Michigan State Tops Penn State, 75-53

Jan. 5, 2006

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Liz Shimek scored 22 points and set a school record for rebounds in a career, leading Michigan State to a 75-53 victory over Penn State on Thursday night.

Shimek had 18 points and seven of her eight rebounds in the second half for the No. 11 Spartans (11-3, 2-0 Big Ten), who closed out the victory with a 20-0 run. The senior forward has 968 career rebounds, four more than the previous mark set by WNBA player Kristen Rasmussen.

Rene Haynes added a season-best 14 points, and Victoria Lucas Perry added 14 as Michigan State won its 21st straight home game.

Lindsay Bowen had eight points and moved past Rasmussen into fourth place on the Spartans' career scoring list with 1,495 points. She added seven assists.

Penn State (6-8, 0-3) had four players in double figures. Kamela Gissendanner scored 17 points, Amanda Brown 15 before fouling out, Adrienne Squire 11, and Brianne O'Rourke finished with 10.

Michigan State led 36-28 at halftime and 45-32 with 16:28 left, but the Lady Lions chipped away with three 3-pointers and closed within 55-53.

The Spartans controlled the game in the last 6:45, tightening its defensive pressure and getting eight points from Shimek.

Michigan State beat Penn State for the first time in back-to-back meetings and for just the fifth time in the 26-game series.