The nickname “Machine Gun Maggie” will hold true for another day, but last night Maggie Lucas had a militia behind her.
Although it was a lackluster scoring night for the No. 11 Lady Lions who put up a season-low in scoring numbers, they cruised to a 60-41 victory over Virginia Tech, improving their record to 8-2.
Despite the low-scoring game, it only took Lucas putting up 17 points to surpass the 1,400-point mark in her Penn State career. But Lucas was not the only one with monumental numbers; in her sixth season, coach Coquese Washington notched her 100th career win and is only the second coach in program history to reach that number.
The Hokies were the first on the board, taking an early 4-0 lead, but the Lions would control the score for the remainder of the game, never trailing after the first four minutes. But just as it started last weekend, Lucas got the offense started, knocking down a jumper followed by Dara Taylor with her first three-pointer of the night.
The militia was in full force as four players tallied 10 points or more. Taylor joined Lucas and Washington with a career day as she tied her best performance in the blue and white with 15 points and went 3-6 from beyond the arc, a career-high for her.
Virginia Tech’s leading scorer, Monet Tellier, who Washington said was the biggest threat for the Hokies, had 18 points and five rebounds on the night.
The Lions return home on Sunday to take on an 8-4 South Dakota State squad that beat Big Ten foe then-No. 18/19 Nebraska.