Nov. 7, 2010
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's basketball program wrapped up its exhibition season on Sunday with a 68-43 win over Grand Valley State at the Breslin Center. The Spartans used a 16-3 run over the final 4:38 of the first half to take control of the game.
Senior Kalisha Keane led the Spartans for the second-straight game with 14 points. Keane, who also had three steals, went 5-of-7 from the field, including hitting both 3-point field goal attempts. Junior Lykendra Johnson and freshman Klarissa Bell each chipped in 12 points in the win. Junior Porsche Poole dished out a game-high seven assists for the Spartans.
Michigan State scored the first five points of the game, holding GVSU scoreless for the first 2:46. The Spartans' margin was 17-9 with 11:16 on the clock, before MSU went on a 10-2 run over the next 5:32 to open a 27-13 lead. MSU would expand their lead with the late 16-3 first half run, taking a 45-19 lead into the break.
The Spartans shot 73.9% (17-of-23) in the first half, including 71.4% (5-of-7) from behind the arc.
Like the first half, the Spartans scored the first five points and held GVSU scoreless for the first 3:12. MSU would lead by as much as 33 points on a couple occasions, but Grand Valley would continue to fight and lower the final margin to 25 at 68-43.
MSU held a 35-26 edge on the boards and forced GVSU into 23 turnovers.
The Lakers' Briauna Taylor led all scorers with 21 points, knocking down 5-of-7 from 3-point range.
The Spartans open the 2010-11 regular season on Saturday, November 13, when they host IPFW at 3 p.m. at the Breslin Center. The game will be broadcast live on BigTenNetwork.com and can be heard locally on WVFN 730AM.