Dec. 7, 2007
GAME 9 TIPOFF
No. 23/23 MICHIGAN STATE (6-2) at INDIANA STATE (5-2)
When: Saturday, Dec. 8 2 p.m.
Where: Hulman Center (10,200) Terre Haute, Ind.
TV: WTWO-NBC affiliate (Terre Haute local TV only)
Radio: WVFN 730 AM and msuspartans.com (Rick Berkey: Play-by-Play)
Internet: Live stats and pay-per-view video at gosycamores.com
Overall: MSU leads, 3-0
Last meeting: @ MSU 85, Indiana State 66 (11/24/06)
MSU: Suzy Merchant (Central Michigan, 1991)
Overall: 207-122 (13th year)
At MSU: 6-2 (first year)
ISU: Jim Wiedie (Kent State, 1988)
Overall: 132-79 (ninth year)
At ISU: same
SPARTANS PLAY SIXTH ROAD GAME OF THE SEASON, HEAD TO INDIANA STATE SATURDAY
For the sixth time in seven games, Michigan State will play away from the friendly confines of the Breslin Center as the Spartans travel to Indiana State Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. in Terre Haute, Ind. MSU (6-2) had its four-game winning streak snapped last Sunday at Old Dominion, 79-73, falling to a Monarchs team that has only lost to No. 1 Tennessee, No. 2 Connecticut and No. 6 Stanford. ODU (6-3) entered this week's Associated Press poll at No. 24.
Indiana State is currently 5-2 this season after defeating Ball State at home on Thursday night, 61-57. The Sycamores return four starters and 11 letterwinners from last season's team that went 19-11 overall and placed third in the Missouri Valley Conference with a 12-6 mark. ISU beat then-No. 17 Vanderbilt, 77-72, in Terre Haute on Nov. 14. The Sycamores have also defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff, San Diego State and Eastern Illinois while falling to Loyola-Marymount and Butler.
Prior to falling at Old Dominion, the Spartans defeated Clemson at home, 68-51, on Nov. 29 in the inaugural Big Ten/ACC Women's Challenge. MSU was one of three teams to register victories against the ACC, along with Michigan and Penn State, as the ACC won the challenge, 8-3. Allyssa DeHaan scored a season-high 26 points and tallied 13 rebounds against the Tigers, while Lauren Aitch recorded career highs with 16 points and nine rebounds.
MSU is in the midst of playing eight of 10 games away from East Lansing. The Spartans' next home game is Sunday, Dec. 16 vs. No. 9 Oklahoma at noon.
MINNESOTA GAME TIME CHANGE: TIP WILL BE MOVED UP TO 2 P.M. ON FRIDAY, DEC. 28
With the Michigan State football team playing its first bowl game in four years on Friday, Dec. 28 at 5 p.m. vs. Boston College in the Champs Sports Bowl, the MSU Athletics Department has announced that the women's basketball game vs. Minnesota in the Breslin Center scheduled for 7 p.m. that same night has been moved up to 2 p.m.
Allyssa DeHaan NAMED BIG TEN CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Allyssa DeHaan was named the Big Ten Co-Player of the Week on Monday, Dec. 3. DeHaan led MSU to a 2-1 record last week, including a season-best performance in MSU's 68-51 win over Clemson in the Big Ten/ACC Women's Challenge. Against the Tigers, DeHaan scored a season-best 26 points and collected a season-best 13 rebounds, her first double-double of the season and eighth of her career. She was 11-for-19 from the field and also had four blocks.
For the week, DeHaan averaged 18.0 points, 8.7 rebounds and 4.3 blocks. DeHaan is closing in on MSU's all-time blocks record - she has 185 for her career, just nine shy of the record of 194. The sophomore center was also 10-for-10 from the free-throw line during the week, and currently ranks fifth in the league with a 87.1 free-throw percentage.
This marks the third time in her career DeHaan has been named Big Ten Player of the Week. She won the award twice as a freshman (Dec. 3, 2006 and Feb. 18, 2007). This marks the second straight year she has won the award on Dec. 3. Last year, she scored a career-high 29 points against Rhode Island on Nov. 29, the same date she scored a season-high 26 points against Clemson this past Thursday.
LAST TIME VS. INDIANA STATE
Victoria Lucas-Perry scored a career-high 30 points and had seven rebounds, six assists and five steals in No. 17 Michigan State's 85-66 victory over Indiana State on Nov. 24, 2006, at the Breslin Center. Lucas-Perry was 11-for-18 from the field, 6-for-10 from 3-point range and 2-for-2 at the foul line for the Spartans, who finished with 28 assists. Allyssa DeHaan had 17 points, nine rebounds, three assists and four blocked shots, and Rene Haynes added 15 points.
Leah Phillips had 11 points, and Laura Rudolphi and Maria Olsthoorn each added 10 for the Sycamores, who came in averaging 100.3 points.
YOUNG SPARTANS GETTING HELP FROM FRESHMEN CLASS
With the losses of All-Big Ten guards Rene Haynes and Victoria Lucas-Perry to graduation, and Aisha Jefferson and Mia Johnson to injury, MSU is returning only one of its top five scorers from last season (Allyssa DeHaan).
The young Spartans are returning just 25 percent of their points, 24 percent of their rebounds and 24 percent of their minutes from 2006-07. Overall, MSU's 11 active players consist of nine freshmen and sophomores, and just two seniors. The Spartans have started three freshmen (Kalisha Keane, Brittney Thomas and Cetera Washington) in every game this season.
Thus far, the freshmen have responded, accounting for 43 percent of MSU's points and 41 percent of the team's rebounds. Keane is second on the team and 12th in the Big Ten in scoring with 12.8 ppg; Thomas is second in the Big Ten in assists (5.0 pg); and Washington averages 5.8 ppg and 3.3 rpg. Off the bench, Taja Wilson is scoring 3.3 ppg in 9.9 minutes of action.
Keane, Thomas and Washington became the first freshmen trio to start at MSU since the 2001-02 season, when Kristin Haynie, Joy Johnson and Kelli Roehrig started. The trio of Haynie, Johnson and Roehrig started the first five games of the 2001-02 season.
SHOOTING THE LIGHTS OUT
Michigan State has shot better than 50 percent in three games this season - a mark it only reached five times last season. MSU shot a season-high 57.9 percent at Delaware State, and also shot over 50 percent against Evansville (56.9 percent) and Northern Illinois (52.3). The Spartans are first in the Big Ten with a 46.4 percent field-goal percentage.
SHOOTING THE LIGHTS OUT PT. 2
MSU is also shooting the ball exceptionally well from the free-throw line, ranking third in the league at 76.1 percent. The Spartans shot 16-of-17 from the line in the three-point win at Delaware State, including 6-for-6 in the final minute. MSU went 13-for-14 in the first game against IUPUI and shot 18-for-19 in the win over Northern Illinois. MSU made a season-high 22 free throws in the win against Kansas State. MSU has shot equal or more free-throw attempts than its opponent in all but one game this season, and has made more free throws (102) than its opponents have attempted (100).
In the final two minutes of games, MSU is shooting 82 percent from the line (18-22). Courtney Davidson is a perfect 8-for-8 during that stretch, including 4-for-4 at Delaware State in the final minute.
KEANE OFF TO FAST START
Freshman forward Kalisha Keane is second on the team in scoring this season and 12th in the Big Ten with 102 points (12.8 avg) and has already scored in double-figures six times. She scored her 100th career point in MSU's eighth game of the season at Old Dominion, becoming just 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. DeHaan owns the freshman record for points in a season with 411.