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Hartford mounts second-half rally to upset No. 24 Michigan State

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Danielle Hood scored 19 points to lead Hartford to a 54-51 win over Michigan State (No. 24 ESPN/USA Today, No. 23 AP) on Saturday.

Kalisha Keane had 20 points and 10 rebounds for Michigan State (8-4). Allyssa DeHaan added 13 points for the Spartans.

Trailing 40-33 in the second half, Hawks forward Katie Kelley hit back-to-back jumpers and a pair of free throws to make it 40-39. Lisa Etienne hit a free throw and Kelley added another basket to tie the game at 42 with 5:46 to go.

Keane hit a jumper to retake the lead for Michigan State at 44-42, but Jaime McCabe responded with a 3-pointer to the give the Hawks a 45-44 advantage. Hood followed with a lay-up to put Hartford up 47-44 and the two teams traded baskets down the stretch.

Michigan State, which led 25-22 at the half, closed within 52-51 on Alissa Wulff's 3-pointer with 48 seconds left. Erica Beverly made two free throws and the Hawks' held on for the win.