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Women's basketball wins big over IPFW, Johnson makes an impact in season debut

December 16, 2012

It took less than a minute after stepping on the court for the first time this season for Kiana Johnson to soar for a steal and a score, flashing the ability that made her an All-Big Ten selection as a freshman and possibly the missing link in this year’s Spartan basketball team.

The MSU women’s basketball team (9-1) seemed right at home in their return to Jenison Field House, pummeling IPFW (3-7) 64-36 Sunday afternoon.

Three players scored in double figures for the Spartans, led by junior forward Annalise Pickrel’s 15 points and seven rebounds, along with 13 points and five rebounds from sophomore forward Becca Mills.

But it was the return of Johnson from a nine-game suspension that stole the show for the green and white.

The sophomore guard ignited a 22-2 run as soon as she stepped on the floor, pushing MSU in front 33-6 and quickly put the game out of reach.

Johnson scored four points, with four assists and two steals during the eight-minute stretch, with her trademark flashy passes and hard-nosed defense on full display.

Johnson finished the game with eight points, six assists and three steals, while senior forward Courtney Schiffauer added a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds for MSU.

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