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

Michigan 41-29.

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