Michigan State holds on to defeat No. 4 Indiana 83-78
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State had four players score in double figures en route to take down previously unbeaten No. 4 Indiana 83-78 on Thursday.
Kamaria McDaniel had 24 points to lead the Spartans, Matilda Ekh and Taiyier Parks each had 18, and DeeDee Hagemann had 15 to go with eight assists.
Mackenzie Holmes had 32 points and 12 rebounds for No. 4 Indiana (12-1, 2-1 Big Ten), while Yarden Garzon added 17 points for the Hoosiers.
The Spartans pressed the Hoosiers for long stretches of the game, forcing 21 turnovers and scoring 28 points off turnovers to Indiana’s 11.
“When you watch Indiana play, they’re extremely efficient in the quarter-court,” Michigan State coach Suzy Merchant said. “So we knew our press would turn things up a little bit for them. We wanted to make sure they didn’t pick us apart in the quarter-court.”
Michigan State (9-5, 1-2) led by as many as 11 points in the third quarter before Indiana rallied to tie the score at 60 in the fourth. The Spartans then retook the lead and held off the Hoosiers down the stretch.
“We dug ourselves a little hole there in the first half, and then fought out way back to pull within striking distance,” Indiana coach Teri Moren said. “We tied the game up and gave up the 3-point play and lost the momentum. We knew the press was coming, but we didn’t handle ourselves. I was disappointed, but Michigan State deserved to win this game today.”
The Spartans won their third game in a row despite Indiana hitting 58.5% of its shots from the floor. MSU shot 55.6% from the floor.
The contest was the only regular-season meeting between the teams.
Indiana: The Hoosiers will likely slide a few spots in next week’s Top 25, depending on how they do in Sunday’s home game against Nebraska.
Michigan State: The upset should provide a lift to the Spartans going into the holiday weekend.
Indiana hosts Nebraska on Sunday
Michigan State plays at Northwestern on Monday
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