(8) Xavier 53

(7-1, 2-1 away)

(21) Michigan State 66

(6-3, 0-1 Big Ten)

    7:00 PM ET, December 9, 2009

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    #8XAV 26 2753
    #21MSU 35 3166

    Top Performers

    Xavier: T. Phillips 16 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Michigan St: A. DeHaan 22 Pts, 13 Reb, 5 Blk

    DeHaan's double-double helps Spartans get best of Xavier 

    Associated Press

    EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State will get a second chance to prove it can handle success.

    Allyssa DeHaan had 22 points and 13 rebounds to help Michigan State (No. 24 ESPN/USA Today, No. 21 AP) beat eighth-ranked Xavier 66-53 Wednesday night, knocking off a top-10 team for the second time in a week.

    DeHaan also blocked five shots, moving her into fourth place on the NCAA Division I career list with 437.

    Jasmine Thomas had 10 points for the Spartans (6-3), who followed up a win over then-No. 4 North Carolina on Thursday with a sloppy loss to Indiana three days later.

    The Spartans came out hustling on defense and outrebounded Xavier 54-30, earning them another upset.

    "We were awful defensively and we got murdered on the boards," Xavier head coach Kevin McGuff said. "That's a credit to Michigan State. They played hard from start to finish. Quite frankly, our effort was embarrassing."

    Ta'Shia Phillips led the Musketeers (7-1) with 16 points and nine rebounds.

    Xavier scoring leader Amber Harris was held to 10 points and four rebounds by the Spartans.

    "We expected it to be a battle and a war. And I think, hopefully for us, it was maybe not so much about Xavier as much as it was that second half against Indiana when we didn't clean up the boards," Michigan State coach Suzy Merchant said. "We really wanted to get back to a place where we could do some things, and our team really made that happen."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 53 66
    FG Made-Attempted 17-55 (.309) 20-55 (.364)
    3P Made-Attempted 2-11 (.182) 3-13 (.231)
    FT Made-Attempted 17-28 (.607) 23-34 (.676)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 21 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 15

    Game Leaders

    PointsT. Phillips 16A. DeHaan 22
    ReboundsT. Phillips 9A. DeHaan 13
    AssistsS. Jennings 2K. Keane 3
    StealsS. Jennings 1K. Keane 2
    BlocksT. Phillips 2A. DeHaan 5

    2009-10 Season

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