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February 20. 2013 1:04AM
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EAST LANSING, Mich. — Nikki Greene scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead No. 9 Penn State to a 76-55 win over Michigan State on Sunday.

The backcourt of Dara Taylor, Alex Bentley and Maggie Lucas also produced 43 points for the No. 9 Nittany Lions (12-2, 2-0 Big Ten) against the nation's second-ranked scoring defense.

Greene was 6-for-9 from the field, while Taylor was 7-for-10 in scoring 18 points.

Becca Mills had 17 points, including three 3-pointers, for the Spartans (13-2, 1-1), who hadn't allowed more than 60 all season. Jasmine Hines added 12 points.

Penn State shot 52 percent from the field, including hitting 58 percent of its 3-pointers. The Nittany Lions dominated on defense also blocking seven shots and holding the Spartans to 29 percent shooting.

Penn State led by two before scoring 11 straight points to go up 26-13. The Nittany Lions led by nine at the half.

Lucas picked up her third foul in the opening seconds of the second half but soon delivered a baseline drive and free throw for a 40-27 advantage. Two putbacks and a foul shot by Greene plus a layup by Mia Nickson made it 47-29 and gave Penn State four players with nine points.

The lead grew to 23 with another 10-3 spurt midway through the second half and reached 26 in the final minutes, as the Nittany Lions snapped a four-game series losing streak.

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