March 18, 2007
Michigan State improved to 6-1 all-time in NCAA First Round games.
Sophomore Mia Johnson hit the 100th 3-pointer of her career with her third trifecta of the game ... Johnson hit 64 as a freshman at Saint Louis in 2004-05 and has 36 this year ... She finished 3-for-5 from behind the arc.
Johnson and freshman Allyssa DeHaan led the Spartans with 13 points ... The Spartans are 6-0 when Johnson leads the team in scoring.
Five Spartans scored in double-figures with Johnson and DeHaan scoring 13, senior Victoria Lucas-Perry adding 12, senior Rene Haynes scoring 11 and sophomore Aisha Jefferson scoring 10 ... It was the eighth time this year at least four Spartans finished in double digits.
Senior Myisha Bannister posted her first career points in the NCAA Tournament on a traditional 3-point play at the 14:03 mark of the first half ... The senior from Cleveland, Ohio had seen action in two previous tournament games, last coming in the NCAA Championship game vs. Baylor on April 5, 2005.
DeHaan clinched the NCAA Division I freshman record for blocks in a season, as she blocked six shots to increase her total to 144 this season ... Xavier's freshman Amber Harris blocked three shots in the Muskateers' 65-52 loss to West Virginia in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday night to finish her season with 136.
The Spartans shattered their previous best in the NCAA Tournament by recording 11 blocked shots ... The previous best was seven set against Alcorn State in the first round of the 2005 tournament.
It took DeHaan just eight minutes to tie the school record for blocks in an NCAA Tournament by recording three swats in the first seven minutes ... She posted her fourth at the 8:43 mark of the first half ... Paula Sanders, Kristen Rasmussen, Liz Shimek and Kelli Roehrig all previously held the mark.
DeHaan set the school's NCAA Tournament career record with her six blocked shots, passing Liz Shimek's mark of five set in 12 games from 2003-06.
Junior Laura Hall, who has been hampered by a foot injury all season, scored her first points since Feb. 18 at Ohio State with a traditional three-point play at the 10:28 mark of the second half to give Michigan State a 50-36 lead.
Sophomore Aisha Jefferson finished with 7 rebounds ... She has had at least six rebounds in four career NCAA Tournament games.
The Spartans are now 19-1 when leading at halftime ... 18-4 when MSU scores first ... 11-2 when scoring 60-69 points in a game ... 11-3 when State plays on Sunday ... and 18-1 when outrebounding their opponent.