Lady Spartans Win Big Ten Opener

By: AP
By: AP

The Michigan State women's basketball team battles back, wins Big Ten Conference opener at Penn State, 67-60, today at Bryce Jordan Arena. Trailing, 51-43 with 9:23 remaining, the Spartans closed the game on a 24-9 run, including the last seven points, for their first road win of the season. MSU, now 8-4 overall, has won five of its last six Big Ten openers.

Junior Allyssa DeHaan led the way with 14 points, a season-high nine rebounds and three blocks, while redshirt senior Mia Johnson and redshirt junior Aisha Jefferson added 11 apiece. The Spartans are now 5-0 this season and 15-1 overall when both DeHaan and Jefferson score in double-figures. Sophomore Brittney Thomas led the team in assists for the seventh time in 10 games, tying her career-high with eight, while playing a season-best 38 minutes. Redshirt freshman Lykendra Johnson tallied a career-best nine points for the bench for the Spartans.

Michigan State opened the game with the first eight points, holding Penn State scoreless for the first 3:38. The Nittany Lions responded with 11 unanswered of their own, until a Kalisha Keane layup brought the score to 11-10 with 11:58 on the clock. PSU would stretch its lead out to 16-12, but MSU would run off 10-straight, capped by back-to-back 3-pointers from Mia Johnson, over a span of 3:15 to take a 22-16 with 5:50 left. The streaky half continued as Penn State matched the Spartans' 10-0 run with one of its own, going up 28-24 with 2:07 left. A pair of 3-pointers from Lykendra and Mia Johnson gave MSU back the lead (30-28), but two layups from PSU's Tyra Grant in the final minute, including one as time expired, gave PSU a 32-30 advantage going into the break. MSU had 10 turnovers in the first eight minutes of the first half, but closed the final 12 minutes with only two. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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