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Penn State holds on against Minnesota

By The Sports Network
January 24, 2013 - 10:03pm

University Park, PA (Sports Network) - Maggie Lucas scored 26 points to go with six rebounds and the No. 8 Penn State Lady Lions held off the Minnesota Golden Gophers, 64-59, on Thursday at Bryce Jordan Center.

Lucas scored 15 in the second half and converted four clutch free throws at the end to help Penn State (16-2, 6-0 Big Ten) preserve its 10th straight victory and remain undefeated in conference play.

Alex Bentley was the only other scorer in double-figures for Penn State, scoring 12 points. Nikki Greene contributed nine points and 13 rebounds in the win.

The Gophers (13-7, 2-4) were led by Rachel Banham's 19 points, but she missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with 13 seconds left in the game. Micaella Riche followed with 12 points in Minnesota's third consecutive defeat.

Leah Cotton's 3-point play with 1:20 to go in the first half gave the Gophers a slight 29-28 edge, but Bentley added a score for Penn State before Greene split a pair from the line to send the Lady Lions into halftime with a two- point lead.

The game remained a one-possession contest for the next 14 minutes until Penn State finally created some separation.

After Dara Taylor hit 1-of-2 from the line, Greene and Bentley each made baskets to give the Lady Lions a 52-47 lead.

Minnesota clawed within a point five times over the final five minutes, but was never able to take the lead.

Twice the Gophers had a chance to take the lead late after misses by