IU vs. Michigan State (second half)

By Brian Buckey
Published Feb 14, 2008 8:13 pm

We're about ready to begin the second half. Whitney Thomas is back in the lineup after sitting most of the first half with two fouls. 15:56 to play: Tied 34-34 Thomas quickly picked up third personal with a silly over the back foul. Thomas stayed in the game following the foul though. Michigan State got a few easy baskets inside. Amber Jackson was inadvertently elbowed in the face by DeHaan. Jackson walked back to the bench appearing a bit woosy.

11:38 to play: Michigan State leads 45-44 Nikki Smith knocked down her third 3-pointer of the game. Amber Jackson returned to the game and appears to be okay. She scored on a strong move to the basket. Michigan State is playing well inside and Mandy Piechowski hit a 3-pointer. The Michigan State bench is really into the game, urging their team on defensively. Nikki Smith quickly quieted them with her fourth 3-pointer of the game. 6:52 to play: IU leads 51-50 After Michigan State opened up a six point lead, Ebony Jackson hit deep 3-pointer that seemed to hang in the air forever. Allyssa DeHaan isn't scoring a whole lot (6 points), but she already has 13 rebounds. IU is already in the double bonus after Michigan State committed its 10th foul of the half. IU takes the lead after fashbreak layup by Ebony Jackson off a pass from Kim Roberson. 3:54 to play: MSU leads 58-57 Back and forth we go. Jamie Braun made two free throws followed by four straight points by DeHaan. Amber Jackson answered with a basket but Michigan State's Kalisha Keane hit two free throws. MSU leads by one. Whitney Thomas finds Jamie Braun for a layup and IU is back up by one. But DeHaan answers again with a put back layup. 1:34 to play: Tied 62-62 Whitney Thomas made one of two free throws to tie the game. Kalisha Keane hit a nice jumper to put MSU up by two, but Thomas answered back with a nice move for a basket to tie the game at 60. Jamie Braun hits two free throws and IU is back up by two. Brittney Thomas answered with a basket for Michigan State and its 62-62. IU just stole a Michigan State pass but the ref called a timeout while ball was in the air. 1:06 to play: MSU leads 64-63 DeHaan splits a double team and scores to put Michigan State up two. Jamie Braun is fouled and hits one of two. 13.2 to play: MSU leads 68-66 Allyssa DeHaan is coming up big for Michigan State down the stretch. She just scored a huge basket to put the Spartans up by three points. Nikki Smith dribbled off her foot and was called for an over and back. IU is forced to foul and Mandy Piechowski hits both free throws. Kim Roberson knocks down a big 3-pointer after an offensive rebound. Final score: Michigan State wins 72-68 Courtney Davidson hits the two big free throws to put the Spartans up four. Jamie Braun was fouled on the play and hits two free throws, but Kalisha Keane hits two more free throws to give MSU a four point lead. IU shoots a desperation 3-pointer before the buzzer but misses.

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