STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Maggie Lucas scored 21 points and Alex Bentley made eight steals, tying her career high, to lead No. 11 Penn State to an 82-37 rout of New Jersey Institute of Technology on Sunday.
The Lady Lions (10-2), in their final game before starting Big Ten Conference play, raced to a 44-9 halftime lead against the Highlanders (6-7) of the Great West Conference.
Bentley had six steals in the first half, when NJIT turned the ball over 15 times and shot 17.4 percent (4 of 23). The Lady Lions, who won their 12th straight home game, closed the half with a 24-2 run.
Lucas scored 13 first-half points and was 5-for-8 from 3-point range overall. She is shooting 52.6 percent behind the arc for the season.
Melanie Griffin led the Highlanders with 10 points. Rayven Johnson, who was averaging 18.4 points per game, made 2 of 16 shots for four points.