Feb. 1, 2007
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's basketball team recorded its largest margin of victory over Penn State in school history with a 76-49 win over the Nittany Lions Thursday night at the Breslin Center. Victoria Lucas-Perry paced the Spartans (16-6, 7-2 Big Ten) with 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the floor, while Aisha Jefferson and Rene Haynes added 16 and 15 points, respectively. Allyssa DeHaan passed the 100-block mark for the season, becoming just the fourth player in Big Ten history to accomplish the feat. With her five blocks against Penn State (11-12, 4-6), she now has 101 for the season.
The Spartans led by as many as 32 points in the second half as Courtney Davidson drilled a 3-pointer with 1:22 remaining in the game.
Jefferson tied her season high with eight field goals and added five rebounds and four assists. Haynes hit three 3-pointers, tying a career high, to go along with six rebounds, three assists and three steals.
MSU shot 50 percent from the floor (32-of-64), marking the fourth time this season it has shot at least 50 percent in a game. The team also shot 50 percent from 3-point land, hitting 8-of-16 from beyond the arc, the most for the Spartans in Big Ten play this season.
The Spartans dished out 23 assists, led by Mia Johnson, who collected six, against 14 turnovers.
Michigan State's defense forced 16 Nittany Lion turnovers and limited PSU to 33-percent shooting from the floor. The Spartans are now 15-3 when holding opponents to under 40-percent shooting.
Trya Grant led Penn State with 22 points, while Amanda Brown contributed 11 with seven rebounds.
The Spartans had their best first half of the season, shooting 57 percent and hitting five 3's to build a 48-29 lead at the break. The 48 points were the most this season in a half for MSU. Lucas-Perry and Jefferson led the way with 12 points apiece in the half.
Michigan State returns to action Sunday, Feb. 4 to host Illinois at 2 p.m. in the Breslin Center.
-MSU's previous largest margin of victory over Penn State came on Dec. 30, 1996, when the Spartans won by 24 points, 99-75.
-Haynes surpassed Kim Archer to move into second place all-time at MSU with 227 career steals. Haynes swiped three against Penn State tonight.
-Lucas-Perry passed Brenda Jezowski to move into 16th place in MSU career scoring. Lucas-Perry now has 1,048 points.
-Takeya Fortner hit her first career 3-pointer at the 3:39 mark in the second half.
-Michigan State is one block away from tying the program record for blocked shots in a season. The team, with 139 blocked shots, is chasing the mark set by the 1999-2000 team, which had 140 rejections during the 31-game season.