No. 9 Penn State cruises past Lafayette 75-34

  • Article by: GENARO C. ARMAS
  • Associated Press
  • November 18, 2012 - 3:27 PM

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Maggie Lucas and Mia Nickson each scored 12 points, and No. 9 Penn State dominated the paint to build a big lead in a 75-34 rout Sunday of Lafayette.

Lucas added nine rebounds but hit just 5 of 16 from the field. Still, the Lady Lions (3-0) hardly needed their prolific shooting guard against the overmatched Leopards (1-3).

The Big Ten favorites were in control from the start, leading 14-0 less than 5 minutes into the game.

Lafayette's hopes were dashed early after its best player, 6-foot-7 center Danielle Fiacco picked up two fouls just more than a minute into the game.

That opened up the middle even more for Nickson and frontcourt mate Nikki Greene. By the time Fiacco returned with 10 minutes left in the half, Penn State led 26-6 following a layup by Greene.

Emily Homan had 11 points to lead Lafayette, which shot 19 percent.

Penn State led 42-14 at the half, but Lafayette cut the deficit to as little as 23 following a layup by Homan with 12:57 left.

Otherwise, the final few minutes turned into a glorified pick-up game. The Lady Lions had a breather after grinding out a 63-58 win last week at No. 16 Texas A&M.

All 10 Lady Lions scored Sunday. Greene had a nice afternoon with six points, six rebounds and three blocks before hurting her head during a scrum under her own basket early in the second half. Greene didn't return and held an ice pack to her face while watching from the bench.

Even an off-day shooting from Lucas didn't hurt Penn State, and backcourt mate Alex Bentley finished with just eight points.

But the game was won in the paint, where Penn State held a 42-16 advantage. The Lady Lions also outrebounded the Leopards 57-40 and had a 20-2 edge on second-chance points.

The baseline was open, too, where Lady Lions reserve Tori Waldner hit open shots. The 6-foot-5 forward finished with six points and four rebounds in 14 minutes.

Fiacco, who opened the season with consecutive double-doubles, was never a factor after failing to score and missing all 10 shots. She did have seven rebounds.

Lafayette has three straight defeats in eight days to power-conference foes, starting with losses to Seton Hall and Villanova.

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