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Michigan State hammers Indiana State

Michigan State hammers Indiana State

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EAST LANSING, Mich. - Victoria Lucas-Perry played a complete game for a completely different team.

The senior guard scored a career-high 30 points and had seven rebounds, six assists and five steals in No. 17 Michigan State's 85-66 victory over Indiana State on Friday night.

Lucas-Perry was 11-for-18 from the field, 6-for-10 from 3-point range and 2-for-2 at the foul line for the Spartans (3-1), who finished with 28 assists and hit half their 3s.

"It was definitely one of my best games," Lucas-Perry said. "The points weren't the biggest thing. My 3-point shooting was great tonight, and the five steals meant a lot - especially after Wednesday night."

That 57-53 upset by Hofstra triggered a strong response from Michigan State coach Joanne P. McCallie, a reaction her players said was justified.

"We came out with a lot more intensity and togetherness tonight," 6-foot-9 freshman center Allyssa DeHaan said. "Wednesday's loss showed a lack of mental toughness. We just had to take her words as motivation."

DeHaan had 17 points, nine rebounds, three assists and four blocked shots. Rene Haynes added 15 points, as the Spartans shot 54.2 percent from the field.

"I tell you, if Michigan State shoots the ball that well the rest of the year, it'll be in good shape," Indiana State coach Jim Wiedie said. "And it was awful hard for us to match up inside with DeHaan. You can't simulate that size."

Leah Phillips had 11 points, and Laura Rudolphi and Maria Olsthoorn each added 10 for the Sycamores (2-2), who came in averaging 100.3 points.

"Being held to 66 was a combination of what they did and what we didn't," Wiedie said. "We got 29 looks at the 3, and we'll shoot a lot of 3s. But they did a great job of eliminating any inside game we had."

The Spartans played with much more passion and built a 38-26 halftime lead. When Indiana State improved on its 28.1-percent first-half shooting and cut the deficit to six, Lucas-Perry and DeHaan took over again.

"I'm really impressed by our team," McCallie said. "Twenty-eight assists is an awful lot at this time of year. That's something we need to absorb and recreate. The 41-29 rebounding margin is another thing we're very pleased to see."

Michigan State still had 21 turnovers, a continuing problem. But the effort the Spartans lacked for 35 minutes against Hofstra, prompting their coach to call the players "spoiled," wasn't a problem.

"I don't think people should have to lose to learn," McCallie said. "I don't buy that philosophy at all. You have to have a standard for your program every day."

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