WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Maggie Lucas scored 28 points and Penn State (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today, No. 12 AP) maintained its Big Ten lead by defeating Purdue (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today, No. 17 AP) 74-63 Thursday night.
It was the fifth straight win for the Lady Lions (21-5, 11-3), who have two home games remaining -- against Ohio State (No. 11 ESPN/USA Today, No. 9 AP), which trails Penn State by a half-game, and Minnesota -- before the Big Ten tournament begins March 1 in Indianapolis.Lucas scored 20 of her points in the second half, when Penn State pulled away from a 35-33 halftime lead.Mia Nickson had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Lady Lions. Alex Bentley and Zhaque Gray added 10 points apiece.Guyton had 12 points to lead Purdue (19-7, 9-4), which has lost four of its last five following an 11-game winning streak. Chantel Poston had a game-high 12 rebounds for the Boilermakers.It was the only regular season meeting between the schools.