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.
Hines’ eight field goals were a career high. She also had six rebounds.
“I think a couple areas have really grown for her,” Merchant said on the Web site. “First of all, she started out the game understanding that she can’t just be a power all the time player. We have really been working with her on her up-and-under game because she has power and people know that, so we just have to play it. So I thought we saw her early, even if she missed a couple it would be good. She was changing directions, working on her up-and-under, her post moves, and as she did that a couple of times she was able to keep her leverage and pin-and-seal, and obviously gain an advantage with her strength too. So it was nice to see her develop a little bit. The other side of the game that I think she has improved on, that we have been at her with and trying to get her more aggressive, is with defensive and offensive rebounds. I thought she was definitely a force in there. Then, after the last game against Wisconsin where she did not move her feet real well to get into position, I thought today’s effort she took a couple of charges and really did a nice job of not fouling. So it’s nice to see that growth and maturity.”
The Spartans’ 7-2 start in Big Ten play is second-best in program history. The 1996-97 team won eight of its first nine games. Also, Michigan State’s 89 points were its most in a Big Ten regular season game since scoring 101 vs. Northwestern on Feb. 3, 2005.
Michigan State set a season-high attendance mark with 13,172 on hand. That was the eighth-most in Spartan history.