Feb. 20, 2014
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Becca Mills scored 15 points to lead a balanced offense as No. 23 Michigan State topped Wisconsin 76-66 Thursday.
With the win, Michigan State (18-8, 10-3 Big Ten) remains a game and a half back of Penn State in the conference standings.
Michigan State's margin of victory matched its largest lead of the game, as Wisconsin (10-16, 3-11) stuck with the Spartans throughout the contest.
Michala Johnson's free throws cut the Michigan State lead to 70-66 with 1:53 left. The Spartans responded as Mills scored with 59 seconds remaining and Aerial Powers went 4 of 4 from the line in the final 30 seconds to preserve the win.
Taylor Wurtz and Johnson had 15 points apiece for Wisconsin. Jacki Gulczynski added 11.The Spartans return to action on Monday night, hosting Minnesota at 7 p.m. on Big Ten Network.
- MSU has now won double-digit Big Ten games for the 12th straight season, the longest active streak in the conference.
- It was the first time since Nov. 13, 2010 vs. IPFW that MSU had six players score in double-digits.
- It was the Spartans' sixth-straight win over Wisconsin, including three in a row at Kohl Center.
- MSU is 72-5 under Merchant when scoring at least 70 points.
- The Spartans improved to 37-12 in February in Merchant's seven seasons.
- MSU's six road Big Ten wins this season ties for the most in Merchant's seven seasons. MSU is now 37-21 in her tenure in road conference games.
- Jankoska set season highs with her seven assists and five steals.
- Mills scored in double-figures in consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 4-14.
- The Spartans' eight turnovers were the fewest this season, and the lowest total since committing seven vs. Indiana last season (Feb. 13).
- Michigan State's 11 steals tied its season high (Canisius) and were its most in a Big Ten game since grabbing 13 at Purdue last season (Feb. 28).
- The Spartans had 16 offensive rebounds, their most in a Big Ten game this season.
- MSU is 16-0 this season when shooting more free throws than its opponent. They are also 14-0 when attempting at least 18 free throws.
- The Spartans have won 98 of their last 99 games when leading with five minutes left, including 49 in a row.
- Tonight was Klarissa Bell and Annalise Pickrel's 119th career game, tying them for the 18th most in program history.
- Jankoska moved into seventh on the MSU freshman scoring list with 321.
- Powers now has the eighth-most rebounds by a Spartan freshman with 202 and the ninth-most assists with 61.
- Mills tied her career high with two steals.