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Spartans blow lead, lose 1st Big Ten game

MSU led by as much as 13 in first half

December 6, 2009

Despite leading by as many as 13 in the first half, the MSU women’s basketball team collapsed in the second half, shooting 21.2 percent and allowing Indiana to grab a late lead it would never relinquish in a 68-63 loss to the Hoosiers on Sunday afternoon at Breslin Center.

MSU (5-3 overall, 0-1 Big Ten) led 39-29 at the half, but Indiana stormed back, cutting MSU’s lead to five, 45-50, in the first five minutes. MSU would continue to hold a tight lead through much of the half, but Indiana’s Whitney Lindsay drilled a 3-pointer to tie the game at 55 with just under five minutes to play and the Hoosiers would take the lead on a pair of free throws by Jori Davis shortly after.

The Spartans led 60-59 on a bucket by senior forward Aisha Jefferson with 3:41 to play, but it would be MSU’s final field goal of the day.

A 3-pointer by Aulani Sinclair put the Hoosiers ahead for good at 62-60 on their next possession.

MSU had a chance to tie down 63-60 in the final 30 seconds, but the Spartans missed three shots and could not control the ball in a wild scramble. Indiana hit two more free throws to seal the deal.

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