Poole, Hines Spark Spartans Past Western Michigan, 80-45
Nov. 17, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Increased defensive intensity and strong play around the rim, led the Michigan State women's basketball team to an 80-45 victory over Western Michigan Thursday night at Breslin Center. The Spartans forced 28 turnovers and scored 46 points in the paint, helping them to improve to 3-1 on the season.
Senior Porsche Poole led the offensive effort with a game-high 18 points, also chipping in five assists and three steals. In only 10 minutes off the bench, all in the second half, freshman Jasmine Hines went 6-of-7 from the field for 13 points and grabbed four rebounds. Junior Jasmine Thomas was also in double figures with 10 points, and grabbed a game-high four steals.
"It is important to talk about the energy and the focus," said head coach Suzy Merchant. "Having the opportunity to use our bench the way we did tonight, I thought it certainly helped us bring some more energy. People were excited to get in there and make a difference."
Both teams were sluggish offensively early, with Western Michigan holding a 10-9 lead eight minutes into the game. The Spartans would run off 18 of the next 20 points over the next seven minutes to take a lead it wouldn't let go of. MSU went into the break, up 39-21.
Despite using their bench for a good portion of the second half, the Spartan defensive pressure did not let up, as the MSU lead grew to as many as 39. MSU held Western Michigan to 21.4% shooting in the second half. Hines stared in the second half, totaled all 13 of her points in 10 second half minutes.
The Spartans were able to score 31 points off of the 28 Bronco turnovers in the game. In addition, Western Michigan was held to 26.9% shooting, the second straight game where MSU held its opponent under 30% from the field.
Michigan State continues its stretch of three games in five days on Saturday, when it travels to Ft. Myers, Fla. to face Florida Gulf Coast at 7 p.m.
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