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Michigan State Holds On Against Northwestern, 68-63

Feb. 15, 2007

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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.

Allyssa DeHaan added 12 points and three blocks for the Spartans, and Aisha Jefferson had 10 points.

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.



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