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Spartans thump Lakers 88-53 in final exhibition

7 players score at least 8 points

November 8, 2009

The No. 10 MSU women’s basketball team used stellar first half defense and balanced scoring to defeat Grand Valley State 88-53 on Sunday at Breslin Center.

The Lakers didn’t score a point until a pair of free throws from forward Kara Crawford 11:02 in. By that point, they already were down 19-2.

The Lakers didn’t make a field goal until 13 minutes into the game on a jumper off a 3-on-1 break. It was Grand Valley’s first field goal in 15 tries.

Turnovers were a problem for the Lakers all game long. By the 10 minute mark, they had committed 12 and when all was said and done, they had committed 36.

Despite the rocky start, Grand Valley finished shooting 36 percent.

Every MSU player who played more than two minutes recorded a field goal and seven Spartans recorded at least eight points, led by junior forward Kalisha Keane’s 15 and sophomore forward Courtney Schiffauer’s 12. Schiffauer also added a team-high six rebounds.

The Spartans open the regular season Friday at Dayton.

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