UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Maggie Lucas scored 33 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help Penn State beat St. Francis University 117-77 in a season opener Friday night.
The Nittany Lions shot 53.4 percent of the game, including a 21-for-37 effort in the second half.
With a 10-point lead midway through the first half, Penn State went on a 20-7 run to take a 49-26 lead late in the half. They closed the game on a 54-27 run, grabbing their biggest lead of 40 points.
Lucas shot 8-for-18 from the field and hit all 16 of her free throws. Ariel Edwards had 23 points and Dara Taylor had 14 for Penn State. Kaliyah Mitchell was the fourth Nittany Lion in double figures, scoring 11 points.
Alexa Hayward contributed 20 points and hit six 3-pointers for the Red Flash.
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