No. 15 Michigan State Rallies to Beat Wisconsin On Senior Day
Spartans overcome a 14-point deficit.
Feb. 12, 2006
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Lindsay Bowen saved the best for last on Senior Day and saved Michigan State from being upset.
Bowen started a 24-4 run with two 3-pointers and finished it with four free throws as the No. 15 Spartans beat Wisconsin 53-47 Sunday.
"That's the competitor in Lindsay," Michigan State coach Joanne P. McCallie said. "She's always going to be up for the challenge. She's always ready to do something."
The Spartans (19-7, 9-4 Big Ten) overcame a 43-29 deficit with the big run over the final 9:15 -- including 20 of the game's final 22 points.
"That was tough for our basketball team," Badgers coach Lisa Stone said. "The backbreaker was when Lindsay hit the first of her two 3's coming out of the time-out. Bowen and Liz Shimek took a game away from us at Kohl Center. And they did it again. They're special."
Rene Haynes led Michigan State with 14 points. Bowen had 10, all in the final 7:40. Shimek had four of her eight points in the closing surge.
"You can't get frustrated or you're not going to hit anything," Bowen said. "You've got to keep shooting. But we've been in situations like this before. We've been up. We've been down. And we've always kept fighting."
Janese Banks, Ashley Josephson and Danielle Ward each had 11 points for the Badgers (9-16, 3-10), who had edges in every shooting statistic and in rebounds.
The Spartans turned up their defensive pressure and helped force 25 turnovers to earn their 26th win in their last 27 games in Breslin Center.
"The crowd helped us a lot again," Bowen said. "When we put the press on, it was all-out. And they might've sensed that we were coming back again."
The Badgers overcame a 9-2 deficit and used an 11-0 run to take a 26-20 halftime lead. Wisconsin overcame 14 turnovers and shot less than 35 percent from the field in that span.
Michigan State shot just 26 percent in the first half. Bowen, the No. 2 scorer in school history, was 0-for-7 before the break and missed her first 10 shots.
The Spartans' other senior, Shimek, the school's No. 3 all-time scorer, was just 2-for-10 from the field but led all rebounders with 10.
"You've got to do whatever it takes," Shimek said. "Lindsay and I have played together for more than four years now, if you count AAU ball. And I know she's going to do something to help us win. She pulled those 3's out of nowhere."