UNIVERSITY PARK (AP) - Zhaque Gray scored 15 points, Maggie Lucas added 14 and No. 12 Penn State beat Middle Tennessee 65-49 on Sunday to win the Lady Lion Classic.
The Lady Lions (2-0) were down by as many as 10 points twice, including a 12-2 deficit to begin the game. Penn State's first lead came with 8:50 remaining when Lucas hit a 3-pointer to cap a 12-2 Penn State run to make it 46-45.
Reserve Ariel Edwards chipped in 10 points for the Lady Lions, who were just 5 of 21 from 3-point range.
Icelyn Ellie and Kortni Jones each scored 13 points for the Blue Raiders (1-1), who took advantage of Penn State's poor shooting in the first half to take a 32-26 lead into halftime.
The Lady Lions shot 42 percent from the field in the second half. The Blue Raiders hung around, but Penn State finished the game on a 16-0 run over the final seven minutes.
That's a familiar script for Penn State, which used a 13-0 run to close out Washington State in its season opener on Friday. The Lady Lions also trailed the Cougars at halftime.
"Down the stretch there ... they made the plays they had to make, they made the shots they had to make," Middle Tennessee coach Rick Insell said. "They're one of the top teams in the country and that's why."
Coach Coquese Washington attributed her team's strong finish to their fitness.
"I think we're in pretty good shape," Washington said. "When teams tire out, we're still ready to go; we still have lots of energy."
Besides a sluggish start, a sore spot for Penn State was 3-point shooting. The Lady Lions were the top 3-point shooting team in the country last season, but started Sunday's game 0 of 10 from beyond the arc.
"Miss 20, make the next 30," Lucas said with a grin.
Lucas, the team's best outside shooter, finished 3 of 9 from beyond the arc Sunday.