STATE COLLEGE — Maggie Lucas, the top free throw shooter in the nation, shot No. 11 Penn State into the lead from the line with less than 4 minutes to play, sparking the Nittany Lions on a 20-9 run to close out Wisconsin Sunday, 78-68.
Now 148 for 153 from the line this season, Lucas was 8-for-8 in the game and fueled the closing run with four free throws and a field goal. She finished with 25 points to lead Penn State.
Ariel Edwards scored 16 points and pulled down nine rebounds for the Nittany Lions (20-5, 11-2 Big 10), with Tori Waldner and Dara Taylor adding 10 points each. Penn State shot 44.6 percent from the field (29 of 65) and was a collective 18 for 21 from the line.
Michala Johnson scored 19 points to lead Wisconsin (10-15, 3-10), with Nicole Bauman and Taylor Wurtz adding 17 and 16 points, respectively.
No. 1 Connecticut 63, South Florida 38
TAMPA, Fla. — Bria Hartley scored 18 points and Breanna Stewart and Stefanie Dolson each had 15 to help No. 1 Connecticut remain unbeaten.
The Huskies (26-0, 13-0 American Athletic Conference) also got 12 points, eight rebounds and eight assists from 5-foot-7 guard Moriah Jefferson while holding USF (13-11, 8-5) to 26 percent shooting.
Inga Orekhova made four 3-pointers and led USF with 13 points, but the Bulls leading scorer Courtney Williams was limited to seven points — matching a season low — on 3 of 18 shooting.
UConn won an earlier matchup between the teams by 28 three weeks ago, and the defending national champions had little difficulty extending their winning streak to 32 consecutive games despite playing without All-American forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, who is expected to be sidelined three to six weeks because of mononucleosis.