Michigan State Holds On Against Northwestern, 68-63
Lucas-Perry scores game-high 25 as Spartans fight off Wildcats comeback.
Feb. 15, 2007
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Victoria Lucas-Perry had 19 of her 25 points in the first half and Michigan State held on to beat Northwestern 68-63 Thursday night.
Lucas-Perry hit seven of her first eight shots, including four 3-pointers, but the 24th-ranked Spartans (20-6, 11-2 Big Ten) let a 20-point lead dwindle to two twice in the final minutes.
A.J. Glasauer led the Wildcats (7-20, 1-13) with 18 points, and Kristin Cartwright, Beth Marshall and Julie Bielawski added 10 apiece.
Lucas-Perry had scored three more points than the Northwestern team late in the first half. But the Wildcats scored the last eight points of the period to get to 36-24 and dominated the last 20 minutes by shooting 64 percent from the field.
Northwestern cut the Spartans' lead to 60-58 and 62-60, only to have Lucas-Perry hit a pair of free throws each time to help Michigan State win its fifth straight game and remain unbeaten in February.