Michigan State Loses Heartbreaker To Hofstra
Spartans suffer first loss of the season, 57-53.
Nov. 22, 2006
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Cigi McCollin scored 24 points and seemed to grab every loose ball as the Pride stunned the No. 17 Spartans 57-53 on Wednesday night.
Vanessa Gidden added 12 points and seven rebounds, and Lana Harshaw had eight points and 11 rebounds for Hofstra (3-1).
Michigan State wasn't ready to play until the last five minutes, its coach, Joanne P. McCallie, said.
"They could put a lot of height in there," Kilburn-Steveskey said. "But people are going to hit some shots against you. The key is not to get deflated. We learned from a bad experience against Baylor."
McCollin had 12 points and was 3-for-5 from 3-point range in the first half as Hofstra took a 27-20 lead. The Spartans shot just 29.6 percent from the field and had 12 turnovers in a ragged first half.
The lead grew to 31-20 before Michigan State scored 11 straight points, starting and ending with DeHaan's layups for her first two baskets of the night.
McCollin took over from there with a key 3-pointer and four straight free throws. Hofstra shot 34.4 percent from the field and 57.1 at the foul line but got 22 points off turnovers and 16 second-chance points.
The Spartans shot 43.3 percent in the last 20 minutes and held the Pride to 31 percent. But the seeds of defeat had been sown before that.
"The mistakes we made early really hurt us," McCallie said. "They got eight more second-chance points than we did because they hustled. And 18 turnovers against a zone? We're better than that. But we definitely weren't as aggressive as we need to be."