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Spartans rally to hand Illini fifth straight loss

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Liz Shimek scored 15 points and Lindsay
Bowen added 13 as No. 17 Michigan State rallied to defeat Illinois
57-51 on Sunday.

The Illini led 41-33 before the Spartans went on a 13-2
run. Bowen's 3-pointer with 11:33 left helped Michigan State (17-7,
7-4 Big Ten) take a 46-43 lead.

Janelle Hughes had 16 points and Erin Wigley and Audrey Tabon
added 14 apiece for Illinois (12-10, 3-7), which lost its fifth
straight game.

Wigley hit two free throws with 4:30 left to tie the score at
51. But Michigan State went to a full-court press and Illinois
missed four shots and committed two turnovers down the stretch.

Shimek, who had nine rebounds, hit two free throws and a basket
for a 55-51 Spartans' lead. Rene Haynes and Alisha Jefferson each
made one free throw in the final minute.

Illinois, which lost at home by 15 points to Minnesota on
Thursday, built an 18-9 lead before the Spartans started finding
their range.

After missing eight of its first 12 shots, Michigan State put
together an 18-6 run and took its first lead, 27-26, on Jefferson's
jumper with 2:58 left in the half. The teams traded baskets and
Tabon's short jumper with 40 seconds left gave the Illini a 30-29
lead at the break.

The Illini were 0-for-8 from 3-point range, while the Spartans
were 5-of-12.

Michigan State extended its winning streak to three games
overall and seven over Illinois.