The Penn Stater Daily — Dec. 9, 2013

December 9, 2013 at 12:33 pm Leave a comment

A record weekend: Senior guard Maggie Lucas scored 30 points Sunday in a 77-68 win at Georgetown, in the process becoming just the fifth player in Lady Lion history to reach 2,000 points. The reigning Big Ten Player of the Year and a preseason All-American, Lucas (below) is on pace to pass Kahadeejah Herbert ’86, Tyra Grant ’10, and Susan Robinson Fruchtl ’92 en route to second place on the Penn State scoring list. The school record—2,919 points, set by Kelly Mazzante ’04—is probably safe.

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Meanwhile, the top-ranked Nittany Lion wrestlers capped a 2-0 weekend with a 28-9 victory over Pitt—a “home” win, but not in the usual sense. Instead of grappling in their usual Rec Hall digs, the Lions hosted the Panthers in front of 15,996 fans at the Bryce Jordan Center, setting records for both the largest crowd to see an NCAA dual meet and the largest crowd to see a sporting event at the BJC. If you missed it, our resident wrasslin’ expert Lori Shontz ’91 has you covered.

More from Mitchell: Late Friday, former Sen. George Mitchell released his fifth quarterly report on Penn State’s progress in meeting the Athletics Integrity Agreement—and once again, the university received a glowing review. Notable among Mitchell’s observations was the judgement that, contrary to a report last summer in Sports Illustrated, changes in the athletics medical staff had done nothing to jeopardize the health of student-athletes.

Training for the boom: The Philadelphia Inquirer on Sunday looked at how Pennsylvania College of Technology, the Penn State-affiliated campus in Williamsport, is expanding its academic offerings to help prepare students interested in working in the shale gas industry. Estimates differ wildly on how many actual jobs the Marcellus Shale boom has created, but interest in the field is undeniably high.

Gone, for good: Tyler Ferguson tells The Daily Collegian he has no regrets about coming to Penn State, despite losing the starting quarterback job—and essentially a season of eligibility—before deciding to transfer last week. Ferguson, who played sparingly after losing the starting job to Christian Hackenberg, said Bill O’Brien promised him he’d have a spot on the team next season, but told him “I think you should go somewhere and play.” The California native isn’t yet sure where he’ll land, but says “I really don’t think a lot of schools in the country could have offered me what I learned here.”

Ryan Jones, senior editor

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