Feb. 10, 2010
rv/- MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS (15-8, 6-6) at
MICHIGAN WOLVERINES (14-9, 6-7)
Date: Thursday, Feb. 11
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Location: Ann Arbor, Mich.
Arena: Crisler Arena
Radio: WVFN 730 AM (Rick Berkey - play-by-play)
Internet: Live broadcast on BigTenNetwork.com ($2.99 pay-per-view); Live audio and stats at MSUSpartans.com
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AGAINST THE WOLVERINES
The Wolverines enter the week at 14-9 overall and 6-7 in the Big Ten. The Wolverines are coming off a 74-40 win over Minnesota on Sunday, and have won four of their last five. U-M is 7-2 at home this season, including a 4-2 mark in conference play. Michigan is fifth in the Big Ten in scoring at 67.3 points and fourth in scoring defense ay 60.3. They have also been efficient from the field, ranking second in field goal percentage (44.2%) and third in 3-point field goal percentage (35.1%). Carmen Reynolds leads three Wolverines in double-figures with 13.5 points per game, followed by Veronica Hicks (13.0) and Dayeesha Hollins (12.0). Krista Phillips is the top rebounder at 6.3, while Hollins leads with 3.5 assists.
Michigan State leads the all-time series, 54-15, and are 21-9 all-time in Ann Arbor. MSU has won five-straight in the series, and 13 of the last 14 games. In the first meeting this season on New Year's Eve in East Lansing, the Spartans posted a 86-71 victory. Lykendra Johnson
and Kalisha Keane
combined for 37 points, 13 rebounds, nine assists and seven steals in the win.
SWATTING HER WAY INTO THE NCAA RECORD BOOKS
Senior Allyssa DeHaan entered her senior season on pace to break the NCAA Division I blocked shots record. At Indiana on Jan. 3, she moved into second all-time and currently has 479 blocks, needing only two to surpass the record held by Sandora Irvin of TCU (2001-05). Louella Tomlinson, a junior at St. Mary's (CA), is in third with 478
DeHaan became the Big Ten's all-time blocked shots leader during MSU's Big Ten Tournament game against Wisconsin on March, 6, 2009. She surpassed Ohio State's Jessica Davenport (384) for the record. In addition, in last season's win over Stony Brook (Nov. 16, 2008), she became the fastest in conference history to reach the 300-block plateau, needing only 72 games.
DeHAAN BLOCKS BY THE NUMBERS
With Allyssa DeHaan having the opportunity to break the NCAA block record on Thursday, it was a good time to take a look at her potential accomplishment numerically.
267 - different players blocked by DeHaan.
250 - career blocks in the Breslin Center.
246 - career blocks on layups. She has 223 blocks on jump shots and 10 on 3-point attempts.
241 - career blocks in the second half. She has 234 in the first half, three in first overtime and one in second OT.
150 - blocks during the 2007-08 season, the MSU and Big Ten single-season record.
118 - career games that DeHaan has led MSU in blocks.
113 - career blocks in December, her most in any month. She also had 111 in November, 101 in January, 87 in February, 57 in March and 10 in April.
34 - career blocks against Indiana, her most against an opposing team. Penn State (30), Minnesota (28), Purdue (26) and Iowa (23) round out the top-5.
21 - career blocks at the Big Ten Tournament, three shy of tying the tournament record.
17 - career blocks at Indiana's Assembly Hall, her most in a Big Ten arena.
14 - career blocks against Xavier, her most against a non-conference opponent.
10 - career blocks against Minnesota's Zoe Harper and Illinois' Jenna Smith, her most against an individual.
9 - blocks against Indiana on Dec. 28, 2006, Indiana St. on Dec. 8, 2007 and Xavier on Dec. 14, 2008, the top single-game block performances in MSU history.
7 - blocks against Indiana's Whitney Thomas on Dec. 28, 2006, her most against an individual in a single-game.
HOW THE COMPUTERS RANK MSU
The Spartans are second in the Big Ten, behind Ohio State, in RPI this season, ranking 18th according to CollegeRPI.com, 19th in the NCAA RPI and 24th by RealTimeRPI.com. The MSU schedule is the toughest among conference foes and ranks ninth nationally, by both CollegeRPI.com and RealTimeRPI.com. In non-conference action, CollegeRPI.com has MSU fourth nationally in RPI. As a conference, the Big Ten is fourth in RPI overall, and in the non-conference schedule was second in both RPI and strength of schedule according to CollegeRPI.com.
PRODUCTION OFF THE BENCH
The depth of the 2009-10 Spartans has paid dividends this season. The MSU bench is averaging 28.7 points, 17.9 rebounds and 6.6 assists, while playing 80.3 minutes per game, compared the opposition's 13.8 points, 14.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 56.7 minutes. MSU's 28.7 points off the bench lead the Big Ten, by more than 10 points per game, as Purdue is second in the conference at 19.1 points. The Spartans have received 28 double-figure scoring efforts off the bench this season, including the leading scorer eight times.
Michigan State has been a dangerous team this season against teams ranked in the nation's top-10. Up to this point in the season, MSU is one of eight teams (California, Connecticut, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Rutgers, South Carolina, Vanderbilt) to have played at least four top-10 teams, having gone 2-2. The Spartans knocked off No. 4 North Carolina and No. 8 Xavier, and their two losses (No. 5 Notre Dame and No. 6 Ohio State) have come by a combined four points.
In all, MSU is one of five teams in the country with at least two top-10 wins, as No. 1 Connecticut has five top-10 wins, No. 4 Nebraska has three, and No. 2 Stanford and No. 10 Oklahoma State each also have two.
It was the only the second time in program history that a Spartan team has beaten two Associated Press top-10 teams in the same regular season. The 2002-03 Spartans knocked off No. 7/6 Purdue on Jan. 6 and No. 10 Minnesota on Jan. 23.
Senior Allyssa DeHaan is one of only five Spartans to rank in the top-10 in both career points and rebounds. She became the sixth Spartan to score 1,500 career points vs. Ohio State on Jan. 9 and currently has 1,579 points. Maxann Reese (1996-00) is fifth with 1,589 and Kris Emerson is fourth with 1,590.
DeHaan moved into fourth all-time at MSU in rebounds at Northwestern on Jan. 28, and currently has 871. Kris Emerson is third with 933. In addition, she is third with both 334 made free throws and 608 made field goals in MSU career record books.
AMONG THE NATION'S BEST
Michigan State is fourth in the nation in blocked shots this season, averaging 7.0 blocks. Senior Allyssa DeHaan leads the charge, ranking fifth in the nation with 3.3 per game.
The Spartans are also among the nation's top-50 in three other categories, placing 19th in field goal percentage defense (35.1%), 28th in rebound margin (+5.8) and 33rd in assists (15.7).
THREE-PLUS YEARS OF SWATTING
Upon Allyssa DeHaan's arrival to East Lansing, the Spartans have been one of the effective teams in the country in protecting the rim. Since the beginning of the 2006-07 season, MSU is second in the nation with 770 blocks. North Carolina is first with 859, followed by MSU, Baylor (757), Duke (745), Connecticut (728) and St. Mary's (708).
The Spartans had been among the NCAA leaders in blocks each of those three years, finishing the season eighth in 2008-09, 11th in 2007-08 and fourth in 2006-07.
11th TO 1,000 AND 600
Redshirt senior Aisha Jefferson became 11th Spartan to total 1,000 points and 600 rebounds in their career. She is currently 15th all-time with both 1,113 points and 617 rebounds. On Dec. 6 against Indiana, Jefferson became the 20th 1,000 point scorer in MSU history, knocking in a free throw with 7:30 on the clock in the first half. In addition, she is 12th with 443 made field goals and 17th with 215 made free throws.
THOMAS SPREADING THE WEALTH
On Sunday at Iowa, junior Brittney Thomas set a career high with 10 assists. It was the most assists by a Spartan this season and the most since Kristin Haynie had 10 against Vanderbilt on March 27, 2005. Thomas has increased her distribution in Big Ten play, averaging 4.1 assists per game through 12 conference games, in comparison to 2.7 assists in 11 non-conference contests.
A BIG TEN SPARK
Junior Kalisha Keane has been a dangerous offensive weapon for the Spartans in Big Ten play, increasing her production in league games. She is 20th in the conference averaging 10.3 points per game, while having averaged 8.2 points in non-conference action. Keane has also improved her shooting percentages, making 42.5% from the field and 40.4% from 3-point range in league games, in comparison to 36.3% and 33.3%, respectively in non-conference.
NEW LEADER EVERY NIGHT
Each night, a different Spartan has stepped up as the offensive leader, as eight different players have led MSU in scoring. Through 12 conference games, seven different Spartans have paced the team offensively. It doesn't stop there as nine different Spartans have led the team in assists this season and seven different have paced the team in rebounds.
In all, nine different Spartans have scored in double-figures in a game this season, including a school-record six in the win over Florida Gulf Coast. The last time a MSU team had six players in double-digits was Feb. 18, 1996 vs. Michigan.
AMONG BIG TEN LEADERS
The Spartans lead the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense (.351), blocked shots (7.00), offensive rebounds (14.74) and total rebounds (42.9). They are also second in scoring margin (+7.3) and rebound margin (+5.8), and third in scoring offense (68.4), assists (15.70), assist-to-turnover ratio (0.87) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (.306).
Individually, redshirt sophomore Lykendra Johnson ranks among the conference leaders in many categories: offensive rebounds (3.3; 1st), rebounds (8.3; 3rd), blocks (10th; 1.2), steals (13th, 1.61), field goal percentage (t-8th; .464) and scoring (28th; 8.9). Senior Allyssa DeHaan is second in the league in blocks with 3.3, and is also 11th in rebounds (6.4), sixth in free throw percentage (.821), 14th in field goal percentage (.444) and 14th in scoring (12.2). Junior Brittney Thomas has moved up to eighth in assists with 3.43.
In conference games, the Spartans lead the Big Ten in blocks (6.08) and field goal percentage defense (.353), and rank second in scoring margin (+3.2) and offensive rebounds (14.33). Individually, Johnson leads in offensive rebounds with 3.5, and is also fourth in rebounds (8.1) and tied for third in steals (2.00). DeHaan tied for first in blocks with 2.92 and Brittney Thomas is sixth in assists (4.08). Kalisha Keane has been efficient from behind the arc, ranking seventh in 3-point field goal percentage (.404).
THEY ALL CAN KNOCK IT DOWN
With Lauren Aitch's 3-pointer on Thursday against Penn State last Thursday, she became the 12th Spartan to knock down a trey this season, the most in the Big Ten. Michigan has had 10 different players hit a 3-pointer.
SPARTANS' DYNAMIC DUO
In their two-plus years on the court together, the Spartans know good things will happen when seniors Aisha Jefferson and Allyssa DeHaan are both playing well. When both score in double-figures, MSU holds a 20-4 record, including a 2-2 record this season.
DeHaan's scoring has shown to be a deciding factor in most Spartan games. When she reaches double-digits, Michigan State is 63-21 in her career. Also, when she leads the team in scoring, MSU is 39-8. Meanwhile, MSU is 35-16 when Jefferson tallies double-figures.
CENTER OF ATTENTION
MSU has received great production from the center position this season. The duo of seniors Allyssa DeHaan and Lauren Aitch have combined to average 19.5 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.7 blocks. The pair has been only on the floor together for 47:30 this season, but 14:30 of which was in the last game.
IMPROVEMENTS FROM BEHIND THE ARC
Sophomore Lykendra Johnson has improved her outside shooting early in the 2009-10 season, having already matched her made 3-point field goal total from last season. This season, she is 18-of-57 (.316) from the arc, while last year she went 4-of-20 (.200) in 33 games.
Aside from her increased production from 3-point range, Johnson has also been a do-it-all for the Spartans this season. She is among the team leaders in every statistical category - points (third), rebounds (first), assists (fifth), steals (first), blocks (second), field goal percentage (first) and 3-point field goal percentage (third).
ON THIS DATE
Michigan State is 7-1 all-time on February 11.