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Women's basketball topples Iowa 65-54




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Sophomore center Jasmine Hines tries to shoot between Iowa center Morgan Johnson, 12, and Bethany Doolittle, 51, on Jan. 17, 2013, at the Breslin Center. The Spartans beat the Hawkeyes, 65-54. Julia Nagy/The State News



If Klarissa Bell, MSU’s leading scorer, didn’t have the attention of the visiting Hawkeyes when they got off the bus, they definitely did when her half court heave tied Thursday’s game at 25 at the halftime buzzer.

Behind Bell’s career-high 25 points, the Spartans downed Iowa 65-54.

Tied at 51 apiece with 3:37 left to play, MSU took advantage of a 9-0 run over the next three minutes to pull away — led by Bell and the outside shooting of junior forward Annalise Pickrel.

Pickrel was fouled with 59 seconds left and hit one of two free throws to give the Spartans a 13-point lead at which point Iowa stopped fouling and let the time run out.


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