Lucas leads Penn State women past Georgetown
Maggie Lucas scored 30 points and topped 2,000 for her career to
help No. 10 Penn State beat Georgetown 77-68 on Sunday.
Lucas finished the game with 2,008 career points to pass Tanisha
Wright for fifth place on the school’s scoring list.
”It’s not something that comes on your own. It’s not an
individual achievement,” Lucas said about the milestone. ”I’ve
played with some unbelievable point guards every year. I played
with Dara (Taylor) and I played with Alex Bentley, and my teammates
set me up and they put me in a position to be successful.”
After missing 10 of 14 shots in the first half, Lucas responded
by hitting 6 of 7 in the second half. She made five 3-pointers and
added five rebounds and four assists. Taylor had 12 points and six
assists to help Penn State (6-2) rebound from a loss Wednesday
night to No. 5 Notre Dame.
Katie McCormick led the Hoyas (5-3) with 17 points.
Both teams struggled from the field in the first half, with Penn
State shooting 21 percent (7 for 34) and Georgetown 23 percent (7
But while the Hoyas’ offensive struggles continued into the
second half – McCormick’s jumper with 17:29 remaining was
Georgetown’s first basket in more than 9 minutes – the Nittany
Lions hit 12 of their first 15 shots to begin the half and used a
13-3 run midway through the half to take a 56-37 lead.
”We didn’t shoot the ball well early in the game,” Penn State
coach Coquese Washington said. ”But we figured it out, we figured
out what we needed to do and got better defensively in the second
half. We got going in transition and made some plays.”
Georgetown responded with a 10-0 run to get back in the game,
and cut it to 66-61 on Natalie Butler’s layup with 2:05 left. But
Lucas hit a driving layup on the following possession and the
Nittany Lions made 8 of 10 free throws in the last 2 minutes to
seal the victory.
The Nittany Lions shot 68 percent in the second half, a success
rate that Washington chalked up a renewed focus on getting shots
closer to the basket.
”I thought we were a lot more patient against the zone in the
second half,” Washington said. ”I thought we did a much better
job of getting paint touches and shots in the paint and that
certainly helped our percentage.”