Spartans Welcome New Year With 68-62 Overtime Victory at Purdue

By: Michigan State University
By: Michigan State University

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Michigan State women's basketball rang in 2009 in style with a 68-62 overtime win at Purdue (8-5, 2-1) on Thursday afternoon in front of 9,135 fans at Mackey Arena. The Spartans, who improve to 9-5 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten, overcame an eight-point deficit with nine minutes left for the win. Junior Allyssa DeHaan had her first double-double of the season, and the 14th of her career, with game highs in points (17), rebounds (12) and blocks (5).

Trailing 51-43 with 9:11 left in regulation, the Spartans held Purdue scoreless for 7:07, going on a 12-0 run to take a 55-51 lead. After a Boilermaker basket, redshirt freshman Lykendra Johnson put back an offensive rebound to put MSU back up four (57-53) with 1:18 left. Purdue quickly responded with a three-point play by Brittany Rayburn 12 second later to bring the Spartan lead back to one. Michigan State looked to DeHaan on the next possession and she came through, putting MSU up three (59-56) with 42 seconds on the clock. However, FahKara Malone would put the game into overtime with a 3-pointer from the corner with 24 seconds left.

The Spartans started the overtime period strong with a DeHaan basket in the first minute, before Purdue tied the game at 61 with 3:05 left. Sophomore Brittney Thomas scored her own miss a minute later, giving MSU a lead they would not relinquish this time. After a Boilermaker free throw, DeHaan posted another basket and Thomas knocked down two free throws to seal the 68-62 win.

DeHaan scored 11 of her 17 points during MSU's 25-11 run in the game's final 14 minutes.

The game began with the Spartans quickly in a 4-0 hole in the first 28 seconds, but MSU went on a 7-2 run to take its first lead of the day. Purdue scored the next four, which was followed by nine-straight by Michigan State giving them a 16-10 lead with 12 minutes to go in the first half. MSU kept a comfortable lead through the first half, growing to as much as 10, and took a 31-25 lead into the half.

The Spartans scored the first four points of the second half to open the advantage back up to 10 at 35-25. The lead quickly disappeared as Purdue went on a 10-0 run to tie the score at 35 with 14:26 left. The run was extended to 26-8 leading to the eight-point Boilermaker lead with 9:11 left.

Michigan State dominated the glass, outrebounding Purdue, 51-37, including 22 offensive rebounds. Defensively, MSU held the Boilermakers to 32.8% from the field and 16.7% from behind the arc.

Redshirt junior Lauren Aitch tallied 12 points, 10 of which were in the first half. Sophomore Brittney Thomas filled the stat sheet with nine points, seven rebounds, six assists and two steals, while redshirt freshman Lykendra Johnson nine rebounds. Redshirt junior Aisha Jefferson had eight points and eight rebounds.

Danielle Campbell led Purdue with 15 points and eight rebounds.

The Spartans remain on the road as they travel to Ohio State for a 2 p.m. tip on Sunday. The game can be seen live on the Big Ten Network.


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