Penn St. 71 at Illinois 65

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Lucas’ 19 lead No. 22 Penn St women past Illinois
Thursday, Jan 19, 2012

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP)—Maggie Lucas scored 19 points and No. 22 Penn State beat Illinois 71-65 Thursday night for its third straight win.

Illinois led for most of the first half, but Penn State (14-4, 4-2 Big Ten) used a series of runs to keep the Illini winless in conference play.

Illinois (6-13, 0-6) led 33-28 in the first half, but Penn State closed the period with a 12-1 run to take a 37-34 lead, and then came out of the break with an 8-2 run.

Alex Bentley scored 15 points and had four assists for Penn State, and Nikki Greene added 10 points.

The Illini answered with a 9-2 run to pull to 47-45 midway through the second half, but couldn’t regain the lead. Amber Moore made five 3-pointers to lead Illinois with 17 points.

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 Penn St.
Nikki Greene Nikki Greene
4-7,  10 Pts
8 Rebs, 0 Assists
 Illinois
Adrienne GodBold Adrienne GodBold
6-12,  19 Pts
8 Rebs, 3 Assists

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