PSU women's veterans seek elusive Big 10 title

GENARO C. ARMAS AP Sports Writer Published:

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- For all of Penn State's recent success in the Big Ten, one goal remains elusive for the Lady Lions.

Eighth-ranked Penn State hasn't won a Big Ten tournament since 1996.

Coach Coquese Washington hopes those fortunes change when the league tournament begins this week in suburban Chicago.

Penn State is the top seed for a second straight year. Nebraska, Purdue and Michigan State are next, and all four teams get first-round byes -- meaning they don't have to play until Friday. The other eight Big Ten teams start play Thursday.

The Lady Lions are the prohibitive favorites behind their star backcourt of Alex Bentley and Maggie Lucas, the conference player of the year. Still, league coaches say the Big Ten is as tough as ever from top to bottom.