Michigan State-Michigan Notes

March 8, 2013

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Attendance numbers from the first four sessions of the Big Ten Tournament:
Session 1: 4,748
Session 2: 3,200
Session 3: 4,616
Session 4: 4,020

Michigan State

  • The Spartans are 108-10 under head coach Suzy Merchant when holding a team to 60 points or less. It is the 16th time this season they have held an opponent under 50 points.
  • Michigan State has won 20 of the last 23 meetings against Michigan. They are 6-0 vs. the Wolverines on a neutral court and 3-0 in the Big Ten Tournament.
  • Tonight's win puts Michigan State in the semifinals for the 10th time overall and the first since 2011.
  • Junior guard Klarissa Bell had 10 points in the first 10 minutes of action and led all scorers with 20 points. It marked her fourth 20+-point effort this year.
  • Sophomore guard Kiana Johnson had a game-high seven assists, the second time this year she has assisted on seven or more buckets.
  • The Spartans limited Michigan to 2-of-12 shooting from behind the three-point arc in the first half and held the Wolverines under 22 percent (5-of-23) for the game.
  • Michigan cut the Spartans' lead to just two at 34-32 with 17:11 to play. Michigan State responded with a 16-1 run to build its largest lead of the game at 50-33 with 11:13 remaining.
  • This is just the fourth time in 19 years of Big Ten Tournament action that the top four seeds have advanced to the semifinals (2000, 2005, 2010, 2012).
  • Michigan State has won 79 of its last 80 games when leading with five minutes left, including a record of 23-0 this year. In Merchant's tenure they are 121-5 when holding a lead with five minutes remaining.


  • Senior guard Jenny Ryan played in her 128th career game tonight, setting a new Michigan record. The previous mark of 127 was held by Krista Phillips (2007-10).
  • Senior guard Kate Thompson moved into sole possession of second on the Big Ten single-season three-point basket list with 107.
  • The Wolverines closed the first half on a 13-6 run to cut MSU's lead to five at 30-25.
  • Michigan turned 12 Spartans turnovers into 17 points.
  • Senior forward Nya Jordan led the Wolverines with 12 points, her 15th double-digit scoring effort of the year and nine in the last 10 games.
  • Jordan also finished with seven rebounds, the third time this year she had led the team in scoring and rebounding in a game. Two of those three efforts were against Michigan State.