UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (AP) — Lindsey Pulliam and Veronica Burton scored 19 points apiece and No. 23 Northwestern took over in the third quarter and cruised to an 82-59 win over Penn State on Sunday.
Abbie Wolf added 15 points and Abi Scheid 13 for the Wildcats, who moved into a tie with Iowa atop the Big Ten Conference, a half-game in front of Maryland.
Trailing 38-37 at halftime, Northwestern (19-3, 9-2) hit all five of its 3-point attempts and 11 of 19 overall to outscore Penn State 29-7 in the third quarter.
Scheid, who had 10 points in the quarter, started the run with a jumper in the paint. Burton followed with a 3-pointer, Scheid contributed a triple and Pulliam closed it with a 3. Just for good measure, Scheid hit a buzzer-beating 3 after a Penn State free throw for a 66-45 lead. The Nittany Lions went 3 of 14 and missed 10 straight shots into the fourth quarter.
Scheid was 3 for 3 from distance after going 6 for 6 two weeks ago when the Wildcats beat Penn State 85-59.
Pulliam led Northwestern with seven rebounds. Burton and Wolf were both 7-of-11 shooting with seven rebounds. Burton added seven assists and Wolf four, plus three steals and two blocks. Scheid was 5 of 6 as the Wildcats went 7 of 13 from distance and shot 51% overall.
Kamaria McDaniel led Penn State (7-15, 1-10), which has lost eight straight and 11 of 12, with 16 points and Siyeh Frazier added 15.
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