March 2, 2007
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -Michigan State freshman Allyssa DeHaan had 27 points and eight rebounds to lead the No. 22 Spartans to a 77-68 victory over Minnesota in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals Friday.
The 6-foot-9 DeHaan was unstoppable, dominating the middle against the Golden Gophers. She hit 12 of 14 shots, had six blocks, five assists and only two turnovers for the third-seeded Spartans (23-7), who won for the eighth time in nine games.
They'll make their fourth straight semifinal appearance Sunday against No. 15 Purdue (26-5).
Sixth-seeded Minnesota (16-15) was led by Emily Fox with 21 points and Kelly Roysland with 18, not nearly enough to avoid a seventh loss in 10 games and doom any chance of making a late impression on the NCAA tournament selection committee.
DeHaan did it all, freeing herself up for shots, sliding off defenders and routinely finding open teammates. When she wasn't hurting Minnesota on offense, she was intimidating it on defense.
The combination was too much for the Gophers.
Michigan State quickly built a 13-4 lead and extended the margin to 32-17 late in the first half. The Gophers closed to 34-27 at halftime, when DeHaan was on the bench, but the freshman sparked a second-half surge that helped the Spartans take a 17-point lead.
Minnesota charged back late, getting within five several times, but the Spartans sealed the outcome with an 8-1 run in the closing minutes.