No. 25 Michigan St. 61, Michigan 50
Kalisha Keane scored 11 points to help No. 25 Michigan State
beat Michigan 61-50 Friday in the Big Ten tournament
Lykendra Johnson, Aisha Jefferson and Jasmine Thomas added 10
points apiece for the Spartans (22-8), who advanced to a semifinal
against Iowa, an 82-75 winner over Penn State 82-75.
Michigan State’s center, 6-foot-9 Allyssa DeHaan, left with back
spasms in the first half against Michigan and did not return. Coach
Suzy Merchant said DeHaan is questionable for Saturday’s game.
DeHaan played just eight minutes, and finished with two points,
two rebounds and two blocks. Michigan State still outrebounded
Despite DeHaan’s injury, the Spartans won their seventh straight
game and their seventh straight in the series. Michigan State won
all three meetings this season.
Krista Phillips led Michigan (17-13) with 12 points, and Carmen
Reynolds added 10 for the Wolverines, who had won two straight.
Michigan State shot 50 percent in the second half while holding
Michigan to 25 percent shooting.
Michigan State took a seven-point lead in the early minutes of
the second half, but the 6-foot-6 Phillips took advantage of
DeHaan’s absence by scoring four straight points to pull Michigan
to within 36-33.
Michigan State responded with a 10-4 run, and a jumper by
Jefferson gave the Spartans a 46-37 edge with 10:24 to play.
Michigan State led by at least five points the rest of the way.
Michigan ran out to a 10-3 lead before the Spartans rallied.
Jefferson got a friendly bounce on a 3-pointer to tie the score at
16 with 8:10 left in the first half. The Spartans finally took a
25-23 lead on a layup by Brittney Thomas.
Jasmine Thomas drained a jumper with 7 seconds left in the first
half to give Michigan State a 32-29 lead at the break.
Michigan State didn’t shoot much better than Michigan, but the
Spartans scored 14 second-chance points on 17 offensive