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No. 7 Penn State women beat Michigan 68-57 to clinch share of Big 10 regular-season title

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    Penn State's Maggie Lucas (33) shoots against Michigan during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in State College, Pa., Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson)The Associated Press

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    Penn State's Alex Bentley (20) drives against Michigan's Jenny Ryan (24)) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in State College, Pa., Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson)The Associated Press

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    Penn State's Alex Bentley (20) reaches in for a loose ball around Michigan's Kate Thompson (12) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in State College, Pa., Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson)The Associated Press

Junior Maggie Lucas scored 21 points and No. 7 Penn State held off a late Michigan charge to clinch at least a share of its second straight Big Ten regular-season title on Senior Day with a 68-57 win Sunday.

Alex Bentley had 11 points and four steals, and set the emotional tone in the final appearance at the Jordan Center for the vocal guard and the other four seniors who helped bring the Lady Lions (23-3, 13-1) back to Big Ten prominence.

After trailing by 19 early, Michigan (19-8, 8-6) clawed back to within four with 8 minutes left with the help of two 3s from Kate Thompson (25 points) during a 12-4 second-half run.

Penn State turned to defense to hold on and finish unbeaten at home. The Lady Lions nearly frittered away an early big lead built during an 18-0 run in the first half.