Nov. 26, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's basketball team earned its first signature win of the season tonight, as the Spartans topped No. 23/20 Old Dominion, 74-48, at the Breslin Center. MSU improves to 6-0 for the third time in school history.
The Spartans utilized a 13-0 run over the last 3:30 of the first half and the first 2:39 of the second half, to change the momentum and take control of the game. Trailing for much of the first half, MSU changed their defensive strategy and shutdown the Lady Monarachs. Through the game's first 16:30, ODU held and 27-25 lead and was shooting 47.3% (9-of-19) from the field. However, from that point on, the Monarchs managed only 21 points and shot 17.1% (6-of-35) from the field.
Out of the intermission, the Spartans came out strong, going on a 22-4 spurt over the first 9:10 to open up a 55-31 lead and put away the game.
Four Spartans scored in double-figures, led by 14 points off the bench from redshirt junior Lauren Aitch. Aitch also added a game-high eight rebounds and hit all six of her free throws. Redshirt senior Mia Johnson set the pace early scoring all of her 13 points in the first half, knocking down three 3-pointers and tying for the team lead with three assists. Sophomore Kalisha Keane and freshman Courtney Schiffauer chipped in 10 points apiece.
For the game, MSU held ODU to a season-low 27.8% from the field. The Spartans have now kept each opponent under 30% from the field this season. The Monarchs also shot only 20.0% (3-of-15) from 3-point range.
The Spartans face their second straight ranked opponent on Saturday when they travel to South Bend, Ind. to face No. 14/10 Notre Dame. Opening tip at the Joyce Center is scheduled for 2 p.m.
NOTES: MSU starts 6-0 for only the third time in school history (1999-00 - 7-0, 1983-84 - 6-0) ... The Spartans have won two in a row against ranked opponents (beat No. 17/18 Ohio State on Dec. 30, 2007) ... However, it is their first win over a non-conference ranked opponent since Jan. 7, 2006 vs. No. 8/8 Rutgers, having lost their last six ... With 11 points, Tiffany Green became just the fifth opponent to score in double-figures against MSU this season ... Michigan State outscored ODU, 36-18 in the paint, 23-5 in second chance points and 34-8 off the bench ... The 16 turnovers was the lowest total for MSU this season ... Prior to the game, junior Allyssa DeHaan was presented a ball to commemorate her 1,000 career points.