Nov. 29, 2009
FREEPORT, Bahamas - Senior Allyssa DeHaan scored eight of her season-high 23 points in the two overtime periods, as the No. 25 Michigan State women's basketball team outlasted Oklahoma State in double overtime, 93-90, in the Junkanoo Jam Lucaya Division championship game on Saturday night.
In a game which including 22 lead changes and 12 ties, the two teams battled back-and forth all night inside the St. Georges High School Gym. The Cowgirls led by as much as 10 in the first half, but the Spartans battled back and put together a 10-0 run to take a four-point lead 30-26 with 6:18 left to go in the first half. OSU retook the lead with 1:22 to go at 41-40, but MSU closed the half with the final five points to take a 45-41 halftime lead.
The Spartans scored the first basket of the second half for its biggest lead of the game, and would hold onto the lead until Oklahoma State tied the game at 60 with 6:58 to go in regulation. The Cowgirls opened up a four point advantage (65-61) with 5:05 left, but a 12-4 MSU run gave the Spartans back the lead at 73-69 with under one minute to go. However, OSU scored the final four points of regulation capped by two free throws from Andrea Riley with 12 seconds left to force overtime.
DeHaan scored the first eight points of overtime for the Spartans, giving them an 81-80 lead with 1:39 left. A pair of Kalisha Keane free throw widened the Spartan lead to three with 1:07 on the clock, but Riley banked in a fall away 3-pointer from 25-feet as time expired to send the game to double overtime.
Both teams lead early in the second overtime, but a jumper by OSU's Lindsay Keller tied the game at 88 with 1:05 left. The Spartans scored the next five points, begun by a layup by redshirt senior Aisha Jefferson, to put the game away. Riley hit a layup as time expired for the 93-90 final.
DeHaan was named the Lucaya Division's most valuable player, and Keane joined her on the all-tournament team.
Oklahom State's Andrea Riley scored 44 points and dished out eight assists in the loss. Riley went 14-of-42 from the field, including 3-of-16 from 3-point range, and hit 13-of-17 free throws.
The Spartans return to action against No. 4 North Carolina on Thursday night at 8:30 p.m. at the Breslin Center.
- Head coach Suzy Merchant won her 250th career game. In her 14th season as head coach, Merchant has compiled a career record of 250-147 between Michigan State, Eastern Michigan and Saginaw Valley State.
- The win was MSU's 12th straight overtime victory. Its last loss came on Feb. 28, 2002 against Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament. That game was also the Spartans last double overtime game. MSU had lost its last three double overtime games prior to tonight, with its last win coming on Jan. 15, 1995 vs. Iowa (71-70).
- With her season-high and tournament record eight blocks, Allyssa DeHaan moved into fifth place on the NCAA career blocks list with 429.
- DeHaan also moved into eighth on the MSU career points list with 1,374 after tonight's season-high 23 points.
- DeHaan also went 9-of-10 from the free throw line to move into seventh place on the Spartans' made 3-point field goal list with 285.
- The Spartans are 35-6 when DeHaan leads them in scoring.
- Aisha Jefferson moved into 22nd on the MSU all-time points list with 984.
- Jefferson also had a season-high eight rebounds.
- Kalisha Keane had a career high 13 rebounds to go along with a season high 20 points, four assists, a season-high two blocks and two steals. It was her first double-double of the season and sixth of her career.
- The Spartans had season-highs in rebounds (52), assists (23) and blocks (12).
- Michigan State was plus-5 on the boards tonight, having out-rebounded its last five opponents.
- MSU overcame a 10-point deficit, its biggest comeback of the season.
- Tonight's 93 points was the most by the Spartans since last season's 116-50 opening win vs. Niagara (Nov. 14, 2008).
- MSU is now 71-40 in regular season tournaments and 6-4 all-time outside of the U.S.
- The Spartans are now 2-2 all-time against Oklahoma State.
- Brittney Thomas had season highs with nine points and five assists.
- Jasmine Thomas had her second-straight double-figure scoring outing with 11 points.
- Lykendra Johnson had a season high with four assists.
- MSU had a 40-18 edge in the paint and 40-17 advantage off the bench.
- Oklahoma State's Andrea Riley's 44 points were the most scored against MSU in program history, topping the 43 points scored by Tennessee Tech's Jerilynn Harper on Nov. 29, 1980.