Lady Lions Shut Down the Hokies
In only the second meeting between the Penn State and Virginia Tech women’s basketball teams, the Lady Lions (7-2, 0-0 Big Ten) defeated the Hokies (2-6, 0-0 ACC) 66-28 Tuesday night at the Bryce Jordan Center.
The 17th-ranked Lady Lions started off slow offensively in the first half, making only 11 of 28 attempted field goals and 1 of 6 attempted three-point shots.
Sophomore guard Maggie Lucas scored the first points of the game, sinking a three point shot with over 18 minutes left in the game. Lucas led the Lady Lions in scoring during the first half. She scored nine total points.
Junior guard Alex Bentley also stood out in the first half of the game. With a little over two minutes left in the first half, Bentley registered a steal after a turnover from Virgina Tech guard Aerial Wilson. Bentley drove the lane, and put the ball in for a lay-up. Bentley became the 33rd player in Penn State history, and the 15th junior, to score 1,000 career points.
“My teammates made it easy for me to score,” said Bentley. “I just give all the props to them.”
“It’s a testament to her work ethic and her focus and her impact on this program,” said Penn State head coach Coquese Washington in regard to the milestone Bentley reached.
Although the Lady Lions made some positive offensive plays, the focus rested on the defense.
“To start the game, it wasn’t at our usual pace,” said Washington. “I think they might have been really focused defensively.”
Against the Hokies, Washington had the Lady Lions playing more man-to-man defense, rather than the zone defense they typically play. Playing man-to-man became an asset for the Lady Lions during the game; it led them to better cover Virgina Tech’s guards, who are the biggest contributors to the offense.
“Because they’ve been playing so much zone the last few games, I think, you know, playing a lot of man-to-man, it wears on you, so I think there was a little bit of fatigue early in the game,” Washington said.
The Lady Lions, however, came out in the second half and jump started the offense, scoring 39 points while Virginia Tech only scored 13. The Lady Lions were once again led by Lucas, who scored 13 points in the second half.
Wilson led the Hokies in scoring with nine points, but Virginia Tech could not hold onto the ball, turning it over to the Lady Lions many times. They also struggled with fouls; they registered five fouls in less than three minutes.
“We have limitations right now, so we’re going to have trouble scoring, particularly if our guards struggle the way they did tonight,” said head coach Dennis Wolff.
“I think the Penn State defense wore them down,” said Wolff.
With the win, the Lady Lions’ all-time record against ACC opponents goes to 35-25.
The Lady Lions will host the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Sunday at the Bryce Jordan Center at 2 p.m. Tune into ComRadio for complete coverage of the game.
Breanna Jacobs is a sophomore majoring in Broadcast Journalism. To contact her, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Breanna Jacobs is majoring in Broadcast Journalism and minoring in Kinesiology at The Pennsylvania State University. She is a member of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism. She is also a member of ComRadio, Penn State’s student-run, web-based radio station. She has hosted her own radio show called “Off the Field”, co-hosted a show called “Inside the NFL”, been a beat writer for the Lady Lions and the women’s softball team, and has produced women’s softball, among various other things.
Breanna is the over-all chair for ComRadio’s THON organization and enjoys volunteering. She has spent time volunteering with Centre County PAWS, Santa’s Vision and The Drayton Florence Foundation. Breanna also works at Penn State Lion Line, calling alumni, parents and friends of Penn State to help raise money for Penn State academics.
When she graduates, Breanna’s goal is to earn a job working for her favorite NFL team, the Buffalo Bills. She hopes to either work on their media team or in a player development position.