Maggie Lucas named Big Ten Freshman of the Year; Alex Bentley on First Team

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If you have followed any part of the Lady Lions’ 2010-11 season, this probably isn’t much of a surprise. But today Maggie Lucas was named the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Freshman of the Year:

“Lucas led all Big Ten freshmen with 16.3 points per game en route to the Freshman and Sixth Player of the Year awards. The Lady Lion newcomer made 102 three-point field goals, the most in the Big Ten this season and tied for the second-most in a single season all-time in the conference. Lucas is the second player in Penn State history, and the first since 2001, to receive top freshman honors. She is also the first Lady Lion to receive Sixth Player of the Year accolades.”

Alex Bentley garnered first team All-Big Ten honors for the first time in her career.

“Bentley is the 11th player in school history to claim first team All-Big Ten accolades from the coaches, joining the likes of Mazzante, Helen Darling, Tanisha Wright and Tyra Grant.”

Senior guard/forward Julia Trogele and sophomore center Nikki Greene were honorable mention choices. Lucas was also an All-Big Ten choice (2nd – media; 3rd – coaches). Greene was also named to the Big Ten All-Defensive team.

So all the while, Penn State preps for the Big Ten tournament, which starts this Thursday in Indy. The Lady Lions earned a No. 2 seed and first round bye. We’ll have a post tomorrow morning with a quick overview of that, so stay tuned.

For now, congrats to Maggie and the rest of the Lady Lions for one hell of a regular season.

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