Nikki Greene had 17 points and Alex Bentley 13 as No. 11 Penn State pulled away in the second half to beat South Dakota State, 60-50, Sunday at Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa.
Bentley also had five assists to give the senior guard 503 for her career, the sixth player to surpass 500 for the Lady Lions (9-2). She also moved into 12th place on the program's career scoring list with 1,474.
Penn State broke a 25-25 halftime tie by scoring the first seven points of the second half, including four by Greene. An 8-0 run later in the half put the Lady Lions in front, 48-35, with 6:30 left.
Maggie Lucas, who came in averaging 22.1 points for Penn State, made only 2 of 12 shots and had nine points, but she had five steals and blocked a career-high four shots.
Ashley Eide scored 14 points for the Jackrabbits (6-5), who had won three in a row.
• Rider 65, Pitt 48: The Panthers (6-4) gave up 41 second-half points in a loss to Rider (5-4) at Petersen Events Center. Brianna Kiesel led Pitt with 17 points. She converted 7 of 8 free throws. Asia Logan added 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Panthers.
• Duquesne 62, James Madison 57: Wumi Agunbiade had 18 points and 15 rebounds as Duquesne improved to 9-1 with a victory against James Madison (3-6) at the Palumbo Center.
• West Virginia 90, Youngstown State 57: Taylor Palmer scored 15 points and No. 25 West Virginia shot over 64 percent in defeating visiting Youngstown State. The Mountaineers (7-2) made 38 of 59 shots and won their fourth consecutive game. Brandi Brown had 12 points for the Penguins (7-3).
• Georgia 93, Lipscomb 42: Guard Jasmine James and Tiaria Griffin each scored 18 points, leading No. 6 Georgia (11-0) past visiting Lipscomb (1-7). Anne Marie Armstrong added 15 points and Shacobia Barbee 13 for Georgia. Hannah Phillips had 11 points for Lipscomb. The Lady Dogs took a 14-0 lead and held Lipscomb without a basket for an 11-minute span before and after halftime. Georgia seemed on the verge of scoring 100 points, but slowed the pace at the end.
• Vanderbilt 76, Oklahoma 63: Christina Foggie scored 17 points and visiting Vanderbilt (8-3) upset No. 12 Oklahoma (8-2) for its fifth victory in a row. Tiffany Clarke had 16 points and eight rebounds, and Jasmine Lister added 16 points and nine assists for the Commodores. Kady Schrann was 3 of 3 from 3-point range, finishing with 11 points.
• Tennessee 94, Texas 75: Meighan Simmons scored 18 points and No. 13 Tennessee (7-1) beat No. 18 host Texas (6-2) for the fourth consecutive year. Tennessee shot 46.8 percent from the floor and held the Longhorns to 34.3 shooting. Ariel Massengale and Taber Spani had 15 points apiece for Tennessee and Cierra Burdick and Bashaara Graves each scored 14.
• UCLA 53, St. John's 52: Jasmine Dixon's layup with 1.2 seconds left in overtime sent No. 14 UCLA (7-1) past St. John's (5-4) in the championship of the St. John's Holiday Classic.
• Purdue 77, Oakland 46: Drey Mingo scored 19 points and No. 15 Purdue (10-1) shot 56 percent from the field in its win against host Oakland (5-5).
• Oklahoma State 83, Vermont 30: Tiffany Bias scored 18 points and No. 16 Oklahoma State (8-0) beat visiting Vermont (3-8). The Cowgirls have started 8-0 for the third consecutive season.
• North Carolina 75, Coastal Carolina 49: Antoinette Bannister came off the bench to score 13 points and No. 19 North Carolina (10-1) defeated host Coastal Carolina (6-3).
• Kansas 72, Prairie View 60: Angel Goodrich scored 19 points and Tania Jackson had 13 points and 10 rebounds, leading No. 22 Kansas (9-1) past visiting Prairie View (2-5).
• Rutgers 42, Miami 34: Monique Oliver scored 13 points and host Rutgers (7-3) held No. 21 Miami (7-2) to its worst shooting performance of the season, beating the Hurricanes in a non-conference game. Oliver made 6 of 9 shots and Chelsey Lee grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds for the Scarlet Knights, who held Miami to 19.1 percent (9 of 47) from the field.
First Published December 17, 2012 5:00 AM