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No. 9 Penn St. Rallies To Beat Minnesota 78-74

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Maggie Lucas scored 24 points, leading No. 9 Penn State past Minnesota 78-74 in Friday’s Big Ten tournament quarterfinals.

The top-seeded Nittany Lions (24-5) trailed by as much as 13 in the first half and will face either fourth-seeded Purdue or fifth-seeded Michigan State in Saturday’s semifinals.

Minnesota (15-17) was led by freshman Rachel Banham with 25 points, not enough to avoid its third loss of the season to the Big Ten regular-season champs.

Penn State used a late 11-3 run to get within 36-29 at halftime, then scored the first six points of the second half and used a 10-0 run to take a 45-38 lead with 14:20 to play. The Golden Gophers closed to 73-71 with 26.9 seconds to go but Penn State sealed it with free throws.

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