Spartans Stay Undefeated On Season After Topping Panthers
Dec. 1, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Jasmine Hines led five players in double-figures with 19 points as Michigan State University claimed an 81-50 victory over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's basketball team Saturday afternoon at the Breslin Events Center.
The Spartans (7-0) came into the game allowing just 39.7 points per game - the best scoring defense in the country - and allowing opponents to shoot just 29.3 percent, which was second in the NCAA.
"Their defense was definitely as advertised," Milwaukee head coach Kyle Rechlicz said. "I was glad to see we got up 63 shots and took more than they did. I think that is a testament to us running our fast break. We didn't back down. We attacked and that was our mentality. It doesn't matter who we are playing, we still play Milwaukee basketball."
Sophomore Janna Swopshire led the Panthers (3-4) with 10 points, just off her career-high of 11. Junior Emily Decorah and sophomore Ashley Green both finished with nine. Senior Sami Tucker, playing in her hometown and in front of family and friends, ended the afternoon with eight points and tied for the team lead with five rebounds.
"We did a lot of good things today, we just didn't hit shots," Rechlicz said. "That's what it came down to - we shot 28 percent and they shot 53. They scored 38 points in the paint - they are big and they used that to their advantage. But I couldn't be more proud of my team."
MSU lived up to that tough defense today in limiting the Panthers to 28.6 percent (18-for-63) shooting overall. On a positive note, the 50 points UWM scored was the second-highest allowed by Michigan State this season (North Carolina State had 51) and the eight turnovers for Milwaukee was just off the program record of seven miscues in a game.
"To only have eight turnovers against a long athletic team like Michigan State is a great improvement," Rechlicz said. "I really thought that we pushed the ball tonight but just didn't hit the shots. Now we look forward to finally getting home and having our fans cheering for us in our gym."
The Spartan offense also set season-highs for a UWM opponent with their 53.2 percent (33-for-62) field goal percentage on the day.
The Spartans, who came into the game undefeated and with an average winning margin of over 27 points per game in their first six victories, ran out to quick leads of 17-5 and 23-10, sinking six of their first nine three-point attempts on the day.
The Panthers did not help themselves, shooting 29 percent (9-for-31) from the floor before intermission while only grabbing four offensive rebounds. The Spartans would go up, 30-10, at the 8:42 mark on a layup. Milwaukee would claw back a bit, but the deficit was 23 at the half at 46-23 after the Spartans sank 52.8 percent (19-for-36) of their first-half field goal attempts.
Up next, the Panthers finally get back to Wisconsin, set to welcome Bradley to the Klotsche Center Dec. 4. Game time against the Braves is set for 7 p.m.