March 9, 2013
Box Score |
- Junior guard Maggie Lucas led all scorers with 23 points. That gives her 616 on the season, becoming just the second player in school history to score 600 points in more than one season, joining Kelly Mazzante.
- Lucas had her 16th 20+-point game of the year tonight. She averaged 20.5 points per game in two Big Ten Tournament games.
- Lucas also pulled down a team-best nine rebounds, just one off her career mark.
- The Lady Lions' eight turnovers matched a season low.
- Penn State allowed just 17 first-half points from the Spartans, the third time this year it held an opponent under 20 points in the first half (14 vs. Lafayette; 9 vs. NJIT).
- The Lady Lions are now 25-17 in Big Ten Tournament games and 7-6 in semifinal action.
- The No. 1 seed in the tournament now has a 4-5 record against the No. 4 seed.
- Michigan State makes its second title game appearance (2005) and the first for head coach Suzy Merchant.
- This is the Spartans' first-ever win over the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament.
- Nine times this season, including tonight, the Spartans have held an opponent to under 20 points in the first half.
- Trailing 21-17, a 15-3 run gave the Spartans a 32-24 lead with 10:54 to play. Penn State would cut that lead to one at 34-33 with 8:28 remaining. The Spartans answered with a 10-0 run to take their largest lead at 44-33 with four minutes to play.
- Sophomore forward Becca Mills finished with 16 points, just two off her career high. Her seven made field goals tied a season best.
- Senior guard Jasmine Thomas was also just two points shy of a career high, leading the Spartans with 19 points.
- Sophomore center Jasmine Hines had a career-high 14 rebounds, just her third career double-digit rebounding game.
- The Spartans held Penn State to its lowest point total of the season, as well as its lowest shooting percentage (22.4 percent).
- Michigan State was 4-for-6 from the free throw line in the final 30 seconds.
- This was Michigan State's first win over a top-10 team this season and snapped a two-game losing streak against the Lady Lions.
- In four career Big Ten Tournament games, sophomore guard Kiana Johnson has 17 assists and just three turnovers.
- Michigan State finished with a season-best 52 rebounds.