March 6, 2009
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Michigan State's stay at the 2009 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament was short-lived as the Spartans fell to Wisconsin, 56-50 on Friday morning at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. Junior Allyssa DeHaan became the Big Ten's career blocked shots leader in the loss.
Redshirt junior Aisha Jefferson led the Spartans with 15 points, while redshirt freshman Lykendra Johnson added 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds. DeHaan had nine points, six rebounds and four blocks. She now has 387 career blocks surpassing former Ohio State standout Jessica Davenport (384) for the all-time conference record.
MSU led by as much as 12 points in the first half and took a 26-20 lead into the break. Wisconsin came out strong in the second half, tying the game at 31 with 14:04 remaining. A Jefferson jumper but the Spartans up 35-33 with 10:41 to go, but the Badgers responded with a 14-3 run over the next 5:50 to take their largest lead of the game, 47-38. MSU tried to chip away getting within three (53-50) with 1:12 left, but could get no closer, falling 56-50.
Tara Steinbauer led three Badgers in double-figures with 15 points.
The Spartans now await selection to the 2009 NCAA Tournament. The selection show will be held on Monday, March 16 at 7 p.m. on ESPN.