The No. 4 seed Penn State Lady Lions defeated the No. 13 seed UTEP Miners, 85-77, in the First Round of the 2012 Women's NCAA Tournament on Sunday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, La. in the Kingston Regional.
The game was tied at halftime, 39-39. Penn State was able to separate themselves from UTEP with a 13-4 run early in the second half. The Lady Lions held off the Miners by going 25-31 from the free throw line. Penn State made 7-9 from the free throw line over the final 2:19 of the game.
Penn State was led by 23 points from Maggie Lucas. Alex Bentley chipped in 21 points for the Lady Lions. UTEP was paced by 18 points from Gloria Brown.
Penn State is advancing to the Second Round and on March 20 will face the winner of the (5) LSU-San Diego State (12) matchup.
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