From the Penn State University Athletic Department
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. - After posting its best Big Ten campaign since 2003-04, the Penn State Lady Lions (22-8, 11-5) were rewarded by having four different players be honored with Big Ten postseason awards. Guard Maggie Lucas (Narberth, Pa.) leads the selections after winning both the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year. Additionally, sophomore guard Alex Bentley (Indianapolis, Ind.) garnered first team All-Big Ten honors for the first time in her career, while senior guard/forward Julia Trogele (Devon, Pa.) and sophomore center Nikki Greene (Diboll, Texas) were honorable mention choices. Lucas was also an All-Big Ten choice (second - media; third - coaches). Greene was also named to the Big Ten All-Defensive team.
"I'm really happy for all of our players," head coach Coquese Washington said. "They each have a tremendous impact on our program and it's always nice to be recognized for a job well done."
Lucas is just the second Lady Lion to win Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors, joining Kelly Mazzante, who won the award in 2001. She is also the first Penn State player to claim Sixth Player of the Year accolades. In addition to her major awards, Lucas was named to the All-Big Ten second team by the media and the third team by the coaches. She also earned a spot on the Big Ten All-Freshman team for her efforts.
Lucas has made an immediate impact for the Lady Lions, as she is sixth in the Big Ten in scoring at a 16.3 per game rate. Lucas, who took home a conference-record eight Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors, leads the league and is second in the NCAA in three-pointers per game (3.4). The Narberth, Pa. native is also third in the Big Ten and in the Top 10 nationally in three-point field goal percentage (.449). Lucas' 12 games with 20 or more points this season are the most since Mazzante tallied 10 20-point outings as a rookie.