Women's Basketball Outlasts Eastern Michigan, 60-49
Nov. 15, 2012
YPSILANTI, Mich. - It was a familiar surrounding for Michigan State women's basketball head coach Suzy Merchant as she took the floor tonight at the Convocation Center. Merchant led the Spartans to a 60-49 victory over Eastern Michigan, a program spent nine seasons at the helm. Junior Klarissa Bell scored a career high 20 points to help the Spartans pick up a win in their first road game of the season and improve to 2-0.
Bell was 8-for-14 from the floor, including 2-of-3 from behind the arc, while also adding six rebounds and three assists. Senior Jasmine Thomas filled the stat sheet with 13 points, seven rebounds, a game-high seven assists and two steals. Sophomore Becca Mills had a pair of career highs, pulling down 11 rebounds and blocking five shots in only 21 minutes.
The first half featured seven ties and five lead changes, eventually ending up with a 28-28 tie into intermission. The Spartans led by as much as seven in the first half (22-15) with 10:10 to go, but went scoreless for the next six minutes, as EMU ran off eight unanswered.
Bell knocked down a 3-pointer 28 seconds into the second half and the Spartans never trailed again. A 10-1 run, which began with seven minutes left, opened up a 56-40 lead for MSU, its largest of the game. Michigan State withheld a late run by EMU to go home with a 60-49 win.
The Spartans return to Breslin Center Sunday to face Virginia Tech at 4 p.m.
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