Great article about the Lady Spartans victory in C-Bus

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I want to give a shot to Cory from Ohio that sent me this link:

http://www.dispatch.com/bball/women/womensbball.php?story=dispatch/2007/02/19/20070219-D1-01.html

 

 

Here is another artcile about the game sent to me from Joe Gustina the MSU SID:

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -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 No. 4 Ohio State 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."

Michigan State-Ohio State Postgame Notes
Notes from on MSU’s 62-59 win.
 

The win was the 100th in seniors Myisha Bannister, Katrina Grantham, Rene Haynes and Victoria Lucas-Perry’s careers. The quartet has lost just 29 times in a Green and White uniform.

 

The win was the Spartans’ second straight against a ranked opponent and the 27th for head coach Joanne P. McCallie in her seven years as head coach at Michigan State.

 

The Spartans are riding a season-high six-game winning streak … The team has also posted two five-game winning streaks.

 

Michigan State snapped a 17-game Ohio State winning streak, a 30-game Ohio State win streak against Big Ten opponents and a 27-game Ohio State win streak at home.

 

Allyssa DeHaan scored 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the floor … It was the second-most points the center has scored this season, after posting 28 against Rhode Island on Nov. 29.

 

DeHaan’s five blocks give her a season total of 118, which moved her past Ohio State’s Jessica Davenport’s 116 in 2004-05 for third in the Big Ten season annals … She is 18 rejections from the conference record of 136 set by Michigan’s Trish Andrew in 1991-92.

 

With 333 points, DeHaan moved into fourth in MSU’s freshman record book … The freshman is 30 points behind Kris Emerson (1983-84), who scored 363 points as a rookie … DeHaan is one of only four players in MSU history to reach 300 points and 200 rebounds in their rookie years, joining Liz Shimek (2002-03), Julie Pagel (2000-01) and Emerson.

 

Michigan State moved into sixth place on the Big Ten’s single-season blocks chart … After finishing last in the Big Ten last year, the team has swatted a program-record 168 this year, which is just 16 shy of the Big Ten record set by Penn State in 2001-02.

 

Aisha Jefferson scored 12 points, marking the sixth game in a row that the sophomore reached double figures … Jefferson has averaged 13.7 points and 5.7 rebounds during the stretch.

 

Haynes connected on a season-high seven free throws in eight attempts … She also helped the Spartans improve to 48-3 when she scores 10 or more points, finishing with 11.

 

Lucas-Perry finished with seven rebounds, marking the 18th time this season the guard has had more than five rebounds … Fellow guard Mia Johnson finished with six rebounds,11th time she has recorded five or more.

 

The last time the Spartans beat an opponent ranked as high as fifth in the nation was when they downed Tennessee (No. 3/3) in the national semifinals, 68-64, on April 3, 2005.

Michigan State-Ohio State Postgame Quotes
Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie’s thoughts on MSU’s 62-59 win.
 

Michigan State Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie
Opening Statement…
Obviously, it was an excellent basketball game. It was a much better second half for us than our first half for a lot of reasons. I love the rebounding stats. That bodes well for us. It was a tough game all-around, a knock-down, drag-out game. Ohio State, obviously, is an excellent team. They battled hard. We battled hard. We made some plays down the stretch that were pretty good, I thought.

 

On the team’s play in the second half…
I think we were down seven going into the half. They finished on a 9-0 run at the end of the half. We just weren’t as strong as we needed to be. Obviously, Ohio State did some good things. In the second half, both on offense and on defense, there was a focus to certainly attack more. We were smarter defensively. We took ourselves out of position too much in the first half. I thought we played a little bit better in position in the second half, though.

 

On the steal by Rene Haynes with 18 seconds left to seal the win…
That’s vintage Rene. She makes those plays all the time. Gosh, she made plays at Purdue. She’s very quick. She’s very confident and Rene is also very experienced. There’s nothing she’s going to see that she hasn’t seen. She’s seen a lot as a player. She’s been through a lot of different circumstances. The player made the play.

 

On the play of Allyssa DeHaan…
Allyssa DeHaan was the player of the game, make no mistake about it. She was the best player on the floor for 40 minutes of this particular game. Of course, we were going to go to her, irrespective of who is in foul trouble. She earned that right. She was poised and did some great things. She’s been working hard this year. She’s played against every center in the country. She’s already played against Sylvia Fowles (at LSU). She’s already played against Crystal Langhorne (at Maryland). I mean, Jess (Davenport) is a great center, we all know that, but it’s not like this was a new experience for Allyssa.