After struggling with slow starts for much of the season, the MSU women’s basketball team (16-10 overall, 8-5 Big Ten) got off to a hot start on Thursday, before cruising to a 62-46 victory over Wisconsin (8-17, 4-9) on the road.
The Spartans took their first lead less than two minutes into the game and never trailed the rest of the way, leading by as many as 20 points.
MSU dominated on the interior, outrebounding Wisconsin 38-21 and outscoring the Badgers 40-12 in the paint.
Three Spartans scored in double figures, led by senior forward Lykendra Johnson with 16 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Leading 31-22 at halftime, MSU opened the second half on an 8-0 run to extend the lead to double figures and put the game out of reach.
Four of MSU’s five starters scored during the run, and the Spartans never led by fewer than 13 points throughout the rest of the game.
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