Seniors Go Out In Style With 54-48 Win Over Wisconsin
Spartans finish tied for third in the Big Ten and will earn a Big Ten Tournament first-round bye.
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.
- 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.