EAST LANSING (AP) — Aerial Powers had 19 points, 11 rebounds and five assists to lead Michigan State past No. 19 Purdue 89-73 on Sunday.
The Spartans (15-7, 7-2 Big Ten) opened the second half on a 28-13 run to lead 67-51 with 9:24 left and led by double digits from there. It was Michigan State’s s third victory over a ranked team.
Purdue’s KK Houser was leading all scorers with 17 points when she left the game with 5:12 left due to a leg injury. She elevated for a jump shot, came down holding her knee and had to be helped off the court. Houser missed the 2010-11 season with a torn ACL.
Central Lake’s Jasmine Hines had 16 points in 23 minutes off the bench for the Spartans.
“She was a real difference maker,” coach Suzy Merchant said on the school’s Web site. “Getting her from off of the bench really got our offense going, where she did some nice things both defensively and rebounding wise. I think she just had to decide what kind of player she wanted to be, and I think within reason she didn’t over do it or over try. She let the game come to her and it was just nice to see her be the player she can be. I am really proud. A lot of it stemmed from a conversation her and I had the other day. It’s one thing to have an opportunity, but it’s another thing to do something when you get it. With that, I thought she was spectacular for us today.”
Klarissa Bell added 15 and Tori Jankoska scored 14 for MSU which remained alone in second place in the Big Ten with the win.
Whitney Bays led the Boilermakers (15-7, 5-5) with 22 points and six rebounds and April Wilson added 13 points.
Michigan State shot 50 percent from the field held a 39-27 edge on the glass.