Wisconsin's Morgan Paige, right, shoots around Penn State's Tori Waldner Thursday in University Park, Pa. Penn State won, 84-40.
By The Associated Press
Nikki Greene's performance Thursday night prompted only three postgame words from teammate Alex Bentley.
"She's a beast," Bentley said after Green scored a season-high 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead No. 8 Penn State to an 84-40 rout of Wisconsin at Bryce Jordan Center.
It was Greene's third double-double of the season.
"They were guarding Alex [Bentley] and Maggie [Lucas] pretty tough and I took advantage of what their defense gave me and I just scored," Greene said.
Bentley added 14 points, Lucas had 11 and Ariel Edwards 10 for the Nittany Lions (14-2, 4-0 Big Ten), who won their eighth consecutive game and third in a row by at least 20 points. It was Penn State's first conference victory of 40 or more points since the 2000-01 season.
Morgan Paige scored 14 points and Jacki Gulczynski had 10 for Wisconsin (8-10, 0-5), which lost its sixth consecutive game.
"When you can string some wins together, you certainly start to build a little bit of confidence," said Penn State coach Coquese Washington.
Penn State was able to make the most of a size advantage under the basket, scoring 52 points in the paint compared to 10 by the Badgers.
"When Nikki can play big minutes, she can put up big numbers for us and that opens things up for other people," said Washington. "Nikki's incredibly talented."