Wagner 42

(2-8, 1-1 NEC)

(16) Penn State 103

(9-2, 6-0 home)

    1:00 PM ET, December 18, 2011

    Bryce Jordan Center, State College, Pennsylvania

    1 2 T
    WAG 19 2342
    #16PSU 57 46103

    Top Performers

    Wagner: V. Fournier 12 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Penn State: A. Bentley 23 Pts, 2 Reb, 2 Ast, 5 Stl

    Alex Bentley, Maggie Lucas help No. 17 Penn State win by 61 points

    Associated Press

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Alex Bentley and Maggie Lucas each scored 23 points to lead Penn State (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today, No. 16 AP) to a 103-42 victory over Wagner on Sunday.

    The Lady Lions (9-2) got off to a slow start, then put together a 33-3 run to take a 35-10 lead. Lucas capped the run with two free throws and had 18 points in the first half.

    Veronick Fournier had 12 points and six rebounds for Wagner (2-8), which was outrebounded 54-42.

    The Lady Lions held Wagner to 16 percent shooting in the first half and led 57-19 at the break, overwhelming the Seahawks with their athleticism. Penn State forced 24 turnovers and had 12 steals, sparked by ball pressure from guards Bentley, Zhaque Gray and Ariel Edwards.

    "If I'm running the point, I do not want to see that threesome coming at me," Lucas said. "I thought they played the top really well."

    The exception was the first two-plus minutes of the game, when Fournier's 3-pointer gave Wagner a 7-2 lead.

    Penn State took over from there, turning up the pressure on the perimeter and dominating inside on offense, where the Lady Lions held a 50-14 advantage in points in the paint.

    "You hope the first media timeout to keep the game close. The second media timeout you look up and you see where things are at -- and things were going bad in a hurry," Wagner coach Gela Mikalauskas said. "Their defensive pressure had a lot to do with it in the first half."

    Penn State coach Coquese Washington went to her reserves more in the second half to give stars Bentley and Lucas some rest with Big Ten play looming.

    "We got some stops and got going in transition," Washington said. "When we get into transition, our eyes light up."

    Gray added 13 points for Penn State.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 42 103
    FG Made-Attempted 14-70 (.200) 36-67 (.537)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-23 (.217) 4-9 (.444)
    FT Made-Attempted 9-13 (.692) 27-34 (.794)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 5 62

    Game Leaders

    PointsV. Fournier 12A. Bentley 23
    ReboundsB. Thorpe 9T. Waldner 10
    AssistsK. Hicks 3G. Studevent 4
    StealsK. Hicks 3A. Bentley 5
    BlocksB. Thorpe 1T. Waldner 3

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