Spartans Host Indiana Sunday in Last Home Weekend Game of the Season

Jan. 18, 2008

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MICHIGAN STATE (11-8, 3-4) vs. INDIANA (11-7, 4-2)

Game Information
When: Sunday, Jan. 20 • 2 p.m. ET
Where: Breslin Center • East Lansing, Mich.

Media Coverage
TV: No television coverage.
Radio: WVFN 730 AM and (Rick Berkey: Play-by-Play)
Live Stats: Gametracker at

Series History
Overall: MSU leads, 34-20
Last meeting: MSU 64, @ Indiana 56 - OT (1/4/07)

MSU: Suzy Merchant (Central Michigan, 1991)
Overall: 212-128 (13th year)
At MSU: 11-8 (first year)

IU: Felisha Legette-Jack (Syracuse, 1989)
Overall: 84-84 (sixth year)
At Indiana: 30-21 (second year)

The Michigan State women's basketball team still has five home games left on the schedule, but Sunday's matchup against Indiana will be the last home weekend game of the season. The Spartans will tangle with the Hoosiers at 2 p.m. in the Breslin Center. The game will not be televised.

MSU is coming off a 74-62 victory over Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., on Thursday. The Spartans (11-8, 3-4 Big Ten) were led by freshman Kalisha Keane, who scored a career-high 23 points. Allyssa DeHaan added 19 points on 7-for-13 shooting, while Courtney Davidson and Lauren Aitch each poured in 10 points.

The Spartans led 31-29 at the break, but put together a nice, crisp second half of basketball to pull away from the Wildcats (4-14, 0-6 Big Ten). MSU only had four second-half turnovers and shot 50 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes, outscoring the Wildcats, 43-33. Keane scored 15 of her 23 in the second half, while DeHaan went 6-for-9 with 14 points. Michigan State collected a season-high 15 steals, including three each from Cetera Washington and Brittney Thomas. Thomas played all 40 minutes for the fifth time this season, scoring six points with six rebounds.

Indiana enters East Lansing with a 4-2 mark in Big Ten play, which is tied for second in the league standings. The Hoosiers (11-7 overall) have won three of their last four and two straight, winning on the road at Purdue on Monday, 66-54, and defeating Minnesota in double overtime at home on Thursday, 80-77. Sophomore guard Jamie Braun leads the team in scoring with 14.4 points a game, while junior forward Whitney Thomas is second with 12.0 ppg.

Second-year Indiana head coach Felisha Legette-Jack was an assistant coach at MSU for two seasons from 2000-02. Legette-Jack went on to become the head coach at Hofstra for four seasons (2002-06) before being named the head coach at Indiana on April 19, 2006.

Michigan State leads the all-time series against Indiana, 34-20. MSU has won the last eight meetings, including four straight victories in East Lansing. MSU won the season series in 2006-07, winning at home 74-49 and in Bloomington, 64-56, in overtime. The Spartans own a 17-8 advantage in games played in East Lansing.

• Michigan State defeated Northwestern, 74-62, Thursday night in Evanston, Ill.

• It marked MSU's eighth straight win over the Wildcats and fourth consecutive victory in Evanston.

Kalisha Keane scored a career-high 23 points on 9-of-19 shooting.

Allyssa DeHaan scored 19 points, her most in four games, on 7-of-13 shooting.

• The two teams traded leads 12 times in the first half. MSU led 31-29 at the break.

• MSU outscored the Wildcats 43-33 in the second half. The Spartans only committed four turnovers and shot 50 percent (17-for-34) in the final 20 minutes.

• Michigan State swiped a season-high 15 steals. Cetera Washington tied a career high with three steals in just nine minutes of action.

• In her first start of the season, Courtney Davidson scored 10 points and had two steals, two assists and three rebounds. It was Davidson's second career start (first career start came last season at Rutgers).

Lauren Aitch scored 10 points off the bench. MSU is 6-1 in games when Aitch scores in double-figures.

• The Spartans outrebounded the Wildcats, 36-35. MSU has outrebounded its opponents in five of its last six games.

Kalisha Keane scored a career-high 23 points at Northwestern on Thursday night.

Michigan State is the only team in the Big Ten to feature two players ranked among the top 10 in scoring and rebounding. Allyssa DeHaan is fifth in the conference in scoring (15.4 ppg) and rebounding (7.9 rpg), while Kalisha Keane is 10th in scoring (13.7 ppg) and rebounding (6.8 rpg).

DeHaan and Keane account for 45 percent of the team's points and 40 percent of the team's rebounds. MSU is 7-3 when both DeHaan and Keane score in double-figures.

Freshman Brittney Thomas is gaining valuable experience in her first season as the starting point guard. The Bolingbrook, Ill., product has started every game and leads the team in minutes, averaging 35.0 a game, including five games in which she has played all 40 minutes.

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 (2.1 avg.) and ranks fifth in scoring (7.3 ppg). She leads all guards and is fourth among conference freshmen in rebounding with 5.1 a game. In Big Ten games, she ranks first in her class and second overall in field-goal percentage (62.8 percent through seven games).

Before the season is done, Thomas' name will be throughout MSU's freshman record book. She already ranks fourth in assists with 75.