No. 17 Penn St. 66, Iowa St. 59
Maggie Lucas scored 18 points, including six in the final
minutes, to help No. 17 Penn State beat Iowa State 66-59 in the
opening round of the John Ascuaga’s Nugget Classic on Friday.
The Nittany Lions (4-1) will play Nevada (2-2) on Saturday for
the tournament championship.
The Cyclones (3-1) were within two points with 4:30 left in the
game after a Jessica Schroll jumper, but the Nittany Lions closed
on a 9-4 run.
Lucas matched her season high to lead three Penn State players
in double figures. Zhaque Gray scored 14 points and Alex Bentley
Brynn Williamson led Iowa State with 15 points.
Penn State was up 37-28 at halftime and led by as many as 12 in
the game. The Nittany Lions overcame 58 percent free throw shooting
(15-for-26) and 32 fouls called against them compared to 18 by Iowa