No. 25/22 Spartans Rebound with 82-42 Win Over Detroit
 
 
 
Junior Porsche Poole scored a career-high 16 points in the Spartans' win.
 
Junior Porsche Poole scored a career-high 16 points in the Spartans' win.
 
 

Nov. 21, 2010

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EAST LANSING, Mich. - The No. 25/22 Michigan State women's basketball team returned to its winning ways with a 82-42 victory over Detroit on Sunday at the Breslin Center. Senior Kalisha Keane and junior Porsche Poole lead four Spartans in double-figures with 16 points apiece.

The Spartans struggled early, trailing 16-15 with under eight minutes to go in the first half. However, MSU closed the half on a 20-6 run over the final 7:36 to take a 35-22 lead into intermission. The Spartans hit eight of its final 10 shots in the first half.

Michigan State took the first seven points of the second half to open up a 42-22 lead. The Titans closed within 16 at 54-38 with 11:29 remaining, but the Spartans would reply with a 28-2 run over the next 11 minutes before a basket by the Titans with nine seconds left brought the final to 82-42. During that stretch, MSU held Detroit scoreless for a stretch of 8:32.

Junior Taylor Alton and freshman Annalise Pickrel each posted in double-figures for the first time in their careers. Alton scored 10 points in 10 minutes, while Pickrel posted 13.

MSU held a +22 (51-29) advantage on the boards and dished out a season-hgih 27 assists. The Spartans knocked down a season high 12 3-pointers.

Detroit, who falls to 3-1 on the season, was led by 14 points from Demeisha Fambro and a double-double from Yar Shayok (11 points, 10 rebounds).

The Spartans return to action on Friday, Nov. 26 against Western Kentucky in the first game of the UCF Thanksgiving Classic.

POST-GAME NOTES

With the win...
- MSU improves to 3-1 on the season.
- The Spartans improve to 3-0 this season at the Breslin Center and 215-78 all-time. MSU has won its last eight at home.
- MSU moves to 130-4 all-time when holding its opponents under 50 points.
- Under Coach Merchant, MSU is now 51-6 when holding its opponent under 60 points and 32-4 when scoring at least 70 points. The Spartans have won their last 15 games when scoring 70 or more.
- Michigan State remains undefeated on November 21 in four games.

Series Notes:
- The Spartans win their 12th straight over Detroit and improve to 17-7 all-time in the series.
- MSU has won the last 12 games in East Lansing against the Titans and are 12-1 all-time.
- The 40-point margin of victory was the largest for the Spartans in the series.

Player Notes:
- Senior Kalisha Keane moves into 17th place on the school's career scoring list with 1,099 points. Keane also jumped up to 18th all-time with 239 assists, 10th with 187 steals and sixth with 124 3-point field goals today.
- Senior Brittney Thomas started her 93rd career game today, tying for 11th in Spartan history.
- Junior Porsche Poole scored a career high 16 points, connecting on a career-best 4-of-5 3-pointers. She also tied her career high with four assists.
- MSU is now 4-0 all-time when Poole leads them in scoring and 9-1 when she scores double-figures.
- Keane tied her career high with four made 3-point field goals, going 4-of-5. In addition to her game-high 16 points, she added six rebounds, five assists and two steals.
- Freshman Annalise Pickrel scored in double-figures for the first time in her collegiate career, scoring 13 points and grabbing six rebounds in a season-high 25 minutes. Pickrel went 6-of-10 from the field.
- Junior Taylor Alton came off the bench to score a career high 10 points in 10 minutes. She hit all four of her attempts including a career-best two from behind the arc. Alton also grabbed a season-high three rebounds.
- Sophomore Jasmine Thomas posted season-highs with six rebounds and six assists, both leading the team.
- Senior Cetera Washington set a season-high with three assists, also adding eight points and four rebounds.
- Freshman Klarissa Bell set a season-high with five rebounds.

Team Notes: - The 40-point margin of victory was the largest for the Spartans since Nov. 14, 2008 against Niagara (116-50).
- The 42 points allowed were the fewest since holding Michigan to 27 points on Feb. 19, 2009.
- MSU dished out 27 assists on 32 made field goals. It was the most assists by the Spartans since they had 28 against Niagara on Nov. 14, 2008.
- The Spartans outrebounded Detroit, 51-29, the largest rebounding margin since MSU held a +24 edge against Xavier on Dec. 9, 2009.
- MSU hit a season-high 12 3-pointers, going 12-of-22 (54.5%). It was the most makes by the Spartans since hitting 13 against Florida Gulf Coast on Dec. 13, 2009. - MSU had a season-high 24 fast break points.
- The Spartan bench combined for 44 points, 23 rebounds, 12 assists in 94 minutes.
- Detroit entering the game scoring 67.3 points and allowing only 55.3 points through three games, but MSU held the Titans to 42 points and scored 82.