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(10) Michigan State 70

(12-1, 5-0 away)

Michigan 60

(4-9, 0-1 Big Ten)

    2:00 PM ET, January 2, 2005

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    #10MSU 35 3570
    MICH 34 2660

    Bowen third-fastest Spartan to 1,000 points

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan State made sure to follow a big victory over No. 11 Connecticut with a solid win in its Big Ten opener.

    Junior Lindsay Bowen scored 16 points, including the 1,000th of her career, and No. 10 Michigan State matched its best start in 31 years with a 70-60 win over Michigan on Sunday.

    Bowen raised her scoring total to 1,008 points in 73 career games, becoming the third-fastest Michigan State player to reach the milestone. Mary Kay Itnyre (1978-80) reached 1,000 points in 65 games, and Kris Emerson needed just 72 games.

    Kelli Roehrig added 14 points, Liz Shimek finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds, and Victoria Lucas-Perry score 12 points for the Spartans (12-1, 1-0 Big Ten), who overcame 11 3-pointers by Michigan to win their first five road games for the first time in school history.

    "I'm just really proud of our team with the schedule we have," Michigan State coach Joanne P. McCallie said. "It's a very good thing that we get everyone's best game. Michigan played beautifully, by far the best it has played all year ... I've never seen so many balls go in."

    Freshmen Ta'Shia Walker and Jessica Starling each scored 15 points, Tabitha Pool added 12 and Krista Clement 11 for Michigan (4-9, 0-2).

    The Spartans, coming off a win over No. 11 Connecticut on Thursday, led 35-34 at halftime and broke the game open in the second half, leading by as many as 17.

    "Of course, we expected a great game," McCallie said. "We do every game. When you stop expecting a great game, that's when it's going to bite you a little bit. ... And it was interesting to have a rival game after Connecticut, when you have all this energy going nine different ways."

    Michigan used a 16-5 run to close within six points, but couldn't complete the comeback. The Wolverines shot 11-for-26 from 3-point range.

    "Our coaches wanted so much for our young basketball team to not just compete but to really get this one," Michigan coach Cheryl Burnett said. "We've needed a break. We've needed a victory. But Michigan State has a lot of quality players who've played a lot of quality minutes."

    Several Spartans said the team's problem in the first half was execution, not expectations, after beating three-time defending NCAA champion UConn.

    "They were just hitting their open shots," Shimek said. "Our shot-contesting was really poor in the first half. We had to locate their hot hand. They were getting wide-open shots. And that's not Michigan State basketball."

    In the second half, the Spartans outrebounded the opposition 37-26.

    "I don't think there was a letdown at all," Kristin Haynie said. "This was the best game they've played, and we had to adjust in the second half. But honestly, we didn't dwell on the win over Connecticut. We have to go forward in the Big Ten season."

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