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Johnson Leads Spartans Past Indiana, 56-46

Sophomore Kiana Johnson was key off the bench Sunday, leading the Spartans with 15 points and five assists in 36 minutes.

Jan. 20, 2013

Box Score

EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's basketball team continued its success at Assembly Hall, winning its 10th straight game in the building with a 56-46 win over Indiana on Sunday. Sophomore Kiana Johnson posted 15 points, five assists and four steals, all team highs, while playing 36 minutes off the bench. The Spartans improve to 16-2 overall and 4-1 in the Big Ten.

Indiana held an early 6-5 lead with 15:24 on the clock. The Spartans would hold the Hoosiers scoreless over the next 7:34, running off 13 unanswered points to open a lead they would not relinquish. IU got back within nine (24-15) with 1:14 until halftime, but Michigan State closed with the last five points, including a Johnson jumper as time expired.

Michigan State grew its lead to 17 points (35-18) in the first three and a half minutes of the second half. Indiana slowly chipped away and got back within 10 (45-35) with 8:57 left. However, the Spartans put the game away with a 7-0 run over the next 4:38.

Junior Klarissa Bell added 12 points, a team-high eight rebounds, three assists and two steals. Senior Jasmine Thomas had eight points and three steals.

The Spartans stay on the road on Thursday, making their first trip to Nebraska for an 8 p.m. ET tip.

- Michigan State tied its best 18-game start in program history (2004-05, 2010-11).
- The Spartans won their sixth straight game over Indiana. MSU is now 42-23 all-time against the Hoosiers.
- Michigan State has won 11 of its last 13 Big Ten regular season games, and 38 of its last 48 games.
- MSU is now 29-16 in road Big Ten games under Coach Merchant. The best record in conference during the stretch.
- The Spartans have held each opponent's leading scorer below their season average. IU's Aulani Sinclair was fourth in the Big Ten with 18.8 points per game, but was held to six points on 2-for-10 shooting.
- Michigan State forced 25 turnovers, tying for the most this season (season-opener vs. UT Arlington).
- MSU was +6 in rebounds today, and has outrebounded nine straight team and 16 of its 18 opponents this season.
- The Spartans had 19 offensive rebounds today, and have averaged 18.5 per game over their last four contests.
- Klarissa Bell has led MSU in rebounds in five of the last six games.
- Kiana Johnson has led Michigan State in assists in the last three games.
- Johnson set a career-high with seven field goals made (went 7-for-14).
- Johnson now has 29 assists in four career games against Indiana.
- Jasmine Thomas went 2-for-2 from the 3-point line. She had missed her last 14 3-pointers, and had not made a 3-pointer since Nov. 25 against Robert Morris. Thomas was 3-for-24 (12.5%) from behind the arc on the season.
- Playing in her home state for the first time, Akyah Taylor went 3-for-3 from the field for a career-high seven points. She had seven points on the season in 47 total minutes entering today.
- Taylor played a career-high 17 minutes.
- MSU is now 154-4 all-time when holding its opponent under 50 points.



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