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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."