PSU women hand Michigan State first Big Ten loss

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Dara Taylor scored 18 points, 10 coming at the free throw line, as No. 16 Penn State handed Michigan State its first Big Ten loss, 66-54 on Sunday.

Penn State trailed 34-27 at halftime, but outscored Michigan State 24-10 midway through the second half – highlighted by an 11-0 run- for a 51-44 lead. Aerial Powers scored Michigan States final eight points and pulled her team to within five points, but Penn State made 7 of 8 free throws in the final minute.

Ariel Edwards and Maggie Lucas added 16 apiece for Penn State (13-4, 4-1). The Lady Lions shot just 33.3 percent, but made 26 of 36 free throws compared to nine makes by the Spartans.

Michigan State (12-6, 4-1) was paced by Annalise Pickrel with 17 points, while Klarissa Bell and Powers added 12 each for the Spartans. Powers grabbed 10 rebounds and Bell had nine.

PENN ST. (13-4)

East 2-4 3-4 7, Edwards 6-12 4-6 16, Waldner 1-3 0-0 2, Taylor 4-15 10-14 18, Lucas 5-19 4-4 16, Agee 0-2 1-2 1, Sevillian 0-0 0-0 0, Harris 0-0 0-0 0, Mitchell 1-2 4-6 6, Whitted 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-57 26-36 66.

MICHIGAN ST. (12-6)

Pickrel 7-13 2-4 17, Mills 1-8 0-0 2, Johnson 0-10 0-0 0, Bell 5-9 0-0 12, Powers 4-7 4-5 12, Jankoska 2-7 2-2 8, Hines 0-3 0-0 0, Harris 0-0 0-0 0, Agee 0-2 1-2 1, Williams 1-4 0-1 2. Totals 20-63 9-14 54.

Halftime-Michigan St. 34-27. 3-Point Goals-Penn St. 2-8 (Lucas 2-7, Edwards 0-1), Michigan St. 5-19 (Jankoska 2-4, Bell 2-5, Pickrel 1-5, Agee 0-1, Powers 0-1, Johnson 0-3). Fouled Out-Bell. Rebounds-Penn St. 42 (Mitchell 10), Michigan St. 46 (Powers 10). Assists-Penn St. 7 (Edwards, Taylor 2), Michigan St. 14 (Johnson 8). Total Fouls-Penn St. 15, Michigan St. 23. A-9,232.