Maggie Lucas scored 18 points and No. 15 Penn State held off Hartford, 70-56, Sunday at Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa.
Penn State (9-3) started the second half with a 10-4 run, opening up a 47-35 lead with 14:49 remaining. Hartford (3-10) would never again get closer than nine.
Hartford kept the game close throughout the first 20 minutes but the Lady Lions pulled away by dominating the interior. They outrebounded Hartford, 47-30, including 15-6 on the offensive glass, and outscored the Hawks, 40-14, in the paint and 14-5 on second-chance points.
Alyssa Englert, who came into the game with 14 assists this season, recorded a career-high nine for the Hawks. Cherelle Moore scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Ariel Edwards added 15 points and seven rebounds for Penn State, which failed to convert a 3-point basket (0 for 8) for the first time this season.
More district women
* Virginia Tech 70, Robert Morris 64: Robert Morris (4-7) held a two-point lead with under four minutes to play before eventually falling to host Virginia Tech (10-2). Colonials freshman guard Anna Niki Stamolamprou led all players with 18 points.
* West Virginia 89, Elon 56: West Virginia (11-1) closed out the non-conference portion of its season with 11 consecutive wins with a victory against visiting Elon (5-7). Asya Bussie led the Mountaineers with 18 points and eight rebounds in 28 minutes.