Feb. 2, 2009
Minneapolis, Minn. - The Michigan State women's basketball team snapped its six-game winning streak with a 60-44 loss at Minnesota on Monday night. With the game tied at 44, the Golden Gophers (15-6, 7-3) tallied the final 16 points for the win. The Spartans fall to 15-7 overall and remain in a tie for second in the Big Ten at 8-3.
Redshirt freshman Lykendra Johnson led the Spartans with 12 points and nine rebounds, while redshirt junior Lauren Aitch added 10 points and junior Allyssa DeHaan grabbed eight rebounds and blocked four shots. Michigan State controlled the board, 42-35, but committed 25 turnovers and ended up shooting a season-low 28.0-percent in the game.
The Spartans took a 29-21 lead into the break, capped by a 20-3 run by MSU over the final 10:01. Minnesota shot only 18.5 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes, including a 1-of-8 mark from behind the arc.
Minnesota began the second half on a 11-2 run over the first 3:55 to retake the lead at 32-31. The Spartans would regain a three-point advantage minutes later, but 7-0 spurt by the Gophers gave them their largest lead since early in the first half at 41-37 with 10:45 left. MSU showed fight, scoring the next five points to go up 42-41. After a Kiara Buford 3-pointer, Aitch scored on an offensive putback to tie the game at 44 with 7:30 left. It would be the final points scored by the Spartans, as they missed their final 10 shots from the field and committed six turnovers, during the 16-0 run by Minnesota to close out the game.
Michigan State returns to action on Thursday night at Illinois. Tip on the Big Ten Network is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET.