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Maggie Lucas scores 23, No. 9 Penn State women pull away to beat Ohio State, 74-54

  • Penn State's Ariel Edwards (23) shoots over Ohio State's Amy Scullion (25) and Darryce Moore (22) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mike Munden)

    Penn State's Ariel Edwards (23) shoots over Ohio State's Amy Scullion (25) and Darryce Moore (22) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mike Munden)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ohio State's Amy Scullion (25) tries to slow down Penn State's Ariel Edwards (23) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mike Munden)

    Ohio State's Amy Scullion (25) tries to slow down Penn State's Ariel Edwards (23) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mike Munden)  (The Associated Press)

Maggie Lucas had 23 points, including 12 during a 21-3 run, to lead No. 9 Penn State past Ohio State 74-54 on Sunday.

Dara Taylor and Talia East each added 12 points for the Nittany Lions (18-5, 9-2 Big Ten), who took over the top spot in the conference a day earlier when Michigan State lost at Nebraska. They had won six in a row before a 73-70 loss to Iowa on Thursday night.

Raven Ferguson and Ameryst Alston each scored 16 points for the Buckeyes (14-13, 4-7), who have lost six of eight. Alston, fourth in the Big Ten in scoring at 17.4 points a game, was held out of the starting lineup after she showed up late for the morning shootaround, held during a snow squall.

Penn State has won the last five meetings with the Buckeyes.

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