor 1-5), Purdue 5-21 (Houser 4-12, Moses 1-5, Perry 0-1, Wilson 0-3). Fouled Out-Clemons. Rebounds-Penn St. 45 (East 12), Purdue 45 (Bays 15). Assists-Penn St. 22 (Taylor 8), Purdue 15 (Wilson 5). Total Fouls-Penn St. 23, Purdue 22. A-7,785.