Poole led the MSU attack with 20 points and seven assists.
EAST LANSING, Mich. â€“ The Michigan State womenâ€™s basketball team used a 12-0 run late in the first half to pull away from Northwestern, and cruise to a 72-58 win at Breslin Center on Thursday night. Senior Porsche Poole surpassed 20 points for the fourth-straight game, leading MSU with 20 points and a career high seven assists.
Poole is the first Spartan since Liz Shimek at the end of the 2005-06 season to score at least 20 points in four straight games.
It was Michigan Stateâ€™s 16th straight win over Northwestern, and its 26th in its last 28 games in the series.
The Spartans (15-9, 7-4), who have now won three straight games, had four players in double-figures. Senior Lykendra Johnson added 12 points and a game-high eight rebounds, while classmate Taylor Alton had 11 points and freshman Kiana Johnson posted 10. Alton also added a career high tying seven rebounds and three steals.
Northwestern was in control for much of the first half, holding a 26-21 lead with 5:52 on the clock. However, the Spartans would score the next 12 points over a span of 5:39 to take the lead for good. Northwestern stopped a run with a layup with 13 seconds to go in the half, bringing the halftime score to 33-28 MSU.
The Spartans jumped out quickly in the second half, scoring the first seven points to open a 12-point lead (40-28). MSUâ€™s lead grew to as many as 18 (59-41), and remained in double-digits the rest of the way, as the Spartans closed out the 72-58 win.
For the second straight game, the Spartans committed only 10 turnovers.
Michigan State hits the road for its next two games, beginning with a trip to Iowa on Sunday. The game is set for 3 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network.
-The Spartans have not lost to the Wildcats in the Breslin Center since 1993, a span of 16 games.
- Michigan State has won 31 straight games when scoring at least 70 points, and is 48-4 under Coach Merchant when reaching that point plateau.
- Under Merchant, MSU is now 84-8 when holding its opponent to 60 points or less.
- L. Johnson moved into 16th place on the schoolâ€™s career points list with 1,147.
- With her two blocks, L. Johnson moved into a tie for third in MSU history with 134 in her career.
- It was L. Johnsonâ€™s 108th start at MSU, tying her for seventh in Spartan history.
- L. Johnson also moved into 17th in Big Ten history with 957 career rebounds.
- Alton moved into ninth place on the career 3-point field goal with 103.