Michigan State

MSU Women Post Huge Defensive Win

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(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Porsche Poole scored 11 points, and No. 11 Michigan State turned in a record-setting defensive performance to defeat Northwestern 56-25 in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals Friday.

Brittney Thomas and Lykendra Johnson each scored 10 points for the top-seeded Spartans (26-4), who held the Wildcats to the lowest points total in the 17-year history of the tournament.

Michigan set the previous low, scoring 37 points in a quarterfinals loss to Iowa in 2008.

Amy Jaeschke and Allison Mocchi led Northwestern (18-13) with six points each. Jaeschke, who averaged 22 points per game, was held to single digits for the first time this season.

Northwestern shot 22 percent from the field, committed 23 turnovers and missed all 16 of its 3-point shots. Michigan State barely missed posting the largest margin of victory in tournament history.
   
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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