News From Terre Haute, Indiana

December 9, 2007

VIDEO: Michigan State’s super sophomore helps Spartans topple ISU women

6-foot-9 Allyssa DeHaan scores 24, grabs 10 rebounds

By Todd Golden

TERRE HAUTE — The Indiana State women’s basketball team got De-Haan-isized by No. 23 Michigan State on Saturday.

It didn’t help that ISU’s shooting never shook off its permafrost.

Michigan State center Allyssa DeHaan stole the show in Michigan State’s 83-58 victory over ISU at Hulman Center. The 6-foot-9 sophomore had 24 points, 10 rebounds, 8 blocks and 5 assists. Michigan State’s Kaisha Keane added 20 points and 11 rebounds, but a lot of her production came when ISU threw two or three defenders at DeHaan.

“The hardest part about guarding someone that tall is no matter how hard you try to get around or do a three-fourth’s deny, they’re going to lob the ball in and our arms aren’t long enough to [defend],” ISU center Maria Olsthoorn said.

“She was good inside, she could hit the 15-footer, she could pass, she could rebound, she could pretty much do it all.”

Leah Phillips led ISU with 12 points. Olsthoorn added 11 points and 11 rebounds. Annie Bankhead also had 11 points.

Michigan State (7-2) only trailed on one possession early in the game, but ISU (5-3) had chances to make a game of it, only to have any momentum staved off by poor shooting, both from the field and at the line. ISU shot 27.4 percent from the field overall and was 60 percent from the line. Some of it was DeHaan altering shots in the lane, but more of it was just missed open looks.

“How many games are you going to have Kelsey Luna go 2 of 14 from the field? Or have Rudy [Laura Rudolphi] go 0-for-12? It’s not going to happen often,” ISU coach Jim Wiedie said. “We didn’t shoot as well as we’re capable of.”

After an early 6-4 ISU lead, Michigan State went on a 13-4 run to open up a double-digit lead that eventually peaked at 21-8. To that point, ISU had settled primarily on jump shots, and made just 4 of 20 to start the game, but once ISU began to penetrate the lane — notably on drives from Bankhead — the deficit began to gradually shrink.

“I knew we were getting down, because once we see the score, our demeanor seems to change, so I like to provide a spark for the team if I can,” said Bankhead, who had four assists. “I was trying to get in, create, and get us to the line.”

ISU’s aggressiveness got Michigan State in the bonus at the 9:34 mark and in the double-bonus with 3:15 to go when DeHaan picked up her second foul. ISU cut its deficit to 34-29 at one point, but the Sycamores were left wanting. ISU made 5 of 9 at the line in the final 10 minutes of the half.

“Whenever we needed a big three or an and-one, we just couldn’t get it. If you have to go down and defend that many possessions without scoring, it puts you in a tough spot,” Wiedie said.

Michigan State had a 36-29 at the break, having relied almost entirely on DeHaan in the first half as the Spartans shot 1 of 11 from 3-point range in the first half. The Sycamores wouldn’t be so fortunate in the second half.

It seemed ISU had a window when DeHaan picked up her third foul at the 18-minute mark. But ISU’s penetration dried up and so did its offense. The Sycamores hung in there, trailing by just seven at the 15-minute mark, but a 4 of 18 shooting start could not be overcome, especially when Michigan State began to bury its outside shots. The Spartans went on a 10-2 run to open up a 57-40 gap and the Spartans never stopped scoring. Their lead peaked at 28 in the final minute.

“Some of the things they do well, we don’t defend well, so I had concerns going into the game. But I thought our kids did a good job. It’s a nice win for us on the road, especially with a young team,” said Michigan State coach Suzy Merchant, who had three freshman starters.

Despite the loss, Wiedie was happier with the effort than he was in ISU’s narrow 61-57 win over Ball State on Thursday. Now it’s a matter of sustaining the effort, not easy given that ISU has a week off for exams before playing at Marquette next Saturday.

“I thought we took some positive steps, but what happens next week during practice? Do we get better as a team? That’s kind of our thing, have we gotten better since Vanderbilt? I don’t know, I thought we’ve kind of gone backwards a bit. Can we build on this? Do we have to play a ranked team to get a response. We’ll see,” Wiedie said.

The announced crowd of 4,492 was the fifth-largest all-time for a women’s game at Hulman Center, though it appeared many ticket-holders were absent.



Michigan State 78

min fg-fga 3p-3pa ft-fta r a pf pts

Washington 8 0-3 0-0 0-0 3 0 2 0

Thomas 27 0-4 0-0 0-0 5 3 4 0

Keane 27 8-12 2-5 2-2 11 5 4 20

Wulff 32 4-7 2-2 0-0 1 2 1 10

DeHaan 31 9-17 0-1 6-6 10 5 3 24

Piechowski 12 1-4 1-3 0-0 1 3 0 3

Davidson 33 4-10 2-6 1-1 2 7 2 11

Wilson 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0

Aitch 17 5-7 0-0 0-0 5 0 3 10

Totals 31-64 7-17 9-9 44* 20 20 78

Indiana State 51

A. Phillips 3-10 2-6 1-2 1 3 0 9

Bankhead 28 3-7 0-4 5-8 2 4 2 11

Luna 27 2-14 2-8 0-0 4 1 0 6

Olsthoorn 21 1-2 0-1 5-6 11 0 2 7

Rudolphi 17 0-12 0-0 1-2 1 0 4 1

L. Phillips 28 4-9 4-8 0-0 3 2 1 12

Cooley 12 1-1 0-0 1-5 4 0 0 3

Schilli 16 1-3 0-0 0-0 4 1 1 2

Rivest 8 0-1 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 0

Totals 15-59 8-27 13-23 37* 11 12 51

Halftime score — MSU 36, ISU 29. FG Pct. — MSU .484, ISU .254. 3P Pct.: MSU .412, ISU .296. FT Pct. — ISU 1.000, MU .565. Steals — ISU 3 (Thomas, DeHaan, Davdison 1), ISU 4 (Schilli 2). Blocks — MSU 8 (DeHaan 8), ISU 6 (Olsthoorn 2, Rudolphi 2). Turnovers — MSU 7, ISU 10. *Team rebounds — MSU 6, ISU 5. A — 4,492.