UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Virginia Tech women’s basketball team struggled offensively, shooting just 23.5 percent from the field on Tuesday night as No. 17/18 Penn State picked up a 66-28 win at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa.
“We played hard for 30 minutes and clearly hit a wall offensively with about 11 minutes to go in the game,” said head coach Dennis Wolff. “We still commend their effort defensively, but we have to play more efficiently on offense to give us a chance in these games.”
Penn State (7-2) was led by Maggie Lucas with 20 points and eight rebounds while Nikki Greene tallied 14 points and Alex Bentley added 11.
Both teams got off to a slow start as PSU held a slight 3-2 advantage after five minutes of play. The Hokies and the Lady Lions were tied at six with 12:39 on the clock before Penn State opened up the scoring, going on a 14-0 run to go up 20-6 with 6:39 remaining in the half. Tech cut the lead down to 10 twice over the final five minutes of the half, but the Lady Lions took a 27-15 advantage into the break.
Coming out of the intermission, Penn State opened with an 11-4 run, jumping out to a 38-19 lead at the 16:28 mark. The Hokies responded outscoring PSU 9-2, cutting the deficit down to 40-28, but the Lady Lions answered with a run of their own to extend their lead to 20 (48-28) with just over nine minutes remaining. Virginia Tech went scoreless over the final minutes as Penn State claimed the win.
PSU shot 53.1 percent (26-of-49) from the field while the Hokies had opportunities, but were 12-of-51. The Lady Lions held a 39-31 advantage on the boards. Tech tallied five blocks in the game and picked up seven steals.
After four road games, Tech will return home for its next contest, hosting North Carolina Central on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 1:30 p.m. in Cassell Coliseum.
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