Spartans Travel to Wisconsin for Midweek Clash Against the Badgers

Jan. 1, 2008

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MICHIGAN STATE (9-5, 1-1) at WISCONSIN (7-5, 0-2)

Game Information
When: Wednesday, Jan. 2 • 8 p.m. ET
Where: Kohl Center (17,142) • Madison, Wis.

Media Coverage
TV: No television coverage.
Radio: WVFN 730 AM and (Rick Berkey: Play-by-Play)
Internet: Live audio at; live webstream and stats at

Series History
Overall: MSU leads, 33-20
Last meeting: @ MSU 56, Wisconsin 46 (12/31/06)
Series streak: MSU won eight

MSU: Suzy Merchant (Central Michigan, 1991)
Overall: 210-125 (13th year)
At MSU: 9-5 (first year)

UW: Lisa Stone (Iowa, 1984)
Overall: 438-187 (23rd year)
At Wisconsin: 63-69 (fifth year)

Fresh off a 60-53 victory over No. 17/18 Ohio State, the Michigan State women's basketball team (9-5, 1-1 Big Ten) heads to the road to face Wisconsin in Madison Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 8 p.m. Although the game is not televised, a free webstream will be provided at Wisconsin's official athletic website,

Wisconsin (7-5) has lost its first two Big Ten games, both on the road at Purdue and Illinois. The Badgers, who were picked second in the Big Ten in the preseason coaches poll and third in the media poll, return five starters and 13 letterwinners from last season's team that went 23-13 and lost in the WNIT championship game. MSU has won eight straight over the Badgers, with four of those wins arriving in Madison.

In the win over Ohio State, Allyssa DeHaan led all scorers with 18 points, while Kalisha Keane poured in 17. MSU out-rebounded the Buckeyes, 44-35, and collected a season-high 22 offensive rebounds. It marked Coach Merchant's first-ever win over a ranked team in her coaching career.

Michigan State handed Ohio State just its third conference loss in 35 games - two of them courtesy of the Spartans. MSU beat Ohio State in Columbus last year in the only meeting between the two teams, 62-59. The back-to-back victories over Ohio State is a first for the Spartans since winning five straight in a two-year span from 1997 and 1998. The win over Ohio State, the preseason Big Ten favorite, was especially key since the Spartans do not have to travel to Columbus during the regular season.

The Spartans return home to take on Penn State Saturday, Jan. 5 at noon in a nationally televised game on CBS.