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Bentley leads Penn State past Ohio State

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Associated Press
January 31, 2011
— Alex Bentley had 21 points and seven assists to help Penn State beat No. 23 Ohio State,

80-71, on Sunday.


Maggie Lucas added 18 points, hitting six three-pointers, for the Nittany Lions (18-5, 7-2 Big Ten). Penn State, which leads the NCAA hitting 44 percent of its three-pointers, made 7 of 12 against Ohio State in remaining in a first-place tie with Wisconsin.


The Nittany Lions capitalized on defense, scoring 20 points off of 13 turnovers. Penn State also had eight steals on the afternoon.


“Our biggest problem was not taking care of the ball,” Ohio State coach Jim Foster said. “We had some opportunities, and we were in just too much of a hurry. You can’t do that on the road and expect to win the game.”


Julia Trogele added 14 points and four steals for Penn State.


Ohio State (13-8, 4-5) lost its second straight Big Ten contest. The Buckeyes have won six straight Big Ten titles, but are tied for fifth in the conference.


Jantel Lavender led the Buckeyes with 26 points and six rebounds. Tayler Hill added 18 points.


Big Ten

-- (18) Iowa 80, Illinois 69—At Champaign, Ill., Morgan Johnson had 17 points and 13 rebounds, Kachine Alexander scored 19 points, and Jaime Printy added 17 for Iowa (17-5,


5-4).


Illinois (7-15, 2-7) closed to 68-65 in the final two minutes, but Kelly Krei hit a three-pointer and Kamille Wahlin and Printy each added two free throws to seal the victory. Wahlin finished with 13 points and Krei had 11.


Karisma Penn had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Illini.


-- In other Big Ten games Sunday, Purdue defeated Indiana, 71-57, in West Lafayette, Ind., and Minnesota beat Michigan, 60-50, in Minneapolis.


Top 25 highlights

-- (1) Baylor 63, (6) Texas A&M 60—At College Station, Texas, Odyssey Sims scored 25 points and Brittney Griner had 17 points and 12 rebounds to help top-ranked Baylor (19-1,


5-1 Big 12) edge the Aggies


(18-2, 6-1).


The victory was Baylor’s 16th straight.


-- (12) DePaul 78, (8) West Virginia 55—At Chicago, Keisha Hampton scored 16 points to lead five DePaul players in double figures as the Blue Demons routed West Virginia.


Felicia Chester and Taylor Pikes each had 15 points for DePaul (21-2, 8-0 Big East), which has won 18 of its last 19 games.


West Virginia (19-3, 5-3) lost consecutive games for the first time in nearly a year.


-- (16) Miami 84, (25) Georgia Tech 74, OT—At Coral Gables, Fla., Riquna Williams scored 27 points to lead Miami (20-2, 6-1 ACC) to an overtime victory over Georgia Tech (18-6, 6-2).



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