Freshman Skouby lifts Iowa over Michigan State

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa got some extra motivation from
something they heard from the Michigan State bench in the second

"Something about how 'it's just Iowa,' and about how they
should be beating us," the Hawkeyes' Krista VandeVenter said after
Iowa's 75-64 victory over the Spartans on Monday night. "It kind
of made us mad and made us want to beat them even more."

Freshman Megan Skouby scored a season-high 27 points Crystal
Smith had 18 and VandeVenter 17 to lead the Hawkeyes (10-5, 3-1 Big

Skouby dominated the Spartans' zone defense with turnaround
jumpers and hook shots, and finished 12-for-20 from the field. Her
point total was the most by an Iowa freshman since Tiffany Gooden
scored 36 in the 1994-95 season.

"That's the best she's played all year, by far," Michigan
State coach Joanna P. McCallie said. "I think that's the best
Iowa's played all year based on the film I've watched."

Iowa forced 21 turnovers and held Michigan State (12-4, 2-1) to
4-for-16 on 3-point attempts.

The Spartans held a 29-27 halftime lead before Skouby sparked
the Hawkeyes with 19 second-half points on 6-for-6 shooting.

The Hawkeyes had a 10-0 run early in the second half to build a
46-36 lead.

Liz Smith led Michigan State with 16 points and 15 rebounds.
Lindsay Bowen added 13 points.

Crystal Smith was scoreless through the first 12 minutes before
helping Skouby in a second-half scoring barrage. Smith hit a jumper
with 7:05 left in the first half to give the Hawkeyes their first
lead at 20-19.

She hit two others during a 10-2 run that padded Iowa's lead to

"This is the win we needed last year which everybody said kept
us out of the NCAA tournament," said Iowa coach Lisa Bluder. "We
didn't have any Top 25 wins. We got one against No. 9 tonight."