The odds weren't good for Maggie Lucas on the break against two backpedaling Georgetown Hoyas before one defender tripped and Penn State's prolific shooting guard stopped suddenly in the lane to create space for an easy jumper.
Whether wide open from the corner for 3-pointers or creating havoc in transition, Lucas was a problem all day for Georgetown in the 10th-ranked Lady Lions' easy 97-74 victory Sunday.
Lucas set a career high and Jordan Center scoring record with 39 points, backcourt mate Alex Bentley added 23 and Penn State's potent transition game throttled the Hoyas early. Lucas had 26 alone in a first half in which Penn State (7-2) led by as much as 34.
"I'm always like, 'More Maggie,' especially when she's hot," Bentley said. "The girl can shoot. I'm so happy when she gets nights like these."
Lucas was 11 of 21 from the field including 7 of 13 from 3-point territory. Five 3s came in the first half, shattering the Georgetown zone.
Sugar Rodgers scored 24 for Georgetown (7-3), which had its three-game winning streak snapped. The Hoyas shot only 31 percent (23 of 72) on the afternoon.
"When you play a team like that, we can't let their go-to players get away," Hoyas coach Keith Brown said. "Any time you're a defensive team and giving up 95 points, you're not supposed to win."
It took just three minutes for Penn State to take control after Lucas hit an open 3-pointer from the left corner to start a 10-0 run. The Lady Lions then converted steals on three consecutive Georgetown possessions, culminating Bentley's easy layup for an 18-9 lead with 14:47 left in the first half.
The rout was on.
"I just tried to get into some passing lanes and get at the ball hard," said Lucas, who had six turnovers and six steals. Dara Taylor and Ariel Edwards did an effective job in containing Rodgers, who had come into the game averaging 24.2 points, to 10 points on 4 of 10 shooting in the first half.
Penn State ran on nearly every opportunity, with center Nikki Greene (13 rebounds) helping Penn State control the glass, and Lucas and Bentley deftly handling the ball on the break.
It was just the type of easy victory Penn State needed to regain confidence after a 67-52 loss in its previous game last week at undefeated No. 2 Connecticut. Penn State shot 30 of 62 (48 percent) from the field and 29 of 35 (82 percent) from the free-throw line, and outrebounded Georgetown, 49-37.
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• Kentucky 68, Middle Tennessee State 46: DeNesha Stallworth had 16 points, and No. 7 Kentucky (8-1) used a first-half surge to defeat visiting Middle Tennessee State (6-4).
• Purdue 68, Tennessee-Martin 60: Sam Ostarello scored 14 of her 16 points in the second half and Taylor Manuel also scored 16 as No. 15 Purdue (9-1) overcame a challenge from Tennessee-Martin (4-7) to win after trailing at halftime.
• Kansas 97, Newman 64: Carolyn Davis scored 24 points and No. 17 Kansas (8-1) never trailed in a victory against Newman (4-7).
• Ohio State 81, Lafayette 41: Tayler Hill scored 19 points and No. 20 Ohio State (6-2) never trailed in defeating Lafayette (3-7) for its 28th consecutive victory at home.
• Iowa State 60, Fairfield 43: Hallie Christofferson scored 18 points and No. 22 Iowa State (6-1) defeated visiting Fairfield (5-3).
• Minnesota 82, Robert Morris 60: Robert Morris fell to 0-8 despite 24 points and 15 rebounds from Artemis Spanou in a loss at Minnesota (9-3).mobilehome - psusports - rmusports