Spartans Wear Down Northwestern, Win 72-58
Feb. 9, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's basketball team used a 12-0 run late in the first half to pull away from Northwestern, and cruise to a 72-58 win at Breslin Center on Thursday night. Senior Porsche Poole surpassed 20 points for the fourth-straight game, leading MSU with 20 points and a career high seven assists.
Poole is the first Spartan since Liz Shimek at the end of the 2005-06 season to score at least 20 points in four straight games.
The Spartans (15-9, 7-4), who have now won three straight games, had four players in double-figures. Senior Lykendra Johnson added 12 points and a game-high eight rebounds, while classmate Taylor Alton had 11 points and freshman Kiana Johnson posted 10. Alton also added a career high tying seven rebounds and three steals.
Northwestern was in control for much of the first half, holding a 26-21 lead with 5:52 on the clock. However, the Spartans would score the next 12 points over a span of 5:39 to take the lead for good. Northwestern stopped a run with a layup with 13 seconds to go in the half, bringing the halftime score to 33-28 MSU.
The Spartans jumped out quickly in the second half, scoring the first seven points to open a 12-point lead (40-28). MSU's lead grew to as many as 18 (59-41), and remained in double-digits the rest of the way, as the Spartans closed out the 72-58 win.
It was Michigan State's 16th straight win over Northwestern, and its 26th in its last 28 games in the series.
For the second straight game, the Spartans committed only 10 turnovers.
Michigan State hits the road for its next two games, beginning with a trip to Iowa on Sunday. The game is set for 3 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network.
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