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Seniors Go Out In Style With 54-48 Win Over Wisconsin

Senior Jasmine Thomas posted team-highs of 14 points and nine rebounds in her Breslin Center finale.

March 3, 2013

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EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Breslin Center careers of the three Michigan State women's basketball seniors ended on Sunday with a 54-48 victory over Wisconsin. The Spartans, 22-7 overall, finished the Big Ten season at 10-6, in a tie for third place, and will enter the Big Ten Tournament with a first-round bye as the No. 4 seed.

After the game, the three seniors - Tracy Nogle, Courtney Schiffauer and Jasmine Thomas - were honored on the court, recognizing their tremendous careers.

Thomas led the Spartans with 14 points, nine rebounds and three steals in her home finale. Sophomore Kiana Johnson added 10 points and a team-high five assists.

Michigan State never trailed and jumped out to an early 8-2 lead in the first four minutes. The lead grew to 10 on two occasions, before going into the break up 30-23. The Spartans started the second half with a 10-3 run over the first four minutes to go ahead 40-26.Wisconsin answered with eight unanswered points over the next six minutes to get within six. The closest the Badgers would get would be three with 3:20 to go, but the Spartans held them to one point over the final span for the 54-48 final.

The Spartans will play the winner of Michigan and Indiana on Friday night at approximately 9:25 p.m. ET in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament.

- Today was Michigan State's 700th career win as a program, becoming the 43rd school to reach that plateau.
- Michigan State extended its streak of 10-win Big Ten seasons to 11-consecutive years, the longest active streak in the Big Ten.
- Today's attendance of 14,024 was the largest this season and the fifth largest crowd in program history.
- Michigan State led the Big Ten in conference games in rebound margin for the sixth time. MSU has led the conference in three of the last five seasons.
- MSU has held 15 teams under 50 points this season, a new program record.
- All-time MSU is 158-4 when holding its opponent below 50 points.
- The Spartans have won four-straight over Wisconsin.
- Tracy Nogle made her first career start on Senior Day.
- Jasmine Thomas moved into 18th on the MSU career assist list with 249.
- Courtney Schiffauer played in her 120th career game, tying her for 16th all-time at MSU.



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