Championship Sunday for PSU

Wrestling and women's hoops programs are vying for Big Ten titles. The men's hoops team is also in televised action.

Sunday is shaping up as a big day for Penn State, as the wrestling and women's basketball programs are both vying for Big Ten championships.

As of Saturday night, the wrestlers were in first place at the Big Ten Tournament at Northwestern. The Nittany Lions put five athletes into the finals and held a slim 110.5-109 lead over Iowa heading into Sunday's action.

Andrew Long (133), Frank Molinaro (149), David Taylor (157), Ed Ruth (174) and Quentin Wright (184) are all wrestling for Big Ten titles. All five have already qualified for the NCAA Tournament (March 17-19 in Philadelphia), as have Andrew Alton (141) and Cameron Wade (heavyweight).

The Big Ten championship round can be seen on the Big Ten Network at 4 p.m.

But you better have your remote control handy. Because the women's basketball team will be playing for the Big Ten crown at about the same time.

The second-seeded Lady Lions (24-8, 11-5) used a record-breaking performance by rookie Maggie Lucas to blow past No. 11 seed Illinois 79-64 in a conference tournament semifinal in Indianapolis Saturday.

Lucas hit five 3-pointers in the game, bringing her season total to a Big Ten record 110. The mark was previously held by Ohio State's Caity Matter (106 in 2002-03).

Penn State will face the fifth-seed Buckeyes in the final. Ohio State advanced to Sunday's game by upsetting top-seeded Michigan State (72-57) thanks in part to a tournament-record 37 points from center Jantel Lavender.

The championship game airs on ESPN2 at 3:30 p.m. The Lady Lions are attempting to win their first title since 1996.

Also Sunday, the Penn State men's basketball team looks to keep its faint NCAA Tournament hopes alive when it closes out the regular season at Minnesota. The game airs at 1 p.m. on the BTN.


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