Feb. 14, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- Allyssa DeHaan collected a double-double with 16 points and a season-high 15 rebounds to lead the Michigan State women's basketball team past Indiana, 72-68, Thursday night at Assembly Hall. With the win, Michigan State improves to 15-11 (7-7 Big Ten), while Indiana falls to 14-11 (7-6).
The game was a back-and-forth affair, featuring 14 ties and 16 lead changes. Down the stretch, Michigan State was clutch at the free-throw line, hitting all six of its attempts in the last 30 seconds. MSU was 14-for-14 from the charity stripe in the second half and 22-for-24 in the game.
With the game tied at 62, DeHaan hit a jumper in the lane with 1:23 left to put MSU up, 64-62. After an Indiana free throw cut the lead to one, DeHaan hit another jumper to give the Spartans a three-point lead at 66-63. The Spartans finished the game hitting all six free throws in the final 30 seconds to seal the victory.
DeHaan hit her last four shots from the field after starting out 2-for-10.
Michigan State dominated the boards, outrebounding the Hoosiers, 45-31. In addition to DeHaan's 15 boards, Brittney Thomas collected eight rebounds to go along with nine points.
"I thought Al made a huge difference," said MSU head coach Suzy Merchant. "This was probably by far her best rebounding game of the year. I just felt like she went up and got rebounds that she didn't get before. Whether we were man or zone she really went up and snatched some, offensively and defensively."
"Well, I feel pretty good about the road win here at Indiana," said Merchant. "We knew they're a tough team. They had four players in double figures, great guard play, great post play. We knew we would have our hands full. Obviously we didn't shoot the ball extremely well, especially in the first half, but I liked our chances because I felt like our kids were fighting and they were really working hard at both ends of the floor. We were getting good looks and felt like if we kept with that same effort and enthusiasm then good things would happen."
Michigan State returns to action Sunday, Feb. 17 to take on Penn State at 2 p.m. The game will be televised by the Big Ten Network.