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UW women fall in OT

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Associated Press
February 4, 2011
— Kalisha Keane has had her share of big shots this season for Michigan State. The senior did not disappoint when the game was on the line at Wisconsin.

Keane drained an off-balance 3-pointer from the right wing to tie it at 60 with 13 seconds to go and scored seven points in overtime to lift the No. 11 Spartans to a 73-70 win over the Badgers on Thursday night.


Spartans coach Suzy Merchant earned her first road victory over the Badgers in four trips to the Kohl Center.


Keane, who had a game-winning, last-second 3-pointer against Iowa last month, said she benefited from a well-executed screen by teammate Courtney Schiffauer.


“I was able to get open for that split second, get a good look at the basket and it went down,” said Keane, who celebrated her 22nd birthday with a game-high 28 points.


Meanwhile, Wisconsin failed to capitalize as the regulation clock wound down. Alyssa Karel missed a lay-up, and Lin Zastrow’s tip-in fell short as time expired.


In the extra period, Keane scored five consecutive points, including a 3-pointer that gave the Spartans a 67-64 lead with 2:44 to go.


The Badgers stayed close, but Keane and Brittney Thomas drained four free throws with less than 25 seconds to go to secure the win.


Merchant said she was pleased with Keane’s effort against a steely Wisconsin defense. Keane shot the game-tying 3-pointer over a pair of defenders.


“Kal is a kid that can get her shot off when people are kind of hanging on her and around her,” Merchant said. “She really is one of the only few options we have that can create her own shot even when people are in her face and in her grill.”


Michigan State (19-3, 7-2 Big Ten) pulled within ½ game of first place Penn State in the conference, while Wisconsin (12-10, 7-3) dropped one game back of the Nittany Lions.


Zastrow and Karel scored 23 and 21 points, respectively, for Wisconsin.


Zastrow missed last month’s game at Michigan State due to post-concussion syndrome, and she made her presence felt this time around. The senior poured in 14 points after halftime and grabbed nine total rebounds.


MICHIGAN STATE 73, WISCONSIN 70 (OT)

Michigan State (73)—Johnson 2-7 4-4 8, Keane 9-23 6-8 28, Alton 2-3 0-0 4, Washington 6-11 2-3 14, B. Thomas 2-9 4-4 8, J. Thomas 0-0 2-2 2, Poole 1-3 0-0 2, Bell 1-3 0-0 3, Schiffauer 1-2 2-2 4. Totals 24-61 20-23 73.


Wisconsin (70)—Steinbauer 5-9 0-0 10, Zastrow 7-13 8-8 23, Davis 0-6 0-0 0, Wurtz 4-5 2-4 11, Karel 8-17 2-2 21, Paige 0-1 0-0 0, Stephen 1-4 1-2 3, Covington 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 26-57 13-16 70.


Michigan State 30 30 13—73


Wisconsin 28 32 10—70


Three-point goals—Michigan State 5-20 (Keane 4-11, Bell 1-2, Schiffauer 0-1, Alton 0-1, B. Thomas 0-2, Johnson 0-3), Wisconsin 5-12 (Karel 3-5, Wurtz 1-2, Zastrow 1-2, Stephen 0-1, Paige 0-1, Davis 0-1). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Michigan State 40 (Johnson, Washington 8), Wisconsin 30 (Zastrow 9). Assists—Michigan State 10 (Keane, B. Thomas 3), Wisconsin 10 (Davis, Karel 3). Total Fouls—Michigan State 15, Wisconsin 17.


Attendance—4,657.



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