Jan. 6, 2011
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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Kalisha Keane had 12 points and 11 rebounds, Porsche Poole also scored 12 points, and No. 11 Michigan State overcame a rocky start and beat Wisconsin 62-43 Thursday night for its 12th straight win.
Brittney Thomas and Klarissa Bell added 10 points each as the balanced Spartans (14-1, 2-0 Big Ten) trailed 20-10, then used a 30-4 run that spanned both halves to win their 15th straight at home and extend the best start in school history.
Alyssa Karel had 16 points for the Badgers (7-8, 2-1), who had beaten the Spartans four straight times.
Keane finished 4 for 16 from the field after missing nine of 10 shots in the first half. Lykendra Johnson had 10 of her 12 rebounds and all four of her blocked shots in the first half as Michigan State scored the last 11 points for a 21-20 lead.
With the win...
- MSU improves to 14-1 on the season and have won 12 straight.
- The record improves the best start in program history.
- The 12-game winning streak is the second longest in program history. The Spartans had a 17-game streak in 2005. The winning streak is also tied for the fifth longest active streak in the country.
- MSU has won its last eight Big Ten regular season games and 12 of its last 13. The eight consecutive conference wins is the second longest run in program history. The Spartans won 11 straight between the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons.
- The 2-0 start in Big Ten play is just the eighth in program history and first since 2006-07 and the first under Coach Merchant.
- The Spartans have won 15 in a row at the Breslin Center and improve to 222-78 all-time in the building. The 15-game winning streak is tied for the second longest home winning streak in program history. The streak is tied for the 13th longest active streak in the country.
- Under Coach Merchant, MSU is now 61-6 when holding its opponent under 60 points, including 11 of the 12 games during the winning streak.
- The Spartans improve to 35-25 all-time against Wisconsin and snap a four-game losing streak to the Badgers.
- Senior Kalisha Keane had her first double-double of the season and seventh of her career with 12 points and a season-high 11 rebounds. It was her first double-double since Nov. 28, 2009 vs. Oklahoma State.
- With her three 3-point field goals, Keane moved into fifth all-time on the MSU career list with 146.
- Junior Lykendra Johnson led MSU with 12 rebounds, also adding eight points and a career high four blocks. Her four blocks were the most by a Spartan this season. It was the eighth time this season that Johnson has led the Spartans in rebounds.
- Johnson went 4-of-6 from the field and is shooting 68.4% over the last eight games.
- Both Keane and Johnson had double-figure rebounds. It was the first time that two Spartans had at least 10 rebounds since Feb. 12, 2009 at Indiana.
- Junior Porsche Poole tied Keane for the team-high with 12 points, all in the second half. It was her first double-figure game since Dec. 8 (six games).
- Poole also tied her career high with five rebounds.
- Freshman Klarissa Bell sparked MSU in the first half, scoring 10 points for the game. It was her second double-figure effort in the last three games, after none in her first 11 games.
- The Spartans held Wisconsin scoreless for the final 6:09 for the first half and the first 3:52 of the second half, going on a 19-0 run. Overall it was a 32-4 run over 14:52.
- MSU had a 45-21 edge in rebounding. The +24 margin was the largest rebounding margin since MSU held a +24 edge against Xavier on Dec. 9, 2009.
- MSU also had a 12-4 edge in offensive rebounds and outscored Wisconsin 14-1 in second chance points.
- The Spartans held Wisconsin to 43 points. The Badgers had averaged 69.0 points over their last four games.
- Wisconsin entered the game leading the Big Ten in conference games in 3-point field goal percentage, shooting 59.4% (19-of-32). MSU held the Badgers to 18.2% (2-of-11).
- The game was the 300th Michigan State women's basketball game played at the Breslin Center.