Top 25 Capsules

Updated: February 5, 2013, 12:02 AM ET
Associated Press

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Maggie Lucas scored 17 points, and No. 8 Penn State withstood a second-half rally by No. 13 Purdue with defense to reclaim sole possession of first place in the Big Ten with a 69-61 victory Monday night.

After struggling in the first half, 6-foot-4 center Nikki Greene (six points, nine rebounds) gave the Lady Lions (18-3, 8-1) an interior presence in the game's final 6:39, when Penn State finished off the Boilermakers (18-4, 7-2) with a 12-6 run.

Purdue had narrowed a 12-point deficit to 57-55 before going the next five-plus minutes without a field goal.

Lucas and backcourt mate Alex Bentley (13 points) took advantage in a chippy game to get the lead back to double digits in the final minutes.

Courtney Moses (21 points) scored six points in a 13-second span to get within 67-61 with 1:05 left, but Bentley helped Penn State hold on with a bucket and steal.

No. 14 TEXAS A&M 74, LSU 57

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Kelsey Bone scored 21 points as Texas A&M won its sixth consecutive game, defeating LSU.

Courtney Walker added 16 points and Kristi Bellock had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Aggies (18-5, 8-1 Southeastern Conference).

With Texas A&M leading 61-56, Walker's jumper started a 10-0 run. Bellock followed with a jumper and Walker a layup, then Bone and Walker added layups for a 71-56 lead with 1:21 left.

The Lady Tigers (13-9, 4-5) fell behind 7-0 in the opening 3 minutes and never led, although they cut a 32-21 deficit to 32-27 in the final 2 minutes before halftime

Bone, the SEC's field goal percentage leader at 59.8 percent, made 9 of 15 (60 percent) and Walker 8 of 10.

Adrienne Webb scored 17 points for LSU, Danielle Ballard 12 and Theresa Plaisance, the conference scoring leader at 18.2 points per game, had 11.


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