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PSU Lady Lions put to Rams, remain undefeated

UNIVERSITY PARK – It was the Penn State Women’s basketball teams last warm up before their early showdown against 2012-13 National Champion Uconn when they laced it up against the Atlantic 10’s Fordham.

The two haven’t played each other since their meeting back in the 1994 NCAA Tournament.

In the end, the Lady Lions picked up its 115th all-time win in their history, winning 78-61.

After defeating St. Francis in their opener, the defending back-to-back Big 10 champions were primed and ready for the Sunday tune up, led by Penn State Phenom Maggie Lucas.

Lucas finished with 23 points while teammates Edwards (17) and Taylor (12) finished in double figures.

Both teams started slowly on offense to Dara Taylor put the Lady Lions on the board for the first bucket of the game.

Maggie Lucas got the big scores from the first half, hitting eight of the team’s first 16 points.

However, Fordham would not go away, staying within striking distance for most of the first half. The two teams were separated by only three rebounds at the half. Penn State held the advantage 20-17.

Leading the way in the scoring column for the Nittany Lions was Lucas with 13 while teammate Dara Taylor tallied seven.

Fordham was led by sharp shooting guard Erin Rooney who tallied nine in the first half while teammate Hannah Missry collected six in the Rams 28-point first half effort.

In the second half, Edwards came storming out for the Lions hitting the teams first five points within the first two minutes.

As the game older, the Lions were finding their shots from beyond the arc. In the first six minutes of the second half, PSU had picked up two of three from beyond the arc.

With a lot of new faces, PSU head coach had a constant rotation of substitutions, getting some much valuable playing time for her younger players before their showdown with the Huskies.

After seeing their lead dwindle to as low as ten points, Lucas used her leadership with hitting a clutch triple, extending the Lions’ lead to 55-42 with 11:44 left in the game.

Ariel Edwards also showed her veteran leadership picking up her 10th point at the 10-minute mark, making it 59-44.

Penn State’s younger players took their lead as they began going right to the hoop for the easiest possible shot, extending the lead to as many as 19 before the Rams would call a time out with 7:56 left in the game.

When the dust settled and the buzzer sounded, the Lady Lions will remain undefeated as it hosts Uconn next week at the Bryce Jordan Center, tip off at noon.

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