1:00 PM ET, February 18, 2007
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State's desperation shot came up a foot short, touching off a leaping, smiling, group-hug for the Michigan State Spartans.They weren't savoring a championship, just denying the Buckeyes one.Allyssa DeHaan played bigger than her 6-foot-9 frame with 25 points and the 24th-ranked Spartans beat Ohio State (No. 5 ESPN/USA Today; No. 4 AP) 62-59 on Sunday, ending the Buckeyes' 17-game winning streak.Rene Haynes, a Columbus native, had a steal and two free throws in the final seconds to help seal the victory for the Spartans (21-6, 12-2 Big Ten)."My whole team, we wanted it so bad," said Haynes, in between high-fives with family and friends. "You always have to fight to the end. We worked hard and hard work pays off."This win was nothing like the one two years ago when the Spartans shared the regular-season Big Ten title, won the conference tournament, or fought their way all the way to the national championship game."Of course not," coach Joanne P. McCallie said. "We haven't even started March."Ohio State (24-2, 13-1) was trying to clinch a share of its third Big Ten title in a row. But DeHaan negated two-time conference player of the year Jessica Davenport, who was in foul trouble throughout.Up by a game over Michigan State and Purdue with two games left in the conference season, the Buckeyes can still clinch at least a share of the title with a win at home on Thursday night against Penn State.Coach Jim Foster said he didn't like some things he saw in the huddle."I didn't feel comfortable when looking into the eyes of some of our players today," he said. "Hopefully, that's a temporary look."Down by as many as 11 early in the half, the Spartans drew to 55-54 on Victoria Lucas-Perry's reverse layup off an assist from DeHaan and a DeHaan bank shot over Davenport, who was carrying four fouls, with 1:33 left.After Ohio State's Marscilla Packer missed her second 3-pointer in as many possessions, the Spartans fed DeHaan who hit a short turnaround with 47 seconds left. At the other end, the Buckeyes went immediately inside to Davenport who was fouled on a spin move and hit both shots for a 57-56 lead.On a drive, Aisha Jefferson missed but DeHaan grabbed the rebound and scored with just over 21 seconds on the clock."That last drive that Jefferson got, I went to help and my girl got the basket," said Davenport, the conference's leading scorer at 19 a game who finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds. "I'll remember that."The Buckeyes called timeout with 16.1 seconds left in front of their own bench.Packer's pass for guard Ashlee Trebilcock was tipped away by Haynes, who dived on the floor to grab the loose ball before being fouled by Trebilcock. Haynes then hit both foul shots with 13.5 seconds left for a 60-57 lead."We were manning up for the out-of-bounds play," said Haynes, who had 11 points. "Man up means just all-out effort, and that's what we did."Packer, just 1-for-10 on 3-pointers, missed another shot behind the arc but Stephanie Blanton's follow cut the lead to a point with 3.1 seconds left.DeHaan was fouled on the ensuing inbounds pass and hit both shots.Packer's offbalance 3-pointer from 30 feet at the buzzer was off the front edge of the rim.The loss ended two other Buckeyes' streaks: 30 consecutive wins against Big Ten teams and 27 home wins.Ohio State was playing its third game without second-leading scorer Brandie Hoskins, who will miss the rest of the season with a torn Achilles' tendon.Foster said his players looked as if, for the first time, they were lost without Hoskins."There was a 'Where's Brandie?' look," he said. "She was a penetrator. When we don't have that, we have to go in a different direction and make decisions with the ball that we haven't had to make."McCallie wasn't thrilled with her team's numbers, but loved the effort."This wasn't a great game for us; it was a good fight," McCallie said. "There's a difference."
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Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||23-55 (.418)||24-59 (.407)|
|3P Made-Attempted||2-13 (.154)||2-19 (.105)|
|FT Made-Attempted||14-16 (.875)||9-12 (.750)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||16 (0/0)||15 (0/0)|