Spartans Top North Carolina State, Advance to WNIT Championship Game
 
 
 
Mia Johnson led the Spartans with 17 points in the win over North Carolina State in the WNIT semifinals.
 
Mia Johnson led the Spartans with 17 points in the win over North Carolina State in the WNIT semifinals.
 
 

April 2, 2008

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Mia Johnson scored 17 points and Allyssa DeHaan had 15, including the game-winning putback, to help Michigan State beat North Carolina State 58-57 on Wednesday in a WNIT semifinal.

Johnson's 3-for-5 accuracy from 3-point range and 6-for-6 work at the foul line helped the Spartans (23-13) lead for most of the second half.

But it took DeHaan's rebound layup with 11 seconds left to keep Michigan State home for the championship game at 4 p.m. Saturday. The Spartans will play Wednesday night's Marquette-Colorado winner.

DeHaan's backup, Lauren Aitch, added 12 points for the Spartans, who held off several Wolfpack challenges in the closing minutes.

The last two came on a 19-foot jumper by Tia Bell and a 12-foot leaner by Sharnise Beal that gave North Carolina State (21-13) a pair of one-point leads.

Nikitta Gartrell led the Wolfpack with 14 points, while Khadijah Washingson had 13 and Bell 12 on "Think Pink" night, in honor of visiting coach Kay Yow, a breast cancer survivor with 725 wins.

The Spartans scored the first nine points of the game, then watched the Wolfback claw back to take a 28-25 lead.

A 3-pointer from Johnson made it 28-28 at the break.