No. 24 Michigan State Holds Off UCLA, 47-43

Dec. 19, 2003

Los Angeles, Calif. - No. 24 Michigan State improved its record to 8-1 on the season with a 47-43 win over UCLA in Pauley Pavilion. Sophomore forward Liz Shimek led three MSU players in double figures with a game-high total of 14 points as the Spartans posted their fourth win in a row.

Michigan State, which led by as many as 12 in the first half, enjoyed a 25-17 lead at the intermission. The Spartans still led by nine points, 36-27, with 13:03 to play, before the Bruin defense held MSU scoreless for over five minutes and UCLA crept to within two points. A Lisa Willis jump shot with 6:42 to play capped a 9-2 Bruin run and pulled UCLA to within two at 38-36. Two more times the Bruins would trim the margin to two points, but it would be as close as they would get to the visiting Spartans. After another Willis jump shot made the score 42-40 at the 3:45 mark, Michigan State's Shimek got loose behind the Bruin defense for a lay up to lift the MSU lead to 44-40. A Kristin Haynie basket, following a UCLA miss on the front end of the one-and-one, improved the MSU lead to six at 46-40 with 2:49 to play.

The Bruins' Gennifer Arranaga answered with a three-point shot with 1:01 to play to slice the lead to 46-43. UCLA's Amanda Livingston then blocked a Shimek shot on the following possession, and the Bruins had a chance to tie. However, Willis' three-point shot with 12 seconds was off the mark and the Spartans took control on the rebound. Haynie, a 95% free throw shooter coming into the game, was fouled with 10.7 seconds remaining. She missed the front end of the one-and-one bonus situation from the free throw line, but the Bruins could not control the rebound, which went out of bounds to Michigan State. Julia Pagel was fouled on the inbounds play with 7.6 seconds to play and hit the front end of a one-and-one situation to give MSU a 47-43 lead. The Bruins missed their final shot attempt, and the Spartans had their fourth straight win.

UCLA, now 3-4 on the year, was led by Willis' 13 points. She was the only UCLA player in double figures. Haynie, with 11 points, and Lindsay Bowen, with 10, joined Shimek in double digits for Michigan State. The Bruins will host Fresno State on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion.

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