Spartans Travel to Northwestern for Thursday Night Matchup
Jan. 16, 2008
GAME 19 TIPOFF
MICHIGAN STATE (10-8, 2-4) at NORTHWESTERN (4-13, 0-5)
NU: Beth Combs (Illinois, 1992)
SPARTANS TRAVEL TO NORTHWESTERN FOR THURSDAY NIGHT MATCHUP
Northwestern is still searching for its first Big Ten win following a 77-55 home loss to Ohio State on Sunday. Much like the Spartans, the Wildcats (4-13, 0-5) have been hampered with injuries this season - seven players have missed game action this season due to injuries, including two with torn ACLs. Most recently, Sara Stutz suffered a partial left ACL tear in the Penn State game last Thursday. The Wildcats start two freshmen, both of whom are averaging more than 10 points a game. Center Amy Jaeschke scored 24 points in NU's last game against Ohio State and is averaging a team-best 11.8 points a game, while guard Meshia Reed is second with 10.7 ppg.
The Spartans had their nine-game winning streak over Michigan snapped Sunday afternoon at Crisler Arena as the Wolverines hit 12 3-pointers in the 64-55 victory. Sophomore center Lauren Aitch grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds, including nine on the offensive end, and senior guard Courtney Davidson scored 13 points to lead the Green and White.
Sophomore center Allyssa DeHaan was limited to nine points and did not record a blocked shot for the first time in her career, but much of that was due to the fact that Michigan stayed on the perimeter throughout the game. The Wolverines, who lead the Big Ten in 3-pointers, shot 29 3-point attempts to just 20 2-point field goals. MSU outscored Michigan's bench, 25-0, including a career game from sophomore guard Takeya Fortner, who scored a career-high nine points in 31 minutes.
DEHAAN MSU'S ALL-TIME BLOCKS LEADER
DeHaan, who set the Big Ten single-season record with 145 blocked shots her freshman year, is second in the nation with 80 blocks through 18 games (4.4 avg.). The NCAA single-season record for blocked shots is held by Amie Williams of Jackson State, who had 152 in 2003. Louella Tomlinson, a 6-4 freshman from St. Mary's (Calif.), is first in the nation with 87 blocks in 17 games (5.1 avg.).
The NCAA career record is 480, set by TCU's Sandora Irvin from 2002-05. Jessica Davenport of Ohio State owns the Big Ten career record with 384.
With three blocks at Providence on Dec. 20, DeHaan became the fastest player in NCAA Division I history to reach the 200-block milestone while playing in her freshman and sophomore seasons (44 games).
SHE CAN SCORE TOO...
FORTNER TAKING ADVANTAGE OF HER OPPORTUNITY
KEANE OFF TO FAST START
Among Big Ten freshmen, Keane is tied for first in steals (2.0 avg.), first in free-throw percentage (.825), and second in scoring and rebounding (6.9 avg.).
The Ajax, Ontario, native is a natural small forward but is playing primarily at the power forward position due to the injury to Aisha Jefferson. She has the ability to post down low but also has excellent range with her jumper. Only 18, Keane played for Team Canada at the U21 FIBA World Championships in Moscow, Russia, and led the team in scoring with 11.1 ppg, which ranked 20th overall at the tournament.
Keane scored her 100th career point in MSU's eighth game of the season at Old Dominion, becoming the fourth player in Spartan history to reach the century mark in just eight games. Kris Emerson was the fastest, scoring her 100th point in just her sixth game during the 1983-84 season. Allyssa DeHaan was the second fastest, crossing the century mark in her seventh game last season, while Lindsay Bowen also scored her 100th point in her eighth game.
FRESHMAN THOMAS IS MSU'S FLOOR GENERAL
Thomas has shown the ability to be an excellent all-around player - she leads all Big Ten freshmen in assists (4.2 avg.) and steals (2.0 avg.) and ranks fifth in scoring (7.3 ppg). She leads all guards and is fourth among conference freshmen in rebounding with 5.0 a game. In Big Ten games, she ranks first in her class and third overall in field-goal percentage (62.5 percent through six games).
Before the season is done, Thomas' name will be throughout MSU's freshman record book. She already ranks fifth in assists with 75.
TAKING CARE OF THE BOARDS
CAN'T FORGET ABOUT THE BENCH
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