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No. 11 Penn State Women Rout Minnesota 74-51

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Maggie Lucas scored 24 points and No. 11 Penn State smothered cold-shooting Minnesota to claim sole possession of the Big Ten title with a 74-51 rout Sunday.

Senior Zhaque Gray added 18 in her final game at the Jordan Center for the Lady Lions (23-5, 13-3), who led by as much as 24 in the first half and 33 in the second.

Kiara Buford had 11 points for Minnesota (14-16, 6-10), which kept pace with the league’s best rebounding team on the glass but failed to convert several second chances and easy looks inside.

Stifling defense didn’t help either, especially during Penn State’s 13-0 run over 7-plus minutes of the first half. By the time Micaella Riche hit a layup with 5:15 left in the half, Penn State stretched a nine-point lead to 31-11.

Penn State has won a season-high seven straight, including the last five by double digits.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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