Spartans Take Down Wolverines, 60-55
Jan. 4, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Using a 19-5 run midway through the second half, the Michigan State women's basketball team erased a halftime deficit to beat Michigan, 60-55 on Wednesday night at the Breslin Center. The win was the Spartans' 18th in the last 19 meetings with the Wolverines, including winning the last 10 games.
The Spartans, who improve to 10-5 overall and 2-0 in Big Ten play, were led by 13 points from senior Porsche Poole. Classmate Lykendra Johnson and freshman Jasmine Hines each added nine points. Junior Courtney Schiffauer had a career high 11 rebounds, helping MSU to a 44-29 advantage on the glass.
Behind its largest crowd of the season (9,718 fans), Michigan State jumped out to an 8-1 lead in the first three-plus minutes. Michigan (12-3, 1-1) would put together a 12-1 run of its own to take a 17-12 lead with just under eight minutes to go in the half. The Spartans would retake a lead on a couple occasions, but went to the break down 27-24.
The Wolverines maintained the lead in the opening minutes of the second half, but the Spartans posted an extended 19-5 run over a span of 10:53 to gain a lead it would not relinquish. The run, which brought the score to 48-38 MSU, was capped off by nine unanswered points, including six points and an assist from Hines. Michigan closed within three with 22 seconds left, but freshman Kiana Johnson hit both ends of an 1-and-1 to seal the victory.
The Spartans return to action on Saturday, when they head to No. 22/20 Penn State for a 2 p.m. tip on CBS.
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