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Penn State basketball: Lady Lions Lucas, Studevent honored

From CDT staff reportsFebruary 27, 2013 

— Penn State junior guard Maggie Lucas was named the Big Ten Player of the Week by the conference on Tuesday after averaging 21.5 points, 7 rebounds and 3.5 assists in two wins for the Lady Lions last week.

This is the third Big Ten Player of the Week honor for Lucas this season and the fourth of her career.

In Wednesday’s 95-62 win over Illinois, she scored 22 points on a 7-for-11 shooting night, including a 3-for-5 effort from long range. She also tallied nine rebounds, five assists and a block against the Illini.

In Sunday’s win over Michigan in front of 14,173 fans, Lucas registered 21 points, five rebounds, two assists and three steals as the Lady Lions clinched at least a share of their second straight Big Ten regular-season title.

With her performance against the Wolverines, Lucas became the eighth player in school history with 1,700 points and moved into a tie for third on the Big Ten’s career three-pointers.

Lady Lion senior Gizelle Studevent was selected to the inaugural Allstate WBCA Good Works Team on Tuesday.

The team is composed of 10 women’s basketball student-athletes who have made outstanding contributions in the areas of volunteerism and civic involvement. The 10-member team features five student-athletes from Division I and five student-athletes from Division II, III and the NAIA. Allstate also announced its 10-member Allstate NABC Good Works Team for men’s basketball.

“The men and women being recognized with this award have demonstrated a commitment to excellence on and off the court,” said Pam Hollander, senior director of marketing for Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2013 NABC and WBCA Good Works Team® selection panels. “Allstate commends these student-athletes for their contributions and are very proud to introduce the inaugural NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams.”

After being bullied in high school, Studevent used an independent study project at Penn State to create “Penn State Athletes Take Action.” The program works with the Centre County Women’s Resource Center (CCWRC) to develop a program to take into local middle schools to talk with students about bullying and bully prevention on a monthly basis.

Throughout her development of the program, Studevent has enlisted the help of several other student-athletes,including athletes from women’s basketball, track & field, soccer, cheerleading, football and dance team, to go to weekly training sessions at the CCWRC and then on to present at local middle schools.

Studevent is joined on the NCAA Division I team by Auburn’s Blanche Alverson, Oklahoma’s Whitney Hand, Brown’s Caroline King and Purdue’s Drey Mingo. The NCAA Division II, III and NAIA team is comprised of California State’s Amanda Deal, Merrimack’s Kathryn Ganser, Skidmore’s Logan Frederick, RIT’s Kayla Wheeler and Ave Maria’s Emily Huber.

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