Spartans Pull Away in Second Half, Beat Indiana, 67-47
Jan. 12, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's basketball team improved to 4-0 in Big Ten play, utilizing a 12-0 run late in the second half to pull away from Indiana, 67-47 on Thursday night at Breslin Center. Senior Porsche Poole scored a game-high 16 points, and freshman Kiana Johnson dished out a season-high 10 assists in the win.
The game started with a back-and-forth affair, including six lead changes and five ties in the first 10 minutes. Michigan State would then take the lead, 21-20 with 10:04 to go in the half and not trail the rest of the way. Poole sunk a 3-pointer as time expired for intermission, giving MSU 33-27 halftime lead.
After leading by only six at the break, the Spartans outscored Indiana, 34-20 in the second half, shooting 59.1% from the field. MSU's lead grew to double-figures midway through the final 20 minutes, but the Hoosiers hung around, getting within six with 5:36 remaining. However, Michigan State ran off the next 12 points over a four minute span to jump ahead 64-46. Free throws late by MSU sealed the 67-47 final.
Poole was 6-for-8 from the field in 28 minutes off the bench to reach double-figures for the third straight game. Senior Lykendra Johnson added 13 points and led MSU with seven rebounds.
With her season-high assist total tonight, K. Johnson now has 19 assists and only four turnovers in two games against IU this season. She also added four steals to her stat line.
Michigan State forced Indiana into 25 turnovers, and has caused 50 turnovers against its last two opponents.
The Spartans return to Breslin Center Sunday, when they host No. 11 Ohio State at 4 p.m. on ESPN2.
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