Dec. 21, 2006
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - Michigan State coach Joanne P. McCallie got her 300th career win, but only after the No. 20 Spartans overcame a lackluster first half and began playing more like a team.
Allyssa DeHaan scored 17 points as Michigan State (8-2) overcame a one-point midgame deficit for a 69-45 victory over UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday night.
"I was very impressed with Allyssa's composure," McCallie said, "playing against such a fine post player as (Jenna) Green," who led Santa Barbara with 13 points and nine rebounds.
McCallie is in her seventh season at Michigan State after eight years at Maine.
The Gauchos (4-7) took a 27-26 halftime lead on Jordan Franey's two 3-pointers. She finished with 12 points.
"They came out very aggressive. They're an excellent team. We knew they were coming off a great win against Pepperdine," 78-67 on Monday, McCallie said. "We did a much better job in the second half of working together. ...
"I wasn't pleased with everything in the first half, but I thought it was a great basketball game."
Michigan State's Victoria Lucas-Perry stayed on the sidelines for much of the first half and scored all her 15 points in the second half.
"I know Victoria, as a senior, was not happy to be sitting on the bench in the first half," the Spartans coach said. "Victoria sat a long time, and I felt good about that, from a standpoint, because I knew what we would get out of Victoria because of that."
Aisha Jefferson added 12 for the Spartans.