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The Big Ten Tournament championship game featured two teams ranked in the nation's top 15 by the Associated Press for the fourth time in Tournament history (No. 8 Michigan State and No. 15 Minnesota).
The game was the second between the No. 2 seed and No. 4 seed in Tournament history. The No. 2 seed holds a 2-0 advantage. No. 2 Penn State defeated No. 4 Purdue, 71-69, in 1996.
The contest tonight was the first-ever matchup between Minnesota and Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament.
The Spartans hold a 28-14 advantage in the series against the Gophers, including the last six games.
The 104 points scored in tonight's contest is the lowest-ever point total scored in a Big Ten Tournament championship game. The previous low was 108 in 1998 (Purdue 59, Penn State 49).
Since 2001, the Tournament's title game has been decided by six points or less.
Michigan State senior guard Kristin Haynie was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2005 Big Ten Tournament.
Haynie, Kelli Roehrig (Michigan State), Janel McCarville (Minnesota), Jamie Broback (Minnesota) and Brandie Hoskins (Ohio State) were named to the 2005 All-Big Ten Tournament team.
The 2005 Big Ten Tournament attendance was 30,211, which is the fourth-most in 11-year history of the Tournament. It also is the fourth consecutive year the attendance has been over 30,000.
MICHIGAN STATE (14-2 Big Ten, 28-3 Overall)
The Spartans won their first Big Ten Tournament in their first appearance Monday against Minnesota.
Michigan State, who shared the Big Ten title this season with Ohio State, became the first team since Purdue in 1999 to win both the regular season and Tournament titles in the same year. Penn State also did it in 1995, the first year of the Big Ten Tournament.
The Spartans are 9-1 this season against nationally-ranked teams.
Michigan State set the school record with its 12th-consecutive win over the Golden Gophers. The Spartans won 11 straight games during the 1976-77 season.
The Spartans are 8-10 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament.
Junior guard Lindsay Bowen went 1-of-5 from the 3-point arc against Minnesota. She is nine treys short of Michigan State's all-time record for most 3-point field goals in a career.
MINNESOTA (12-4 Big Ten, 24-7 Overall)
Jamie Broback, who posted Minnesota's top two scoring games in its history in the Big Ten Tournament, led all scorers with 18 points, all of which were scored in the second half. Broback led the Gophers in scoring for the fifth-straight game.
Broback's 70 total points over three games is the most scored by a Golden Gopher in Big Ten Tournament history.
Broback averaged 23.3 points per game in 2005 Big Ten Tournament games, the highest by any athlete in the Tournament this year.
With 12 rebounds in tonight's contest, Janel McCarville averaged 11.6 boards per game in Tournament action.
McCarville and Broback were named to the All-Big Ten Tournament team. It marks the first year that Minnesota has two players named to the All Tournament team in Tournament history. McCarville was the first Gopher to earn the honor after her performance in the 2004 Tournament.