No. 11 Penn State 81, Villanova 70
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) _ Lisa Shepherd scored 23 points and Kelly Mazzante had 10 of her 12 as No. 11 Penn State took command in the second half of an 81-70 victory Friday night over Villanova.
Mazzante’s surge began with a basket after Shepherd scored to break a 63-63 tie _ the last of eight in the second half.
Maren Walseth added 15 points for Penn State (2-0), which also got 14 from Katrena Carr. Rashana Barnes had 18 rebounds for the Nittany Lions.
Shepherd put Penn State ahead to stay on a layup with 4:13 let to play. Mazzante then scored six straight points and Shepherd converted a layup for an 8-0 run. Penn State sank 23 of 33 free throws in the second half and hit 28 of 39 for the game.
Villanova (0-1) could get no closer than seven points down the stretch. Trish Juhline had 15 points, Brandi Barnes 14, and Katie Davis and Mimi Riley 13 apiece. Davis and Juhline had three 3-pointers each and Villanova converted 7 of 14 for the game.
Villanova went on an 11-3 run in the first five minutes of the second half and regained the lead at 40-38 on Davis’ 3-pointer with 15:18 left. Davis hit another less than three minutes later to give Villanova its biggest lead of the second half at 47-44 with 12:58 remaining.
After it got the opening basket of the game, Villanova trailed throughout the first half. Penn State built a 30-23 lead with just over two minutes left before the half, but Villanova rallied within 35-29 at halftime.