Penn State clinches share of women’s title

Published 11:19 pm Monday, February 20, 2012

PARK RIDGE, Ill. — Penn State clinched at least a share of the Big Ten Championship with an 84-66 victory over Ohio State on Monday night at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa.

It marks the program’s sixth Big Ten Championship and its first since the 2003-04 campaign.

Boasting a 12-3 conference record, the Lady Lions also clinched the top overall seed in next week’s Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, which will be held March 1-4 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The top seed has won five of the 17 tournament championships, including two of the last three.

In Monday’s game, all five Penn State starters finished with 10 or more points, and three Lady Lions recorded double-doubles, led by Nikki Greene’s 25-point, 15-rebound performance. Mia Nickson added 18 points and 15 boards to help Penn State earn the win. Tayler Hill and Samantha Prahalis each finished with 16 points to lead Ohio State.