Lucas, Bentley lead PSU over Washington St, 72-60

Maggie Lucas and Alex Bentley scored 22 points apiece to lead

No. 12 Penn State to a 72-60 victory over Washington State on

Friday night in both teams’ season opener.

Penn State struggled to improve to 5-0 in season openers under

coach Coquese Washington. The Lady Lions committed 24 turnovers –

including 17 in the first half – shot 36 percent from the field and

trailed by three at halftime.

Besides Bentley and Lucas, no Lady Lion had more than seven


Penn State finished the game on a 9-0 run over the final


Reserve Sage Romberg scored 12 points for Washington State. The

Cougars’ bench accounted for nearly half of the team’s offense,

scoring 29 points.

In the wake of a sex abuse scandal that rocked Penn State’s

campus this week, the game began with a moment of silence to

recognize victims of child abuse.