Spartans match largest win margin in school history

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Victoria Lucas-Perry fell flat on her face in the tunnel after pregame warmups and then had the last laugh on everyone.

Lucas-Perry scored 25 points -- nearly double her career high and almost quadruple her season average -- to help Michigan State (No. 11 ESPN/USA Today, No. 10 AP) match the largest victory margin in school history with a 101-40 win over Northwestern on Thursday night.

"I tripped on my way to the locker room before the game," said Lucas-Perry, who hit her first eight shots, including three 3-pointers, and scored 21 first-half points -- the same total as the Wildcats. "Everyone was teasing me about it. They said they should trip me before every game."

Liz Shimek added 21 points, Rene Haynes 19 and Lindsay Bowen 12 for the Spartans (19-3, 8-2 Big Ten), who scored in triple digits for the first time in more than four years. It was the Spartans' third-highest point total in conference play and their first 100-point game in the Big Ten since 1997.

"It was awesome to see everyone come off the bench and not have any let-ups," Shimek said. "But this is our house. Every opponent is the same to us. We're just happy to come in here and play 40 minutes of Michigan State basketball for once."

Samantha McComb had 11 points and Sarah Kwasinski added 10 for Northwestern (5-18, 2-8), which handed Big Ten leader Penn State its first conference loss last week.

"We didn't show up to play tonight," Wildcats coach Beth Combs said. "I'm embarrassed for our team, our program and our university. I don't have a whole lot of good things to say about what happened tonight. And I apologize for that.

"What we did tonight is bad for the league and bad for women's basketball," she said.

Michigan State led 36-9 in a 56-21 first half, when Lucas-Perry surpassed her career high of 15 points with 4:58 left until halftime.

The Spartans shot 60 percent from the field, outrebounded the Wildcats 47-19 and had 28 assists in their most-lopsided win since an 84-23 victory over Notre Dame in 1975.

Northwestern shot 30.2 percent and had 20 turnovers, which led to 29 Michigan State points.

"The 28 assists was a season high for us and one of the highest totals we've had," Spartans coach Joanne P. McCallie said. "But what I loved about this game more than anything else was the focus we showed in both halves. We got something from every sub we made."