No. 25/22 Spartans Rebound with 82-42 Win Over Detroit

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.


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.