Home is Where the Heart is

DenisePopiolek

Written by Courtney Wills

Home is definitely where the heart is for the Spartans of MSU. The MSU women’s basketball team showed their true team on Sunday after coming back from a 14-point deficient in the second half.

Michigan State stunned the Wisconsin Badgers in the last two minutes of the game, going on a 12-2 run to capture a 53-47 win. The Spartans grabbed their 17th team win at the Breslin Center, extending their record to 17-1 at home. This is also the team’s fourth straight win.

The Badgers pressured the Spartan offense from the moment the game began, causing the Spartans to commit several turnovers and miss easy baskets from MSU’s two leading scorers. However, the Spartans remained poised and focused to pull out the home win against a very tough defensive team.

Two of the greatest shooters in Spartan history, senior guard Lindsay Bowen and senior forward Liz Shimek, were honored during the senior presentation for their wonderful and significant careers at MSU. Although Bowen and Shimek got off to very rough starts at the beginning of the game, they came out with electric stellar performances in the second half.

However, junior guard Rene Haynes stole the show against the Badgers. Haynes refused to let up, as she jumped up for every rebound in order to set up several fast break points for the Spartans.

From that point on, MSU’s intensity went from hot to smoking hot as junior guard Victoria Lucas Perry blocked Jolene Anderson’s three point shot late in the game. Lucas-Perry’s blocked shot helped spark the emotion of the Spartan bench to grab the home victory.

The Spartans will face the Iowa Hawkeyes next in hopes of winning their fifth straight victory and third home game at the Breslin on Thursday, February 16.

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