Spartans Fall at Wisconsin, 54-51
Feb. 22, 2009
MADISON, Wis. - The Michigan State women's basketball team saw its four-game winning streak come to an end on Sunday afternoon, as the Spartans lost at Wisconsin, 54-51 in front of 14,657 fans at the Kohl Center. MSU (19-8 overall) falls into a tie for second in the Big Ten at 12-4.
Redshirt freshman Lykendra Johnson led the way for the Spartans with a game-high 12 points, while also adding a season-high six assists, six rebounds and two steals. Both junior Allyssa DeHaan and sophomore Kalisha Keane added 11 points, with DeHaan chipping in a game-high seven boards and three blocks, and Keane adding six rebounds, four steals and two assists. Freshman Porsche Poole had nine points.
Wisconsin set the tone early, scoring the first six points and eventually opening up a 12-4 lead over the first 8:40. The Spartans followed with a 16-4 run over the next six minutes, capped by scoring the final eight. The Michigan State lead expanded to as much as five (24-19) with 3:38 left, but they managed only two points the rest of the half to take a 26-24 lead into the break.
The Spartans remained in control early in the second half until an Alyssa Karel 3-pointer with 12:14 on the clock put the Badgers ahead 34-32. Keane quickly answered with a 3-pointer of her own on the next possession, but Wisconsin followed with seven answered over the next two minutes to take a 41-35 lead. The Badgers' advantage grew to nine (48-39) with seven minutes left. MSU didn't quit, scoring 10 of the next 12 points to close within one (50-49) with 2:50 left. That would be as close as the Spartans would get as Wisconsin went 4-of-4 from the line in the final couple minutes to seal the win.
Alyssa Karel led four Wisconsin players in double-figures with 12 points.
The Spartans, who wrapped up the road portion of the Big Ten schedule today, returns to action on Thursday when they host Minnesota at 7 p.m.
NOTES: MSU had 16 assists today on its 19 made field goals. ... DeHaan now has 379 career blocks moving her into 10th on the NCAA career list ... DeHaan also moved into eighth on the MSU all-time rebounding list with 695.
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