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MSU women's basketball leading Wisconsin at halftime, 30-27

January 30, 2014
	<p>Redshirt freshman Aerial Powers looks for an open teammate Jan. 30, 2014, during a game against Wisconsin at Breslin Center. Erin Hampton/ The State News</p>

Redshirt freshman Aerial Powers looks for an open teammate Jan. 30, 2014, during a game against Wisconsin at Breslin Center. Erin Hampton/ The State News

Photo by Erin Hampton | The State News

The women’s basketball team started off hot but couldn’t hold off Wisconsin redshirt junior center Michala Johnson down the stretch as MSU enters halftime with a 30-27 lead.

Johnson was a force on offense, scoring 19 points on 9-of-12 shooting. Freshman guard Tori Jankoska leads MSU with nine points, and junior forward Becca Mills has six points. Junior guard Kiana Johnson, who came off the bench and missed Sunday’s game against Ohio State for personal matters, scored four points on 2-of-2 shooting.

MSU turned the ball over on the opening possession, but quickly recovered as Mills scored the first two baskets of the game and blocked a layup attempt by Wisconsin sophomore guard Dakota Whyte. A layup by senior guard Klarissa Bell and 3-pointer by Jankoska followed, and the Spartans had a 9-0 lead to start the game.

Wisconsin didn’t have the answers on offense early, whistling a 30 second timeout eight minutes into the first half after a Jankoska floater gave MSU a 13-3 lead. The Badgers were 1-of-10 from the field at that point.

Junior guard Kiana Johnson checked in after the second media timeout and scored her first bucket, a layup, with about nine minutes to play to give MSU a 21-9 lead. Redshirt junior center Madison Williams blocked a shot on the next possession.

Wisconsin got within six behind the strong play of Michala Johnson before the third media timeout with 3:29 to play, 25-19. The Badgers began going inside to create easier looks and it paid off, scoring ten straight in the paint.

Michala Johnson scored in the paint once again for Wisconsin to cut it to two, 25-23, with under two minutes remaining. After a couple swapped buckets, Pickrel nailed a 3-pointer to stretch the lead to five.

Michala Johnson struck again for the Badgers seconds later, hitting a bank shot to narrow it to three heading into halftime.

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