Spartans Remain at Home to Host No. 18 Penn State Sunday
Jan. 28, 2012
ABOUT PENN STATE
AGAINST THE NITTANY LIONS
FIRST MEETING (MSU 75, PSU 65 - Jan. 7)
K. Johnson also dished out a team best five assists in the win. Porsche Poole added 12 points in the win, while Lykendra Johnson posted her fifth double-double of the season with 10 points and 15 rebounds. The Spartans hit a season high 11 3-pointers, shooting 47.8% from behind the arc. MSU also forced Penn State into a season high 25 turnovers and picked up 14 steals.
The Spartans were impressive in the first half, taking a 46-24 lead into the break. Michigan State knocked down 8-for-11 from behind the arc and forced PSU into 14 turnovers. Penn State opened with a brief 4-3 lead, but MSU would go on a 15-5 run and not trail again. The Spartans put together another extended run later in the half, this time an 11-0 spurt over nearly six minutes, to go up 33-15 with under four minutes to go. The Green and White kept its foot on the pedal, going into the break up 22 after a 3-pointer by L. Johnson in the final seconds.
Penn State fought back in the final 20 minutes, behind 28 second half points from Maggie Lucas. The Spartans led by 17 (63-46) with 8:42 left, but the Lions went on a 15-2 run to cut the MSU lead to four (65-61) with 3:15 to go. However, PSU would not get any closer, as K. Johnson scored eight of the Spartans last 10 points, including hitting all six of her free throws, down the stretch to seal the victory.
LAST TIME OUT (Illinois 71, MSU 62 OT)
Another sluggish start offensively by the Spartans, combined with a 9-0 run by Illinois late in the half, put Michigan State in a 35-21 hole at intermission. Michigan State scored the first 12 points of the second half, led by seven from Poole, and compiled a 21-2 run over the first eight minutes to open up a five point lead. The Illini came back and tied the game on five occasions, eventually taking a 56-55 lead with 1:12 to go. Poole came down and drilled a foul line jumper to put MSU back ahead at 57-56 with 54 seconds on the clock. After a shot clock violation, Poole hit only one of two free throws, allowing Illinois a chance to tie in the final seconds. Adrienne Godbold would make a putback layup with nine seconds left, forcing overtime. Illinois controlled overtime from the tip, going home with a 71-62 victory.
REACHING A MILESTONE
Currently she is among the program's leaders in many statistical categories, ranking second all-time in offensive rebounds (371), fourth in rebounds (926), fourth in blocks (131), fifth in steals (211), ninth in free throws made (268) and 16th with 57 3-point field goals. Johnson is also eighth in career starts (104), 13th with 120 games played and 17th with 3,071 minutes played.
Johnson is the first Spartan to total at least 1,000 points, 750 rebounds and 200 steals in her career, and is the only MSU player to currently rank in the top-5 in both career steals and blocks.
Senior Lykendra Johnson has totaled 14 steals in her last three games (4.7 a game), and has moved into seventh place in the Big Ten with 2.1 a game. In conference games, she is tied for second with 3.3 a game.
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARDS
Johnson moved into the top-10 on the MSU career rebounding list last season and is currently fourth with 926 rebounds, surpassing Allyssa DeHaan on Monday at Purdue. She is only seven rebounds shy of tying Kris Emerson for third all-time at MSU. In terms of offensive rebounds, she is at an even quicker pace up the Spartan all-time charts. Since the stat began being recorded in 1986-87, Johnson has the second-most offensive rebounds all-time (371) and her 3.1 a game average is second to Liz Shimek (3.4).
Earlier this season she set a career-high with 20 on Nov. 15 vs. IPFW. Those 20 rebounds were the seventh most ever by a Spartan and the most since Kristen Rasmussen grabbed 20 on Dec. 30, 1997. They are also the most in the Big Ten since Penn State's Nikki Greene had 20 on Jan. 23, 2011.
Johnson's value on the floor for the Spartans is undeniable. So far this season, MSU is +169 with her on the court, but are -24 when she is sitting on the bench. In Big Ten games last year, the Spartans were +187 with Johnson on the floor, but -49 when she was on the bench.
Johnson leads the Spartans and is seventh in the Big Ten with 4.0 assists per game, and is fourth overall with a 1.6 assist-to-turnover ratio. She has increased her production in conference games, tying for third in assists with 5.0. Johnson is second on the team in steals with 2.0 a game, tying for eighth in the Big Ten.
Among freshmen nationally, Johnson is 11th in assists and third in assist-to-turnover ratio.
SPLASH IN THE POOLE
Poole has also set career high marks in almost every statistical category so far this season. She has already topped her season high totals in rebounds and assists, and is only one steal shy of her freshman career-high total. Poole is also shooting a career best 45.5% from the field, which ranks second on the team. Coming into the season as a 61.2% free throw shooter, she is fourth on the team with a 71.0% mark this season, and has already made 17 more free throws than she made all of last season.
ACCEPTING A ROLE
Schiffauer has started Big Ten play strong, setting career high rebound marks in each of the first two games, posting nine at Indiana and 11 vs. Michigan. She has increased her production in Big Ten games, averaging 6.5 points and 5.4 rebounds, compared to 4.3 points and 2.7 rebounds in the non-conference games. Two Sundays ago, Schiffauer reached double figures for the first time since Dec. 18, 2010, a span of 32 games, scoring a team-high 12 points vs. No. 11 Ohio State.
GETTING TO THE LINE
The Spartans have been 39-4 over the last three seasons when attempting more free throws than their opponent, including a 8-2 mark this season.
CRASHING THE BOARDS
MSU has out-rebounded 41 of its last 47 opponents dating back to last season, and was outrebounded only three this season at Texas, at Penn State and vs. Indiana. Last season, Michigan State led the Big Ten in rebound margin, offensive rebounds and both rebound percentage categories. MSU was +8.4 in rebound margin, which was also ninth in the nation and broke the school's single-season record. The Spartans also topped the league with 15.5 offensive rebounds a game, which tied the previous record (2005-06).
FANS CONTINUE TO PACK THE BRESLIN
Michigan State had its first official sellout in program history last season vs. Michigan (Feb. 13) with a crowd of 14,797. It was the first sellout by a Big Ten school since Feb. 29, 2004 (Penn State), and just the ninth by a Big Ten school in their current home venue. With the sellout, the Spartans were the Big Ten Conference winner of the NCAA's Pack the House initiative.
In the 23-year history at Breslin, 1,248,739 fans have watched a MSU women's basketball game. So far this season, MSU is second in the Big Ten with 6,796 fans a game.
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