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

points.

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

5:07.

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.