MSU-Cal State Northridge Postgame Notes
Dec. 22, 2006
The lead changed 20 times an d there were 11 ties in MSU's 73-69 overtime win over Cal State Northridge.
Michigan State has won six straight overtime games, encapsulating a three-year span since beating Northwestern, 67-57, on Jan. 22, 2004. The last time the Spartans dropped an overtime game was against Ohio State, 89-82, in a double-overtime game on Feb. 28, 2002.
The Spartans came-from-behind in the second half to win for the second straight game. MSU was down 56-49 with 8:21 left against Northridge before coming back to win. Against UC Santa Barbara, MSU headed into the half down, 27-26, before coming back to win.
This was the third time this season that the Spartans had four players score in double figures, as Mia Johnson led the team with 19 points, Rene Haynes added 16, Allyssa DeHaan had 12 and Victoria Lucas-Perry accounted for 11. The Spartans also had four players score 10 or more against South Florida on Dec. 3 and UT Arlington on Nov. 19.
Mia Johnson led the team in scoring outright for the first time this season, as she scored 19 points, 12 in the final 25 minutes. Johnson tied for the team lead with 16 points against UT Arlington.
Allyssa DeHaan posted 18 rebounds, the most for a Spartan since Liz Shimek pulled in 19 against Pepperdine on Dec. 17, 2003... DeHaan also became just the fourth player in school history to record 50 blocked shots in a season. She has 51, the third best mark in school history, just six shy of the record of 57 set by Kristen Rasmussen in 1998-99.
Alisa Wulff hit a 3-pointer in her second consecutive game, once again providing the spark for a comeback, as she her trifecta with 10:06 left cut the Matador lead to one at 47-46.
Victoria Lucas-Perry's 11 points move her within nine of becoming the 33rd player in school history to reach 900 career points...Rene Haynes' 16 points moved her within 39 of becoming the 17th player in school history with 1,000 points.
Rene Haynes had three assists and no turnovers in 31 minutes of action, the first time this year the senior point guard had a game with no turnovers. It was the first time Haynes had been turnover free since playing 31 minutes in MSU's 61-59 win over Southern California on March 21, 2005 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
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