Seniors Go Out In Style With 54-48 Win Over Wisconsin
March 3, 2013
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.
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.
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