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Spartans Win Exhibition Opener, 79-47 Against Wayne State
 
 
 
Freshman Jasmine Thomas made an impressive debut in green and white, scoring 11 points and dishing out four assists in the win.
 
Freshman Jasmine Thomas made an impressive debut in green and white, scoring 11 points and dishing out four assists in the win.
 
 

Nov. 5, 2009

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EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's basketball team jump started the 2009-10 season with a 79-47 exhibition win over Wayne State on Thursday night at the Breslin Center. The Spartans, ranked No. 10 preseason by The Associated Press and in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' poll, had 12 different players score, led by 15 from senior Allyssa DeHaan.

DeHaan, playing only 17 minutes, went 5-of-7 from the field and 5-of-5 from the free throw line on the night. She also added a team-high eight rebounds. Redshirt senior Lauren Aitch and freshman Jasmine Thomas added 11 points. Thomas also chipped in a game-high four assists and three steals.

In all, 12 Spartans played double-figure minutes, as MSU outscored Wayne State, 51-7 in bench scoring. Michigan State topped the Warriors, 40-18 in the paint, and outrebounded them, 49-39.

Early on the game remained close with MSU holding a slight 12-10 lead with 13:23 left in the first quarter. The Spartans would put the game away with a 14-0 run over the next 5:36, expanding their lead to 26-10. The Spartan advantage grew to as much as 23 points in the first half and settled to 21 at the half, 45-24.

The two teams played it even early in the second half, but a 7-0 run by MSU midway through the half, opened up a 65-35 lead for the Spartans with 11 minutes remaining. Michigan State cruised to a 79-47 final, getting everyone some playing time on the court.

Michigan State wrap up exhibition action on Sunday against Grand Valley State. Tip is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Breslin Center.

 

 

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