The Penn State women (16-5, 5-2) struggled with their worst shooting performance of the season, but dominated the glass en route to an 82-69 victory over Indiana (8-12, 2-6) on Sunday.
The Lady Lions (16-5, 5-2) had a Jordan Center record
61 rebounds while the Hoosiers had 36 boards. Sophomores Mia Nickson and Nikki Greene combined to outrebound the Hoosiers with 17 and 20, respectively.
Nickson posted her third career double-double with
25 points and a personal-best 17 rebounds, including
14 offensive boards.
The sophomore tied her career high with six steals against the Hoosiers.
Sophomore Alex Bentley added 15 points, four rebounds and five assists in the win, while freshman guard Maggie Lucas had 16 points and four rebounds.
Greene’s 20 reboards are the most by a Penn State player since Vicki Link pulled in 20 against Rutgers on Feb. 16, 1987.
Greene also blocked five shots and tallied six points as the Lady Lions pulled in 33 offensive rebounds, but only managed
19 second-chance points.
Nickson led the Lady Lions with 10 points, four rebounds and two steals while Lucas added nine points and four boards. Greene had a game-best nine rebounds and two blocks in the opening frame. Thirteen of Penn State’s 25 rebounds came on the offensive end in the first half, but only led to eight second-chance points. Davis paced the Hoosiers with 10 points.
Back-to-back scores by Greene and Nickson gave the Lions a 74-65 lead with 1:38 on the clock. Penn State sealed the win with six free throws and a layup by Lucas.
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