Spartans Upset No. 22 Purdue 68-61
Feb. 28, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Michigan State women's basketball team earned its first win over a ranked opponent this season, in a critical 68-61 upset over No. 25/22 Purdue on Thursday night at Mackey Arena. Senior Jasmine Thomas, and juniors Klarissa Bell and Annalise Pickrel all scored at last 17 points in the win, helping improve the Spartans' record to 21-7 overall and moved them into a tie for third in the Big Ten at 9-6.
Pickrel scored a game-high 18 points in 29 minutes off the bench, shooting 6-for-11 from the field and 4-for-7 from 3-point. She also added a team-best six rebounds. Thomas and Bell each added 17 points, while Thomas chipped in three assists, and Bell was strong defensively with three steals and two blocks. Sophomore Kiana Johnson led the squad with six assists to just two turnovers, and picked up eight points and three steals.
The first 10 minutes featured three ties and five lead changes, before a Thomas jumper with 9:58 left in the first half gave MSU a lead it would not give up. The basket was in the middle of an 11-0 run by the Spartans that gave the visitors a 21-13 lead. Purdue got back within one (27-26), but Michigan State closed the final 3:20 of the half on a 10-0 run to take a 37-26 halftime lead.
Purdue came out strong to begin the second half, scoring the first seven points, and forcing a MSU timeout with 18:19 left. The Spartans responded with baskets on their next two possessions to go back up eight, 41-23. Purdue would again close within one point on two occasions, but both times Pickrel answered with points to thwart the comeback. The Boilermakers last attempt got them back within two (63-61) with 4:09 left, but MSU held them scoreless the rest of the way. The Boilermakers missed their last six shots, failing to hit a field goal over the final 6:50.
The Spartans close out the regular season at home on Sunday, hosting Wisconsin at 2 p.m. for Senior Day. The game will air live on Big Ten Network.
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