No. 11 PSU women rout No. 8 Ohio St 84-66

By Genaro C. Armas

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Feb. 20 2012 7:22 p.m. MST

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Nikki Greene had 25 points and 18 rebounds to help No. 11 Penn State beat No. 8 Ohio State 84-66 on Monday night, clinching at least a share of its first Big Ten title since 2004.

Mia Nickson also had a double-double with 18 points and 15 boards. She and Greene combined for 25 points and 19 rebounds alone in the first half as the Lady Lions (22-5, 11-3) built a 15-point halftime lead.

It was more than enough cushion against the Buckeyes (23-4, 10-4), who never got closer than 13 the rest of the way. Penn State also clinched the top seed in the conference tournament, which starts next week in Indianapolis.

Samantha Prahalis had 18 points and eight assists for Ohio State.

But Monday belonged to Lady Lions, who outrebounded the Buckeyes 60-32.

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