Spartans' top player limited by foul trouble, still sets blocks mark

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Brittney Thomas scored 15 points and Kalisha Keane added 14 to lead Michigan State (No. 24 ESPN/USA Today, No. 23 AP) to a 73-35 rout of Providence on Thursday.

The Spartans (8-3) played all but five minutes of the first half without 6-9 center Alyssa DeHaan, who drew her second personal foul three minutes after the opening tip.

DeHaan, who leads Michigan State in six categories, including scoring and rebounding, played 18 minutes and scored nine points, eight below her season average. She blocked two shots to became the fastest in NCAA Division I history to reach the 200-block mark while playing in her freshman and sophomore seasons. DeHaan has 201 blocks in 44 career games.

Trinity Hull scored 13 points to led the Friars (8-3), who had entered with a four-game winning streak. She was the only Friars player to score in double figures.

Providence only led once, when Hull's 3-pointer made it 3-2.

Hull hit another 3-pointer that pulled the Friars to 22-12 with 7:10 left in the first half. But the Spartans capitalized on Providence's turnovers and built a 41-20 lead at halftime.

Michigan State scored the first 12 points of the second half, including a pair of three-pointers by Keane, to take a 33-point lead.

The Spartans forced the Friars into 22 turnovers and held them to 20.3 percent shooting (12-for-59).