Penn State women extend streak to 11 in a row
Penn State's Alex Bentley, right, shoots over the top of Ohio State's Ameryst Alston in the second half Sunday in Columbus, Ohio. Bentley finished with 16 points for the Nittany Lions, who defeated the Buckeyes, 71-56.
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Maggie Lucas scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half and No. 8 Penn State saved its best for last in beating Ohio State, 71-56, Sunday, the Nittany Lions' 14th consecutive Big Ten win to set a school record.
The victory, in which they outscored the Buckeyes, 43-19, after halftime, also gave them their fastest start since the 1993-94 season.
Alex Bentley scored 16 points and Nikki Greene had 11 points and 13 rebounds for Penn State (17-2, 7-0 Big Ten), which has won 11 in a row. It's the sixth-longest winning streak in program history.
Tayler Hill, the Big Ten's leading scorer, had 28 points for Ohio State (11-9, 1-6), which had won the past six meetings at home against Penn State. Ameryst Alston added 12.
The Nittany Lions improved to 33-21 all time against Ohio State -- even though they had won just two of the past 15 meetings coming in.
Coach Coquese Washington used extra time to make some points with her team at halftime after they fell behind by nine and were on the wrong side of a 10-0 run at the end of the break.
Hill scored on Ohio State's first possession of the second half to stretch the lead to 11. But then things went south for the Buckeyes.
Penn State missed two field-goal attempts, hit two of four free throws and got a 3-pointer from Lucas -- all on one trip down the court, thanks to two rebounds off missed free throws. When Bentley then stole the ball from Alston on the next play, the Nittany Lions had made up seven points in 33 seconds with the ball barely being advanced past midcourt.
With the Buckeyes hanging on to a 41-39 lead, the Nittany Lions then took the lead for good with a nine-point run.
The Buckeyes fell to 0-4 against ranked teams. They also lost to No. 7 Notre Dame, No. 22 North Carolina and to No. 11 Purdue.
It was their second home loss in the past three games after winning 31 in a row.
First Published January 28, 2013 12:00 am