7:00 PM ET, November 22, 2006
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Cigi McCollin and her Hofstra teammates listened and learned, while Michigan State (No. 16 ESPN/USA Today, No. 17 AP) got schooled.McCollin scored 24 points and seemed to grab every loose ball as the Pride stunned the Spartans 57-53 on Wednesday night."I've been struggling with my shot for the last three games," said McCollin, 5-for-9 from 3-point range. "I cleared my head, shot with confidence and just concentrated on getting to the ball. I'd had my butt chewed every game for not doing that."Vanessa Gidden added 12 points and seven rebounds, and Lana Harshaw had eight points and 11 rebounds for Hofstra (3-1)."It was an incredible experience to come to Michigan State and play with so much confidence," Pride coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey said. "We came in ready to roll."Michigan State wasn't ready to play until the last 5 minutes, its angry coach, Joanne P. McCallie, said."We had a lot of no-shows tonight," McCallie said. "We don't listen particularly well. And listening skills hurt us in this game. These girls are completely spoiled."Rene Haynes scored 14 points and Aisha Jefferson had 10 for the Spartans (2-1). Allyssa DeHaan, a 6-foot-9 freshman, had seven points and nine rebounds."They could put a lot of height in there," Kilburn-Steveskey said. "But people are going to hit some shots against you. The key is not to get deflated. We learned from a bad experience against Baylor."McCollin had 12 points and was 3-for-5 from 3-point range in the first half as Hofstra took a 27-20 lead. The Spartans shot just 29.6 percent from the field and had 12 turnovers in a ragged first half.The lead grew to 31-20 before Michigan State scored 11 straight points, starting and ending with DeHaan's layups for her first two baskets of the night.McCollin took over from there with a key 3-pointer and four straight free throws. Hofstra shot 34.4 percent from the field and 57.1 at the foul line but got 22 points off turnovers and 16 second-chance points."The biggest frustration was seeing everyone go bonkers in the last five minutes, when there was none of that in the first 35," McCallie said. "We're not that good a basketball team that we can do that."The Spartans shot 43.3 percent in the last 20 minutes and held the Pride to 31 percent. But the seeds of defeat had been sown before that."The mistakes we made early really hurt us," McCallie said. "They got eight more second-chance points than we did because they hustled. And 18 turnovers against a zone? We're better than that. But we definitely weren't as aggressive as we need to be."
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