Lucas helps Penn St women upset No. 15 Nebraska
Sunday, January 15, 2012
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Maggie Lucas scored 24 points to lead five Nittany Lions in double figures as Penn State overwhelmed No. 15 Nebraska in the second half to take a 93-73 win Sunday.
Penn State (13-4, 3-2 Big Ten) trailed by six at half, but came out strong, holding Nebraska (15-2, 4-1) to just two field goals in the first eight minutes after break.
The Nittany Lions outscored the Huskers 26-9 in that stretch, taking their first lead of the game at 48-46 on Zhaque Gray's jumper with 18:08 left and going up 64-53 on Maggie Lucas's pull-up 3-pointer with 15:19 left.
Nebraska cut the lead to eight on a pair of Jordan Hooper free throws with 10:30 left. But the Huskers could get no closer Penn State's largest lead was 22.
Nebraska led by as many as 11 early in the game and closed the first half on a 6-0 run to lead 44-38 at the break. The loss snapped a nine-game Huskers win streak.
Joining Lucas in double figures were Alex Bentley with 23 points, Gray with 19 and Nia Nickson and Nikki Greene with 12 points each.
Emily Cady had 17 points to lead Nebraska. Jordan Hooper finished with 13 points.