EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Lindsay Bowen started a 24-4 run with
two 3-pointers and finished it with four free throws as No. 15
Michigan State (No. 16 ESPN/USA Today, No. 15 AP) beat Wisconsin 53-47 Sunday.
The Spartans (19-7, 9-4 Big Ten) overcame a 43-29 deficit with
the big run over the final 9:15 -- including 20 of the game's final
Rene Haynes led Michigan State with 14 points. Bowen had 10, all
in the final 7:40.
Janese Banks, Ashley Josephson and Danielle Ward each had 11
points for the Badgers (9-16, 3-10), who had edges in every
shooting statistic and in rebounds.
The Spartans turned up their defensive pressure and helped force
25 turnovers to earn their 25th win in their last 27 games in
The Badgers overcame a 9-2 deficit and used an 11-0 run to take
a 26-20 halftime lead. Wisconsin overcame 14 turnovers and shot
less than 35 percent from the field in that span.
Michigan State shot just 26 percent in the first half. Bowen,
the No. 2 scorer in school history, was 0-for-7 before the break
and missed her first 10 shots.
The Spartans' other senior, Liz Shimek, the school's No. 3
all-time scorer, was just 2-for-10 from the field but led all
rebounders with 10.