(17) Michigan State 57

(17-7, 7-4 Big Ten)

Illinois 51

(12-10, 4-7 Big Ten)

    2:00 PM ET, February 5, 2006

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    ILL 30 2151

    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.

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