March 3, 2006
For the second straight session, the Big Ten set an attendance record. For the second session of the event, 7,493 fans attended the tournament. The 2006 second session total tops the previous record of 7,317 set during the 1999 tournament. Over the first two sessions of the Big Ten Tournament, the event has drawn 13,508 patrons. It betters the previous-best two-session total by more than 1,200. The previous high of 12,289 was set during the 2004 tournament.
Michigan State improves to 9-10 in the Big Ten Tournament, while Iowa drops to 12-10. The Spartans advance to their fifth Big Ten semifinal and up their mark to 5-5 in quarterfinal action. Iowa drops to 5-5 in quarterfinal action.
The match-up between Michigan State and Iowa marked the second time the two teams have met in the Big Ten Tournament and second in the quarterfinals. The Spartans are 2-0 all-time in the conference tournament against the Hawkeyes. In 2004, then-No. 5 MSU defeated then-No. 4 Iowa, 81-54.
The Spartans won the rubber match of the season series with its 79-58 victory in the quarterfinals. Michigan State won in East Lansing, Mich., 73-71, on Feb. 16, 2006, while Iowa won in Iowa City, Iowa, 75-64, on Jan. 9, 2006. The Hawkeyes still lead the all-time series, 29-19.
With Michigan State's win, No. 4 seeds improved to 7-5 against No. 5 seeds. No. 4s are now 14-9 all-time, while No. 5 seeds drop to 8-11.
Coupled with Penn State's loss to Ohio State, and Iowa's loss to Michigan State, Purdue is the lone Big Ten team with single digit losses all-time at the Big Ten Tournament. Purdue sports a 20-6 all-time mark entering the 2006 tournament.
Michigan State head coach Joanne P. McCallie improves to 5-4 at the Big Ten Tournament, while Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder fell to 6-5 at the conference tournament.
The Spartans become the eighth defending tournament champion to advance to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament. On four occasions the defending champion has failed to make the semifinals (Penn State in 1997, Purdue in 2005, Iowa in 2002 and Indiana in 2003).
Michigan State dished out a Big Ten Tournament record 28 assists in the victory over Iowa. The number tops the previous record held by Michigan State. The Spartans had 24 against Wisconsin on March 5, 1995.
Michigan State's Liz Shimek connected on 14-of-16 from the floor against the Hawkeyes. The 14 made field goals ranks second on the Big Ten Tournament single-game list. Barb Franke of Wisconsin had 15 field goals against Michigan State on March 4, 1995. The 14 made field goals ties for fourth on the Spartans' single-game record list.
Shimek's 87.5 percent from the floor also ranks among the Big Ten Tournament all-time top 10 at No. 2. The tournament record 90 percent (9-of-10) was set by Susan Blauser of Illinois against Michigan on Feb. 27, 1999. The percentage also ranks seventh on the Spartans' single-game record list.
Shimek scored a career-high 31 points in the quarterfinals against Iowa. The number tops the Michigan State Big Ten Tournament record of 27 set by Lindsay Bowen on March 5, 2004 against Iowa. Shimek's 31 points also ties for sixth on the single-game Big Ten Tournament scoring list. The last person to score 31 in a Big Ten Tournament game was Shereka Wright of Purdue on March 7, 2004 against Ohio State.
The Spartans connected on 35-of-66 from the floor in the quarterfinal match-up. The 35 field goals made ties for third on the Big Ten Tournament single-game list. Michigan State was the last team to record 35 field goals made on Feb. 28, 2002 against Ohio State.
Michigan State notched the third highest steals total in Big Ten Tournament history today. The Spartans finished with 17 steals. It is the highest total by a team since Penn State had 18 against Illinois on Feb. 28, 1999.
Shimek moves into second on the Michigan State career field goal attempts list with 1,388, while Lindsay Bowen moves to third with 1,383 career attempts. The pair move past Kisha Kelly, who was second with 1,375 during her career from 1992-95. The MSU all-time leader is Maxann Reese with 1,441 from 1997-00
With her 31 points, Shimek jumps to third on the Spartans' single-season points list. She has 530 points on the year. She trails her own school mark held along with Maxann Reese (1998-99) at 546.
With her pair of three-point field goals against Iowa, Michigan State's Lindsay Bowen ups her season total to 60. It marks the fourth consecutive year of her Spartan career that she has hit on 60 or more three-point field goals. Bowen holds the MSU record at 83 in 2004-05.
MSU improves its record to 5-0 when shooting over 50 percent from the floor. The Spartans shot 53 percent from the field (35-of-66).
Michigan State's Courtney Davidson and Aisha Jefferson finished with six assists apiece. Both totals were career highs.
Iowa is 2-7 against ranked opponents this season.