EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Lindsay Bowen scored 16 points,
including the first eight of the game, and Michigan State (No. 14 ESPN/USA Today; No. 12 AP)
held off a late surge in a 72-61 victory over Illinois on Thursday
Bowen moved into a second-place tie among Big Ten players with
270 career 3-pointers as the Spartans (14-5, 4-2 Big Ten) won their
23rd straight game at Breslin Center.
Liz Shimek, the conference's No. 2 scorer and rebounder, had 12
points and a game-high 11 rebounds for Michigan State in its fifth
straight win over the Fighting Illini (12-5, 4-2).
Erin Wigley led Illinois with 15 points, and Chelsea Gordon
Rene Haynes and Aisha Jefferson also had 12 points for the
Spartans, who used a pair of 8-0 runs to lead 27-17 at halftime and
stretched their lead to 57-32 midway through the second half.
The Illini drew within seven in the closing minutes but couldn't
overcome 39 percent shooting from the field and a 41-31 deficit on