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Women clinch share of Big Ten title

February 20, 2011
Senior guard Brittney Thomas drives the ball past Illinois guard Adrienne GodBold on Sunday afternoon at the Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill. The Spartans defeated the Fighting Illini, 69-56, to clinch a share of the Big Ten Conference title. Daryl Quitalig/The Daily Illini
Senior guard Brittney Thomas drives the ball past Illinois guard Adrienne GodBold on Sunday afternoon at the Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill. The Spartans defeated the Fighting Illini, 69-56, to clinch a share of the Big Ten Conference title. Daryl Quitalig/The Daily Illini —
Photo by Daryl Quitalig | and Daryl Quitalig The State News

The No. 11 MSU women’s basketball team has clinched at least a share of the Big Ten championship.

A 69-56 win at Assembly Hall over Illinois propelled the Spartans to their first regular season championship since 2005. It is the team’s third regular-season title in the history of the program.

Leading the way was senior forward Kalisha Keane and senior guard Brittney Thomas. Keane scored 27 and Thomas assisted with 19 points of her own, tying her career-high.

With junior forward Lykendra Johnson picking up her fourth foul and being limited to 19 minutes, senior forward Cetera Washington cleaned up on the boards in her absence. She led the team with six rebounds.

The Fighting Illini put forth a solid effort but ultimately fell short of making the upset. Karisma Penn scored a career-high 33 points.

The Spartans will have a chance to clinch outright for the first time in program history when Ohio State comes to Breslin Center on Thursday night.

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