Feb. 27, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) - No. 21 Michigan State got its 20th win of the season and kept hope alive for a share of Big Ten Conference title with an easy, 75-44 win over Northwestern Thursday night.
With one game left in the regular season, the Spartans are tied with No. 11 Penn State and No. 17 Nebraska, which knocked off the Lady Lions Monday. All three schools are 12-3. Michigan State closes out the regular season at home Sunday against Indiana.
Aerial Powers put up 19 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead Michigan State (20-8, 12-3 Big Ten). Annalise Pickrel scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while Jasmine Hines and Tori Jankoska added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
The Spartans trailed 16-8 with 12:42 left in the first half, but followed with a 22-3 run to take control. MSU led by as many as 29 in the second half.
Alex Cohen had 11 points and was the only scorer to reach double figures for Northwestern (14-14, 4-11), which now has lost seven straight. The Wildcats shot just 27.9 percent (17 of 61).
- Michigan State has now won 20 games in 11 consecutive seasons, the longest active streak in the Big Ten and only one of nine teams in the nation to do so.
- It was the fewest points allowed by MSU in a Big Ten game this season. It was also the fewest points scored by Northwestern this season.
- The 31-point margin of victory was the largest by MSU in a Big Ten game since beating Michigan 77-34 on Feb. 23, 2005. It was the largest margin of victory by Coach Merchant in a conference game.
- MSU held the Wildcats to 27.9% shooting, NU's lowest mark this season and the lowest percentage allowed by the Spartan in a conference game this season.
- The Spartans went 7-1 in Big Ten road games this season, marking the most conference road wins in program history.
- Michigan State has won 20-straight games over Northwestern, and 30 of the last 32 meetings. The Spartans have won nine in a row at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
- The Spartans finished February with a 6-1 record, and are 39-12 under Coach Merchant in the month.
- It was the second time this season that MSU had two players post double-doubles in the same game (Nebraska).
- Powers had her seventh double-double of the season, tying for the second most by a Spartan freshman.
- Powers broke the Spartan freshman free throws made record with 91. Kalisha Keane (2007-08) held the record with 90.
- Powers also moved into fourth place on the MSU freshman points list (378) and eighth on the freshman assist list (64).
- Klarissa Bell is now 20th on the Spartan career assist list with 241.
- Bell and Pickrel both played their 121st game, moving them into 16th place on the all-time list.
- Jankoska moved into 19th on the MSU career 3-point field goal made list with 59.
- Jankoska also broke into the top-10 on the MSU freshman assist list with 63.
- Michigan State is 15-1 when Hines scores in double figures in her career.
- MSU's 11 steals tonight tied a season high.
- Branndais Agee had six rebounds, her most-ever in a Big Ten game.
- The Spartans are 165-4 all-time when holding teams below 50 points.
- Under Coach Merchant, MSU is 74-5 when scoring at least 70 points.
- MSU is 17-0 this season when shooting more free throws than its opponent.