Spartans Improve to 12-1 with 57-47 Victory over Temple
Dec. 29, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's basketball team wrapped up its non-conference schedule on Saturday with a 57-47 win over Temple at Breslin Center. The Spartans, who will enter Big Ten play at 12-1, were led by 16 points from junior Annalise Pickrel, while senior Courtney Schiffauer added 10.
Junior Klarissa Bell had an impressive stat line with seven points, a career-high 13 rebounds, three assists (with no turnovers), a career-high three blocks and two steals in 37 minutes. Sophomore Kiana Johnson had a team-best four assists off the bench.
Temple scored the first two points of the game, but after a 3-point play by Pickrel at 17:26, the Spartans never trailed the rest of the way. Michigan State's lead grew to as much as 15 late in the first half, 34-19 with 1:32 left, but the Owls scored the next eight points over the last minute of the first half and the first two minutes of the second.
Back-to-back 3-pointers from Pickrel widened MSU's lead back up to double digits with 12:44 to go and the Spartans would maintain a 53-39 lead with 8:14 on the clock. However, Michigan State was held scoreless for the next 7:18 as Temple cut the deficit to 53-47. The Spartans would not let the game get any closer as Bell and Jasmine Thomas each knocked down two free throws in the final minute for the 57-47 final.
The Spartan defense held Temple to 30.4% shooting from the field and forced 17 turnovers. MSU held a 44-38 edge on the glass.
The Spartans begin Big Ten play on Thursday, hosting Minnesota at 7 p.m.
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