STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Alex Bentley scored 21 points and No. 22 Penn State beat Iowa 68-52 on Sunday, hours after longtime Nittany Lions football coach Joe Paterno died of cancer.
There was a pregame moment of silence for Paterno, the winningest coach in college football. The Lady Lions also sported black bands on their uniforms as a tribute.
Down 48-50 with 6:32 remaining, Penn State (15-4, 5-2 Big Ten) closed with a 20-2 run.
Ariel Edwards added 17 points and 11 rebounds for Penn State, which shot 24 of 71 (34 percent) and 1 of 7 (14 percent) from 3-point range.
Kamille Whalin led Iowa (11-9, 3-4) with a season-high 21 points. The Hawkeyes committed 15 turnovers and were outrebounded 53-34.
The Lady Lions, who entered Sunday ranked 15th in the nation in field goal percentage, started off sluggish. They shot 12 of 37 (32 percent) in the first half and trailed 32-31 at the break.