Maggie Lucas scored 19 points and the Lady Lions held Division II California, Pa., to 18 percent shooting in a 95-39 win in an exhibition game.
Nikki Greene added 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Lady Lions, the preseason pick to win the Big Ten.
While she's satisfied with where her squad is a week before the regular season open, coach Coquese Washington said there was still room for improvement.
"I think there were times where we got away from the game plan because we had a lead and we could try some things," said Washington. "We have to be a little bit more disciplined on both ends of the floor."
California was limited to just 12 of 72 shooting, and the Lady Lions collected 17 steals while forcing 27 turnovers.
The Vulcans' high point was a 3-2 lead 19 seconds into the game on an open 3 from the corner by Stephanie Michael, who finished with 11 points.
But it was all the Lady Lions from there. Penn State carried a 48-23 lead into the break and went on an 11-2 run to start the second half.
California was coached by former Penn State point guard Jess Strom, a three-time All-Big Ten selection from 2002-2005. She was a part of two regular-season conference titles in Happy Valley.
"I think our team was different, but it's the same excitement," said Strom. "It's the same energy. It's just that Penn State feel. There are a lot of similarities in that the winning tradition is back."
Washington said she wanted better output on the offensive glass, where her team was outrebounded 23-15—though the Lady Lions had the rebounding edge overall 53-39.
Penn State packed the paint defensively, forcing the Vulcans to try to hit from outside. California shot just 6 of 27 from long distance, including 2 of 15 in the second half.
Greene collected a team-high six rebounds and 15 points in the second half.
Penn State had 20 assists, including four each from backcourt mates Lucas and Bentley. Their chemistry was on display late in the second half as Lucas drove and spun in the lane, and dished to Bentley on the wing. Bentley hit a mid-range jumper to put Penn State ahead by 52.
"Overall, I thought we played well and did a lot of great things," said Lucas. "We got out and ran and battled pretty hard. It was just a good opportunity to learn."
Guard Dara Taylor, a transfer from Maryland, had a team-high five assists.
"It's been awhile since I got to play a game," Taylor said. "But my teammates played great so it was for me to get comfortable."
Penn State opens its schedule Nov. 11 at home against Howard . Until then, the Lady Lions will learn from Saturday's exhibition.
"We're going to try to get better each and every day," Bentley said. "But as long as we're playing at our highest level and highest potential at the end of the year we'll be happy."
Emma Mahady added 10 points and eight rebounds for California.