HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) Maggie Lucas waved her fist and let out a howl as she peeled herself up from the floor after getting knocked down while hitting a second straight 3-pointer. Penn State had Ohio State staggering, and the Lady Lions were left standing in the end.
The top-seeded Lady Lions (25-4) had their difficulties in this one after earning a first-round bye and their second straight regular-season title with a 14-2 conference record. But they went on a big run early in the second half to break a tie and advance to Saturday's semifinals against the Michigan-Michigan State winner.
Bentley was 8 of 13 from the field. Lucas, the Big Ten player of the year, hit three 3-pointers.
Nikki Greene scored 17, and the Lady Lions shook off a slow start to shoot just over 49 percent in the game.
Tayler Hill scored 23 for Ohio State (18-13) and became the fifth Buckeyes player to hit the 2,000-point mark. She now has 2,015 in her career, but it was a tough night overall, even though she tried to inject some suspense as the game wound down.
Ohio State's hopes of playing in the NCAA Tournament are essentially shot. The Buckeyes are 18-13 on the season with only signature wins against Michigan State and That Team Up North. That probably won't be sufficient, though. The B1G TEN's reputation in women's basketball isn't great. There are also some inexcusable losses as well. The Buckeyes are in ESPN's "first four out" as of right now.