Women's hoops roundup: Lucas, Lady Lions roll
There were a total of seven Big Ten women’s basketball teams in action Sunday, including ranked Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue. No. 10 Penn State, the Big Ten’s highest-ranked team, blasted Georgetown, 97-74, behind Maggie Lucas’ career-high 39 points. Catch up on all the action in this post.
Illinois 73, Memphis 65: BOX | RECAP
Senior forward Karisma Penn led all scorers with 21 points, and she and Alexis Smith drained 8-of-10 free throws in the final 2:11 to seal a 73-65 victory over Memphis on Sunday. Penn passed all-time great Tauja Catchings for 10th place on Illinois’ career scoring list with 1,504 points and the Illini notched their first true road win of the season as they improve to 5-4 on the campaign.
Butler 59, Indiana 56: BOX | RECAP
Indiana rallied in the second half Sunday, but lost 59-56 to Butler at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse. Jasmine McGhee scored a season-high 18 points to lead Indiana and Linda Rubene added 13 points.
Minnesota 82, Robert Morris 60: BOX | RECAP
Freshman Shayne Mullaney and junior Sari Noga combined to hit eight 3-pointers in leading the University of Minnesota (9-3) women’s basketball team to an 82-60 victory vs. Robert Morris (0-8) in non-conference action Sunday afternoon at Williams Arena.
Bowling Green 60, Northwestern 37: BOX | RECAP
Northwestern was a bit short-handed Sunday against Bowling Green, playing without starters Maggie Lyon and Dannielle Diamant along with key reserve Kate Popovec, and was unable to overcome the Falcons, falling 60-37 at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Kendall Hackney led the Wildcats with a team-high 15 points, to go along with eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block.
No. 20 Ohio State 81, Lafayette 41: BOX | AP RECAP
Tayler Hill scored 19 points and No. 20 Ohio State never trailed in defeating Lafayette 81-41 Sunday for its 28th consecutive victory at home. Hill, who has scored in double figures in 42 straight games, hit a 3-pointer 20 seconds into the contest and the Buckeyes (6-2) never looked back. They led 38-16 at halftime and by as many as 47 points, 78-31, with 4:11 left in the game.
No. 10 Penn State 97, Georgetown 74: BOX | AP RECAP
Maggie Lucas scored a career-high 39 points and ignited No. 10 Penn State’s potent transition game in a 97-74 rout Sunday of sloppy Georgetown. Lucas, the Lady Lions’ prolific shooting guard, was 11 of 21 from the field including 7 of 13 from 3-point territory. She had 26 alone in a first half in which Penn State (7-2) led by as much as 34.
No. 14 Purdue 68, Tennessee-Martin 60: BOX | AP RECAP
Sam Ostarello scored 14 of her 16 points in the second half and Taylor Manuel also scored 16 as No. 15 Purdue overcame a challenge from Tennessee-Martin to win 68-60 Sunday after trailing at halftime. The Boilermakers (9-1) opened the second half with a 15-0 run, including nine points by Ostarello, to lead 40-29.