Feb. 23, 2006
More importantly, they have never lost to Michigan.
Shimek had 22 points and nearly passed Bowen atop the program's career scoring list as the No. 14 Spartans beat the Wolverines 68-42 on Thursday night, their eighth straight win in the series.
"It's neat to look back on our four years and know that every time we played Michigan, we came out on top," Shimek said. "We don't really think about it a lot. But it's pretty neat."
Bowen had 11 points for Michigan State (21-8, 11-5), which finished the regular season with no worse than a third-place tie in the Big Ten.
Entering the conference tournament next week, Bowen has 1,685 career points and Shimek has 1,682, 14 more than No. 3 scorer Kisha Kelley.
"The time off till next Friday will be a very good thing," Spartans coach Joanne P. McCallie said. "Our seniors have logged a lot of minutes. I'd like for Lindsay and Liz to go get a massage or something, to live a little."
Shimek and Bowen have enjoyed life against the Wolverines since 2003. The Spartans have outscored their rivals by 195 points, 24.4 per victory.
"Those two seniors have done a great job of being leaders," Michigan coach Cheryl Burnett said. "They're both such special players. I love the way they compete. I didn't get to see them as freshmen. But I'm sure it didn't matter."
Janelle Cooper had 18 points for the Wolverines (0-15, 6-21), who played five freshmen, two sophomores and no upperclassmen and remained winless since Dec. 23.
Shimek had 14 first-half points on 7-of-9 shooting as the Spartans built a 28-14 advantage. Michigan shot just 24 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes.
"We talked before the game and said we wanted to get the ball to Liz," Bowen said after contributing a game-high five assists. "No one can guard her. And we knew once we got the ball to her, everything else would open up."
Leading 34-23, Michigan State broke the game open with a 16-4 surge. The lead grew to 27 points in the closing minutes, and the Spartans shot 55 percent in the second half.
The game couldn't have been more different from Michigan State's previous showing, a 69-38 loss at No. 16 Ohio State on Monday.
"We were nonexistent in Columbus," McCallie said. "We were absolutely pathetic and showed tremendous immaturity. That was in our face so to speak and wasn't going to happen again. You don't get beaten up, slapped, hit and punched and do it again. We got a heck of a lesson from that thumping we took."
Burnett said her team and its fans can learn some lessons from the Spartans, who brought more than half the crowd to Crisler Arena and made almost all the noise.
"We have great respect for Michigan State," Burnett said. "And sometimes fans need to learn from fans what they need to do."