BURLINGTON, Vt. - The Michigan State women's basketball team took home the 2008 TD Banknorth Classic title with a 81-48 win over Quinnipiac this afternoon at Patrick Gymnasium on the campus of University of Vermont. Junior Allyssa DeHaan poured in a season-high 21 points, becoming the 19th player in MSU history to top the 1,000-point plateau.
The Spartans begin 5-0 for only the fourth time in program history and for the first time since 1999-00.
DeHaan, who was 8-of-11 from the field, including the fourth 3-pointer of her career, and 4-of-4 from the free throw line, was the fifth fastest Spartan to 1,000 points, needing only 74 games.
Sophomore Kalisha Keane was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. With 10 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals today, Keane brought her tournament totals to 30 points, nine rebounds and six steals. Junior Aisha Jefferson was also on the all-tournament team.
Defensively, Michigan State held its opponent to 50 points or less and under 30% from the field for the fifth time in five games. Quinnipiac shot only 26.2% (17-of-65) from the field, including 12.0% (3-of-25) from behind the arc. Meanwhile, MSU shot 62.2% (28-of-45) from the field and 50.0% (7-of-14) from 3-point range.
The Spartans took control right from the opening tip, starting the game with 16 unanswered points over the first 5:19. MSU hit their first six shots, including a pair of 3-pointers. Michigan State continued to dominate on both ends of the court, going on another 16-0 run over 6:24 midway through the half to open a 36-6 lead, their biggest of the first 20 minutes. Although they didn't score in the final 3:28, the Spartans took a 41-18 lead into the half.
It was the third time in five games this season that MSU has held its opponent under 20 points in the first half and the fifth time in as many games that the opposition failed to top 25 points. The Spartans shot a season-high 63.6% (14-22) in the half, including a 5-of-7 (71.4%) mark from long distance. Meanwhile, Quinnipiac shot 21.9% (7-of-32) overall and 1-of-15 (6.7%) from 3-point range.
Michigan State began the second half quick, going on a 13-2 run over the first 4:21 to open a 54-20 lead. From there, the Spartans kept control of the pace and flow. DeHaan scored nine points in the first 5:12 of the second half, capped by her 1,000 and 1,001 points with a layup with 14:48 on the clock.
The Spartans return home for a Wednesday night showdown with nationally-ranked Old Dominion. Tip is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.