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Hawkeyes can’t contain Penn State’s Lucas

[ 0 ] January 5, 2014 |

For a player as prolific as Penn State’s Maggie Lucas, her first half production against the Iowa women’s basketball team was pedestrian.

Although she scored 11 points within the first six minutes of the contest, Lucas didn’t register any offense the rest of the first half and didn’t record her first points again until midway through the second half. The Hawkeyes held the Big Ten’s top player in check.

But the last 10 minutes of the game was anything but pedestrian for Lucas.

Penn State's Maggie Lewis, right, scored (David Scrivner/Press-Citizen)

Penn State’s Maggie Lucas, right, scored 27 points Sunday against Iowa. (David Scrivner/Press-Citizen)

The senior guard, who appears up and down Penn State’s record book, scored 16 points on 4-of-10 shooting and 6-of-6 from the free-throw line in the final minutes as Penn State sealed an 87-71 win over Iowa.

“(Lucas) got two quick 3s against in the zone (in the first six minutes of the first half), and she got on fire a little bit,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said.

Lucas entered Sunday’s game averaging 21.1 points per game, and exceeded that against the Hawkeyes with 27 total. Her performance from beyond the arc aided that as she shot 5-of-11 from 3-point range.

Samantha Logic held the assignment of defending Lucas most of the day, a difficult task for any player in the country.

Logic acknowledged Lucas’ superior play.

“She can do everything,” Logic said. “She knows how to redirect her teammates and get open a different way. … She drives so hard to the basket to set up a fade away pull up. Those are the shots you want her to take, if anything. But she knocks those down.

“She’s almost completely unguardable if she hits that.”

CRASH THE BOARDS: Rebounding has been a problem for Iowa this season, and that didn’t change on Sunday.

Same with second-chance points.

In two Big Ten games, Bluder’s bunch has failed to take control on the boards, in turn creating second-chance opportunities. Against Indiana on Thursday, the Hawkeyes were outpaced 42-39 and 14-11 in rebounding and second chance points, respectively. It was a much larger gap on Sunday: Penn State led 50-34 in rebounds and 16-1 in second-chance points.

The leading rebounder for Iowa on Sunday was Claire Till with eight.

“We got beat by 16, and the margin of offensive second-chance points was 15,” Bluder said. “If we could just clear one thing in my opinion it would be our box outs.”

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