Maggie Lucas scored 18 points and No. 15 Penn State held off Hartford 70-56 Sunday in University Park.
Penn State (9-3) started the second half with a 10-4 run, opening up a 47-35 lead with 14:49 remaining. Hartford would never again get closer than nine.
Hartford kept the game close throughout the first 20 minutes but the Lady Lions pulled away by dominating the interior. They outrebounded Hartford 47-30, including 15-6 on the offensive glass, and outscored the Hawks 40-14 in the paint and 14-5 on second chance points.
Alyssa Englert, who came into the game with 14 assists all season, recorded a career-high nine for the Hawks (3-10). Cherelle Moore scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Katelyn Skinner, a redshirt freshman from Homer City, played one minute, but did not score for Hartford.
Ariel Edwards added 15 points and seven rebounds for Penn State, which failed to convert a 3-point basket (0-for-8) for the first time this season.