South Dakota St. defeats No. 12 Penn St. 83-79

Megan Waytashek and Steph Paluch scored 18 points apiece as

South Dakota State defeated No. 12 Penn State 83-79 despite

squandering a 20-point halftime lead Wednesday night.

The Jackrabbits (7-4) had a 23-point lead when Paluch opened the

second half with a 3 and were up 21 with 14:39 left when a Dara

Tayler three-point play started a 10-0 for Penn State. The lead was

still in double figures at the 5-minute mark before the Nittany

Lions stormed back.

Ariel Edwards, who scored 5 straight points to pull Penn State

within 78-77 with 1:19, finished with 24 points, 7 rebounds, 5

blocks, 4 steals and 3 assists. Maggie Lucas added 20 and Taylor

had a career-high 19.

Mariah Clarin had 13 points for SDSU and helped the Jackrabbits,

now 3-13 vs. ranked teams, out-rebound Penn St. 53-42. This was the

highest-ranked team SDSU has beaten.