Women's College Basketball: Lucas and Penn State hang on

Posted: January 05, 2013

Penn State's transition game overcame a sluggish night from the field that nearly led to an upset in a Big Ten Conference opener.

However, the ninth-ranked Lions' speedy, savvy backcourt came up clutch just in time to help hold off Northwestern, 73-69, Thursday night in State College, Pa.

Dara Taylor had a layup with 1 minute, 26 seconds left off a length-of-the-court outlet pass from Alex Bentley, and Penn State (11-2 overall) converted a late turnover into another key bucket to take control late. Maggie Lucas (Germantown Academy), the third member of the Lions' quick backcourt trio, had a game-high 24 points.

"The Big Ten conference is tough. It's competitive," coach Coquese Washington said. "We grinded out a win against a good team."

Still, few people expected Northwestern (8-6) to hang around all night, especially with two of its top players in Dannielle Diamant and Kendall Hackney on the bench the final six minutes after fouling out.

Gettysburg 58, Gwynedd-Mercy 52 - Freshman Jessica Porter recorded her second double-double in as many nights and junior Alyssa Isler turned in a game-high 21 points as host Gettysburg (6-4) downed the Griffins (7-4) in the final of the Days Inn tournament.

Delaware Valley 59, College of New Jersey 58 - In Doylestown, Emily Soper had 22 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Aggies (5-6) to a come-from-behind win. Tiffany DeTulio had 14 points for the Lions (8-4).

FDU-Florham 83, Moravian 79 - The host fell to Fairleigh Dickinson-Florham in the championship game of the Moravian Winter Classic in Bethlehem, Pa.

Cabrini 63, Albright 45 - Cabrini won its third consecutive game as the host Cavaliers (8-3) topped Albright at Nerney Field House.

Rutgers-Camden 74, Mount St. Vincent 48 - Brittany Turner scored a game-high 19 points and became the 11th player in Rutgers-Camden history to reach the 1,000th-point milestone as the Scarlet Raptors (5-5) defeated Mount St. Vincent (4-5) in a nonconference game in Riverdale, N.Y.

Montclair State 81, Stockton 46 - Richard Stockton (5-3, 3-3 NJAC) fell behind early and never recovered in the loss to Montclair State (14-0, 7-0) in Galloway, N.J.

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