Spartan Star Kalisha Keane Named Associated Press All-American

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Spartan senior is the sixth All-American in MSU history.  Photo courtesy of MSU SID.

Spartan senior is the sixth All-American in MSU history. Photo courtesy of MSU SID.



EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State women’s basketball senior Kalisha Keane became the sixth Spartan to be named an All-American, earning honorable mention recognition by the Associated Press on Tuesday.Â


Keane joins Kisha Kelley (2004-05), Lindsay Bowen (2004-05), Kristin Haynie (2004-05), Liz Shimek (2004-05, 2005-06) and Allyssa DeHaan (2009-10) as the only All-Americans in program history.


The Ajax , Ontario native, became the first Spartan to be named Big Ten Player of the Year earlier this season, leading MSU to its first outright Big Ten Championship. She was also a first-team All-Big Ten selection, becoming one of five Spartans to be a four-time all-conference choice.Â


Keane finished sixth in the Big Ten in points (16.1), and her 531 points were tied for the fourth most in a MSU single-season. She also tied for the Big Ten lead with 2.4 steals and was fourth with 2.2 3-pointers a game. In addition, Keane was second on the team with 2.3 assists and third with 5.0 rebounds, while playing a team-high 32.4 minutes.


On the MSU all-time lists, Keane finished her career tied for the most games played (136), second in steals (259), third in 3-point field goals made (183), seventh in points (1,553) and minutes played (3,654), ninth in field goals made (560) and free throw percentage (79.1%), 11th in games started (95), 13th in assists (300) and free throws made (250), 14th in 3-point field goal percentage (32.7%), and 17th in rebounds (624) and blocks (46).


For her career, Keane is one of seven players in Big Ten history, and the only Spartan, to record at least 1,500 points, 600 rebounds, 300 assists and 250 steals.Â