No. 21 Michigan State 67, Iowa 57

Jan. 21, 2007

Recap | Box Score

Today’s 67-57 defeat snapped Iowa’s four-game road winning streak. Iowa also falls to 0-4 against ranked opponents this year.

Today was the 50th meeting between Iowa and Michigan State. Iowa falls to 29-21 in the series. The Spartans have now won seven of the last eight in the series.

There were six ties and 12 lead changes in today’s game, including six ties and 10 lead changes in the first half.

Eight of Iowa’s nine players scored at least two points today.

Kristi Smith pulled down a team and career-high seven rebounds today. The sophomore also netted a team-high 13 points.

Kristi Smith was 1-1 from 3-point range today. The sophomore has made 12 of her last 16 (.750) 3-point attempts.

Wendy Ausdemore, who entered today’s game averaging 15.3 points in league play, was limited to six points. The sophomore did collect four assists.

With Michigan State leading 32-31 early in the second half, the Spartans went on a 14-4 run to build an 11-point advantage (46-35) with 13:12 remaining. The Hawkeyes were able to cut the deficit to seven (52-45) with 7:53 left, but would not get any closer.

Iowa made all six of its free throw attempts in the first half. The Hawkeyes attacked the basket more in the second 20 minutes and attempted 11 from the foul line in the second half, making six.

Nicole VanderPol came off the bench and scored eight points today. The eight points were the most she has scored since netting a career-high 10 points vs. Northern Iowa this season.

Iowa forced a season-high 21 turnovers today.

Krista VandeVenter grabbed five rebounds today to raise her career total to 566, a total that ranks 12th at Iowa. The native of Osseo, MN, also tallied 13 points today.

Iowa falls to 81-14 when holding opponents to 69 points or less in the seven years under Coach Bluder.

Michigan State outrebounded Iowa by seven today (37-30). The Spartans dominated the Hawkeyes again in the post, outscoring Iowa 42-24 in the paint.

Michigan State senior Victoria-Lucas Perry scored her 1,000th career point today. Spartan freshman Alyssa DeHaan blocked a game-high seven blocks today.

Iowa returns to action Thursday when it welcomes Minnesota to Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes defeated the Golden Gophers 58-56 on Dec. 28 in Minneapolis.

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