Feb. 18, 2007

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Michigan State’s 6-foot-9 Allyssa DeHaan scored 25 points and the 24th-ranked Spartans beat No. 4 Ohio State 62-59, ending the Buckeyes’ 17-game winning streak.

Rene Haynes had a steal and two free throws in the final seconds to help seal the victory for the Spartans (21-6, 11-3 Big Ten).

Ohio State (24-2, 13-1) was trying to clinch a share of its third Big Ten title in a row. But DeHaan negated two-time conference player of the year Jessica Davenport, who was in foul trouble throughout.

Down by as many as 11 early in the half, the Spartans drew to 55-54 on Victoria Lucas-Perry’s reverse layup off an assist from DeHaan and a DeHaan bank shot over Davenport, who was carrying four fouls, with 1:33 left.

After Ohio State’s Marscilla Packer missed her second 3-pointer in as many possessions, Michigan State brought the ball upcourt and called timeout with just over a minute remaining.

The Spartans worked the ball around the perimeter before feeding DeHaan, who hit a short turnaround with 47 seconds left. At the other end, the Buckeyes went immediately inside to Davenport who was fouled on a spin move 10 seconds later and hit both shots for a 57-56 lead.

On a drive, Aisha Jefferson missed but DeHaan grabbed the rebound and scored with just over 21 seconds on the clock.

The Buckeyes called timeout with 16.1 seconds left in front of their own bench.

Packer’s pass for guard Ashlee Trebilcock was tipped away by Haynes, a Columbus native, who dived on the floor to grab the loose ball before being fouled by Trebilcock. Haynes then hit both foul shots with 13.5 seconds left for a 60-57 lead.

Packer, just 1-for-10 on 3-pointers, missed another shot behindthe arc but Stephanie Blanton’s follow cut the lead to a point with3.1 seconds left.

DeHaan was fouled on the ensuing inbounds pass and hit both shots.

Packer’s offbalance 3-pointer from 30 feet at the buzzer was just short and off the front of the rim.

Jefferson had 12 points and Haynes 11 for the Spartans, who have won six in a row.

Davenport, the conference’s leading scorer at 19 a game, had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Her backup, Andrea Walker, added 10 points, seven rebounds and three assists.

The loss ended two other Buckeyes’ streaks: 30 consecutive wins against Big Ten teams and 27 home wins.

Up by a game over Michigan State and Purdue with two games left in the conference season, the Buckeyes can still clinch at least a share of the title with a win at home on Thursday night against Penn State.

The Buckeyes surged in the final minutes of the first half to take a 32-25 lead – with Davenport spending most of the time on the bench with two fouls.

Tamarah Riley and Walker came off the bench to pick up Ohio State. Riley muscled for five points inside and Walker contributed three rebounds and two assists as the Buckeyes broke away from a tie at 23-23 to finish the half on a 9-2 run. Walker started that spurt with two free throws, then assisted to Allen on a backdoor cut for an easy bucket.

The Buckeyes had not lost to a Big Ten opponent since falling to Purdue on Jan. 1, 2006. Their only previous loss this season was 75-51 at No. 9 LSU on Dec. 10.

The Spartans had lost three in a row to Ohio State.