March 1, 2012
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team could not silence the Michigan State shooting attack and fell to the Spartans in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament, 97-68. Three Hoosiers scored in double-figures led by Alisha Goodwin's 16 points. Quaneisha McCurty tallied 15 points as Candyce Ussery added 10 points for IU.
The Spartans (20-10) jumped ahead in the early going, 8-3, before Goodwin nailed back-to-back jumpers to pull IU (6-24) within one, 8-7, with 13:46 on the clock. Michigan State then put together a 13-0 run over the next 3:09 to increase its lead to 21-7. Danilsa Andujar silenced that MSU outburst with a bucket at the 10:19 mark.
Michigan State later led 30-14 before Goodwin made another jumper. After an MSU free throw, Goodwin hit a pair from the charity stripe and McCurty followed with a field goal to cut the lead to 11. Goodwin then hit 1-of-2 free throws on her next visit to the line to make it a 31-21 score in favor of the Spartans with 3:31 to play.
Just as IU was finding its groove, MSU outscored IU 10-5 in the final 2:44 of the half capped by a Porsche Poole jumper at the horn to take a 41-26 lead into the locker room.
The second half was really when Michigan State really began to catch fire. The Spartans shot 7-of-10 from the beyond the arc, and had a stretch where they hit on five-consecutive 3-point field goals. That shooting was enough to ice the game for MSU.
Indiana shot 45.3 percent from the field for the game, but committed 19 turnovers to MSU's nine. The Spartans hit 10-of-19 3-pointers for the game.