UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Maggie Lucas scored 18 points and No. 15 Penn State held off Hartford 70-56 Sunday.
Penn State (9-3) started the second half with a 10-4 run, opening up a 47-35 lead with 14:49 remaining. Hartford would never again get closer than nine.
Hartford kept the game close throughout the first 20 minutes but the Lady Lions pulled away by dominating the interior. They out-rebounded Hartford 47-30, including 15-6 on the offensive glass, and outscored the Hawks 40-14 in the paint and 14-5 on second chance points.
Alyssa Englert, who came into the game with 14 assists all season, recorded a career-high nine for the Hawks (3-10). Cherelle Moore scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Ariel Edwards added 15 points and seven rebounds for Penn State, which failed to convert a 3-point basket (0 for 8) for the first time this season.