Jan. 17, 2008
EVANSTON, Ill. - Kalisha Keane scored a career-high 23 points to lead the Michigan State women's basketball team past Northwestern, 74-62, Thursday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Allyssa DeHaan had 19 points for MSU (11-8, 3-4 Big Ten), while Courtney Davidson and Lauren Aitch each added 10. It marks MSU's eighth straight win over the Wildcats and fourth consecutive victory in Evanston.
"Overall, I thought it was a good performance, especially in the second half," said MSU head coach Suzy Merchant. "We had good focus and we made better decisions. Allyssa (DeHaan) and Lauren (Aitch) did a good job of posting, which we knew would create problems for them. I feel like we wore them down a little in the second half. We did a good job of getting players in and out, and we were fresh down the stretch."
The Spartans led 31-29 at the break, but put together a nice, crisp second half of basketball to pull away from the Wildcats (4-14, 0-6 Big Ten). MSU only had four second-half turnovers and shot 50 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes, outscoring the Wildcats, 43-33. Keane scored 15 of her 23 in the second half, while DeHaan went 6-for-9 with 14 points.
Freshman center Amy Jaeschke had a career-high 26 points on 11-for-20 shooting to lead Northwestern.
The Spartans collected a season-high 15 steals, including three each from Cetera Washington and Brittney Thomas. Thomas played all 40 minutes for the fifth time this season, scoring six points with six rebounds.
MSU returns to action Sunday, Jan. 20 to take on Indiana in East Lansing at 2 p.m. ET. The game will not be televised.