East Lansing — Dara Taylor scored 18 points as 16th-ranked Penn State handed Michigan State its first Big Ten loss, 66-54 on Sunday.
Penn State’s victory created a three-team tie for first place in the Big Ten with Penn State (13-4), Michigan State (12-6) and Michigan (13-5) all 4-1 in the conference. Nebraska could have made it a four-way tie, but the Cornhuskers were upset by Purdue, 77-75.
Penn State trailed 34-27 at halftime, but an 11-0 run helped them take a 51-44 lead. Aerial Powers scored Michigan State’s final eight points and pulled her team to within five points, but Penn State made 7 of 8 free throws in the final minute.
Michigan State (12-6, 4-1) was paced by Annalise Pickrel with 17 points, while Klarissa Bell and Powers added 12 each for the Spartans. Powers grabbed 10 rebounds and Bell had nine.
Bowling Green 69, (at) Western Michigan 64: Shayne Whittington contributed 18 points and eight rebounds for WMU (9-7, 2-2 Mid-American Conference). The Broncos led at halftime, 39-27.