WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PSU hammers Cornhuskers
nLucas, seventh-ranked Lady Lions overwhelm No. 20 Nebraska 82-67 to clinch their second straight outright Big Ten championship. ASSOCIATED PRESS
Penn State wanted the Big Ten championship all to itself, and the Lady Lions played like it.
Maggie Lucas scored 34 points to lead the seventh-ranked Lady Lions to an 82-67 victory over No. 20 Nebraska on Sunday, clinching their second straight outright conference championship and ending the Cornhuskers' 10-game win streak.
"It's important to us. We didn't want to share it," Lucas said.
And now that the league title is locked up?
"We have more things to accomplish," Lucas said.
Lucas made a career-high eight 3-pointers, with four of them coming in a bunch to help the Lady Lions stretch their lead in the first half and three more keeping the Huskers at bay early in the second.
"I took them when they were there... Just let it fly," said Lucas, who set the Devaney Center record with her 3s.
Penn State (24-4, 14-2) improved to 6-1 against ranked opponents and secured its best conference record since going 15-1 in 2003-04.
The Huskers (22-7, 12-4) were playing their last game at the Devaney Center, their home for 37 seasons. They move into a new downtown arena next season.
Penn State and Nebraska go into this week's Big Ten tournament as the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds, and if things go right for the Lady Lions there, they'll be in line for a lofty seeding for the NCAA tournament.
"If they keep doing what they're doing, they're capable of being an Elite Eight or Final Four type of team," Nebraska coach Connie Yori said.
Alex Bentley scored 13 points and Mia Nickson and Nikki Greene 10 apiece for Penn State. Lucas added nine rebounds.
Penn State shot 69.2 percent in the second half and 52.5 percent for the game.
Moore led the Huskers with 23 points, Emily Cady added 15 points and 10 rebounds and Jordan Hooper had 14 points for Nebraska.
Duke 65, North Carolina 58: Freshman Alexis Jones scored a season-high 22 points and the fifth-ranked Blue Devils (27-2, 17-1 ACC) topped the No. 15 Tar Heels (26-5, 14-4) for their Atlantic Coast Conference-record 17th regular-season league victory.
Kentucky 78, Tennessee 65: A'dia Mathies scored 13 second-half points, including back-to-back 3-pointers during the Wildcats' 19-6 run, to help No. 10 Kentucky (25-4, 13-3) pull away from the Lady Volunteers (23-6, 14-2) and claim the No. 2 seed for this week's Southeastern Conference tournament.
Maryland 88, Wake Forest 61: Tianna Hawkins scored 18 points, Alyssa Thomas added 16, and the No. 9 Terrapins (23-6, 14-4 ACC) defeated the Demon Deacons (12-18, 5-13) to snap their first losing streak of the season.
Georgia 55, Vanderbilt 50: Jasmine Hassell scored 16 points and the 11th-ranked Bulldogs (24-5, 12-4 SEC) rebounded from a disappointing loss to beat the Commodores (19-10, 9-7).
Dayton 73, Saint Joseph's 66: Andrea Hoover scored 19 points and Samantha MacKay added 18 points and seven assists as the No. 12 Flyers (26-1, 14-0 A10) wrapped up their first Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season title by beating the Hawks (20-8, 11-3).
LSU 67, Texas A&M 52: Theresa Plaisance scored 16 points and Danielle Ballard had 15 points and 11 rebounds as the Tigers (19-10, 10-6 SEC) won their sixth in a row and upset the 13th-ranked Aggies (21-9, 11-5).
South Carolina 67, Florida 56: Ashley Bruner scored 16 points and Aleighsa Welch and Ieasia Walker added 14 apiece as the No. 14 Gamecocks (23-6, 11-5 SEC) set a school record for conference victories in a season and tied their program record for regular-season wins by beating the Gators (17-13, 6-10).
UCLA 68, Arizona 57: Alyssia Brewer scored 22 points on 11-for-14 shooting and the 17th-ranked Bruins (23-6, 14-4 Pac-12) downed the Wildcats (12-17, 4-14) for their fourth consecutive victory.
Delaware 62, Drexel 57: Elena Delle Donne posted 28 points and 10 rebounds, and Lauren Carra scored a season-high 21 points to help the No. 18 Blue Hens (26-3, 17-0 CAA) down the Dragons (20-8, 13-4) and tie a school record with 21 straight wins.
Colorado 66, Oregon State 63: Chucky Jeffery scored 25 points and the 19th-ranked Buffaloes (24-3, 13-5) rallied to beat the Beavers (10-20, 4-14) in overtime for their ninth straight win.
Virginia 72, Florida State 60: Faith Randolph scored a career-high 19 points and Simone Egwu had 17 points and 11 rebounds as the Cavaliers (16-13, 8-10 ACC) ended a five-game losing streak by defeating the No. 24 Seminoles (21-8, 11-7).
Purdue 76, Illinois 65: Courtney Moses scored 21 points, leading four Boilermakers in double figures, as Purdue (21-8, 10-6 Big Ten) topped the Illini (16-12, 9-7).