Spartans Hit the Road, Take on Illinois Thursday Night in Champaign
Jan. 23, 2008
GAME 21 TIPOFF
MICHIGAN STATE (11-9, 3-5) at ILLINOIS (11-7, 3-4)
ILL: Jolette Law (Iowa, 1990)
SPARTANS HIT THE ROAD, TAKE ON ILLINOIS THURSDAY NIGHT IN CHAMPAIGN
MSU is coming off a 70-56 loss to Indiana before a crowd of 10,024 at home on Sunday. Allyssa DeHaan collected her fifth double-double of the season for the Spartans (11-9, 3-5 Big Ten) and Lauren Aitch also scored 15, but it wasn't enough to hold back the Hoosiers, who claimed their third straight victory.
Although Michigan State sits in ninth place in the conference standings at 3-5, there is not much separation between the Spartans and the rest of the Big Ten - just two and a half games separate teams No. 2 through No. 9 in the standings.
Illinois (11-7, 3-4 Big Ten) fell in a tough two-point loss at home against Iowa on Monday night, 60-58. With the game tied at 58, Iowa's Kristi Smith hit the game-winning shot with just six seconds on the clock. The Illini started conference play 2-0 but have lost four of their last five. However, three of Illinois' four conference losses have been by two points or less, including a 43-42 heartbreaker at Ohio State in which it lead 42-37 with 1:30 remaining. Illinois also lost by one point at Penn State, 49-48, after leading 48-45 with one minute remaining.
The Illini are led by sophomore center Jenna Smith, who ranks second in the league in scoring (18.4 ppg) and rebounding (10.0 rpg). She also leads the conference in field-goal percentage (.561). Illinois is one of the top defensive teams in the Big Ten, ranking first in conference games in scoring defense (allowing 53.9 ppg).
GAME 20 NOTES - INDIANA 70, MICHIGAN STATE 56
The crowd of 10,024 was the seventh largest in MSU history.
Allyssa DeHaan collected her fifth double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds...she also recorded four blocks, giving her 233 for her career and 88 for the season. The 88 blocks are tied for 10th most in a single-season in Big Ten history.
Lauren Aitch also scored 15 points for the Spartans, marking the eighth time of the season she has scored in double-figures.
MSU struggled shooting, going 4-for-21 from 3-point range...a 73 percent free-throw shooting team, the Spartans shot a season-low 40 percent (4-for-10) from the foul line.
With the score 26-23 in favor of IU at halftime, the Hoosiers came out of the break on a 12-0 run during the first four minutes of the second half to take a 38-23 advantage.
After swiping a season-high 15 steals at Northwestern on Thursday, MSU was held to a season-low two steals against Indiana.
MSU's bench outscored Indiana's, 26-0.
QUITE THE TANDEM
DeHaan and Keane account for 45 percent of the team's points and 39 percent of the team's rebounds. MSU is 7-3 when both DeHaan and Keane score in double-figures.
In Big Ten games, Brittney Thomas is first with 23 steals.
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SCHEDULE, PT. 2
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