Women's College Basketball

 
         === Penn State overcomes slow start to down Michigan State ===
 
 University  Park, PA (Sports Network) - Alex Bentley posted 24 points and four
 steals as No. 8 Penn State overcame a slow start to top Michigan State, 71-56,
 at Bryce Jordan Center.
 
 Maggie  Lucas  added 19 points and  five rebounds, while Nikki Greene finished
 with  13  points and six boards  for the Lady  Lions (20-3, 10-1 Big Ten), who
 have won 18 straight at home.
 
 Annalise Pickrel was the lone member of Michigan State (18-5, 6-4) to score in
 double  figures  with 16 points as  the Spartans had their two-game win streak
 snapped.
 
 Michigan  State controlled  the early action by  racing out to a 20-11 lead on
 Becca  Mills'  3-pointer with 7  1/2 minutes left in  the first half, but Penn
 State  took over  from there, closing out the  frame with a 21-7 run to take a
 32-27 edge into the break.
 
 The  Lady Lions  then carried  that  momentum into  the second  half as  Lucas
 connected  on  a pair  of triples during  an opening 21-7  trek to jump ahead,
 53-34, with just over 12 minutes to play.
 
 Michigan  State  trailed by  double  digits  from  there until  Pickrel  later
 connected  on  a pair  of 3-pointers  during a  10-3 push  to get back within,
 62-54, with just under four minutes to play.
 
 Penn  State, however, netted the game's next seven points to reopen a 15-point
 lead with 1:15 remaining and cruised to the victory.
 
 
 
 
 
 02/10 16:32:24 ET

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