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(20) Michigan State 46

(21-7, 12-3 Big Ten)

Illinois 56

(18-9, 8-7 Big Ten)

    8:00 PM ET, February 22, 2007

    1 2 T
    #20MSU 21 2546
    ILL 31 2556

    Top Performers

    Michigan St: V. Lucas-Perry 14 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Illinois: L. Bjork 12 Pts, 1 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl

    Illinois rallies against No. 20 Michigan St. for upset

    Associated Press

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Lori Bjork had 12 points and Chelsea Gordon and Erin Wigley added nine apiece to help Illinois upset No. 20 Michigan State 56-46 Thursday night.

    Victoria Lucas-Perry led Michigan State (21-7, 12-3) with 14 points and six rebounds, while guard Mia Johnson added 11 points.

    Illinois (18-9, 8-7 Big Ten) held a comfortable 31-21 lead going into halftime, but Michigan State's 6-foot-9 freshman center Allyssa DeHaan made a big push for the Spartans after the break, starting the second half with back-to-back baskets.

    Bjork answered with a 3-pointer for the Illini and DeHaan hit another jumper to make it 34-27 Illinois less just over two minutes in. Both teams went scoreless from the field over the next 5:48, but Illinois still outscored the Spartans 6-0 over that time.

    Illinois' shut down DeHaan, who averaged 12.3 points and 7.6 rebounds coming into Thursday's game. The Illini held her to a pair of free throws in the first 20 minutes, and eight points overall.

    Bjork leads the nation with 27 straight games with at least two 3-pointers.

    The win was Illinois' first against a ranked team since defeating then-No. 15 Oklahoma 86-75 on Dec. 18, 2005. Illinois has now beaten a ranked team for 13 consecutive seasons.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    MSU
    ILL
    Points 46 56
    FG Made-Attempted 17-49 (.347) 22-52 (.423)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-14 (.357) 3-11 (.273)
    FT Made-Attempted 7-10 (.700) 9-14 (.643)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 9 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 4 14

    Game Leaders

     
    MSU
    ILL
    PointsV. Lucas-Perry 14L. Bjork 12
    ReboundsA. DeHaan 8L. Simpson 6
    AssistsR. Haynes 3E. McCarthy 3
    StealsR. Haynes 2L. Bjork 3

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