East’s double-double lifts PSU to 65-52 win

UNIVERSITY PARK – Senior center Talia East had a career night, recording her second collegiate double-double performance with a personal-best 13 points and 11 rebounds to lead the No. 13 Penn State Lady Lions (14-4, 5-1 Big Ten) to a 65-52 win over Indiana (15-4, 2-4). The Lady Lions defense held strong, limiting the Hoosiers to 27.6 percent from the field and nabbing eight steals on 12 turnovers.

East was 4-for-7 from the field and hit five of her eight free throws on the way to her 13 points. In addition to her 11 boards, she also blocked on shot. Seniors Ariel Edwards and Maggie Lucas led the team in scoring with 18 points each. Edwards had a very efficient evening, shooting 6-of-8 from the floor, including one 3-pointer, and 5-of-6 at the free throw line. Edwards added eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block to complete her performance. Lucas connected on two treys and went a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe en route to her 18 points. The senior also pulled down eight boards and chipped in two assists and a steal in the winning effort.

Junior Tori Waldner also had a noteworthy game, matching her career high with 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting. The center managed to fill the rest of her stat line with four rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal.

The Lady Lions got out of the gate quickly in Wednesday’s contest, outscoring the Hoosiers 11-2 over the first six minutes of action. Edwards led the charge early, scoring seven points off three layups and a free throw. East and Waldner each added two points to complete the strong start.

The Hoosiers responded with a 10-2 during a four minute stretch to cut the deficit to just one point at the midway point of the first half with a score of 13-12. Freshman Kaliyah Mitchell was the only Lady Lion to score during the run, hitting two free throws.

Penn State bounced back in an impressive manner, reeling off a 10-0 run in less than a two-minute span to grab an 11-point lead at 23-12, its largest of the half. Lucas and Edwards exploded during the stretch, combining to score all 10 points. Lucas and Edwards hit back-to-back threes. Lucas then hit two free throws and Edwards capped the run with a layup.

The Hoosiers’ Tabitha Gerardot hit a trey to put an end to the Penn State run at the 8:03 mark. Indiana proceeded to score the next four points to make it a four-point game at 23-19.

Over the remaining six minutes of the first half the Lady Lions were able to score eight of the last 12 points to take a 31-24 lead into the halftime break. Lucas scored six of the Lions’ final eight points, hitting two jumpers and adding two makes at the charity stripe.