EAST LANSING, Mich.-- Indiana senior Quacy Barnes tied her career-high with 29 points as the Indiana Hoosiers held off a valiant second-half comeback by Michigan State in an 83-75 victory at the Breslin Center today.
The win improved Indiana's overall record to 19-10 and put them in a three-way tie for third place in the Big ten at 10-6. The loss was the fourth-straight for the Spartans and they finish the regular season with an 11-15 overall record and in ninth place in the Big Ten with a 5-11 conference record.
The Hoosiers shot a blistering 71 percent from the field in the first half and built a commanding 43-28 halftime lead. The Spartans didn't falter and opened the second half in a full-court press and went on 8-0 run to cut Indiana's lead to 43-36 at the 18:05 mark.
Indiana increased its lead to 10 points (59-49) on a layup by Summar Maines with 9:40 left in the game. Junior Pernille Dalgaard scored six points to help the Spartans outscore the Hoosiers 13-3 over the next three minutes to tie the game at 62-62 with 6:09 remaining.
Barnes went to work over the next five minutes of the game, scoring 12 of Indiana's 16 points to give the Hoosiers a 78-72 advantage with 59 seconds remaining. Dalgaard's two free throws with 49 seconds left pulled MSU within six points, but the Spartans were forced to foul down the stretch and Kristi Green and Summar Maines iced the win at the free throw line.
Senior Jamie Wesley paced the Spartans with 20 points, including 13 in the second half, in her final game at the Breslin Center. Fellow senior Bella Engen scored 18 points and pulled down six rebounds, while Dalgaard added 18 points off the bench.
In addition to Barnes, Indiana got 17 points from Kameelah Morgan and 16 from Maines.
The Spartans will face Ohio State in the first round of the 1998 Big Ten Tournament next weekend at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Ind. MSU and the Buckeyes will tipoff at 4 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 27.
If the Spartans can defeat the Buckeyes for the third time this season they will face top-seeded Iowa on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 11 a.m.