MSU-Rutgers: So Long Spartans

By Jeff Lippman - March 20, 2007


One is chivalrous lance-toting bloody soldier from days of yore, while the other is the gate-keeper to hell with a blood circulation problem.

Both are Sweet 16 bound and on a collision course with each other.

Next weekend in Greensboro, No. 4 Rutgers, who defeated Michigan State tonight, 70-57, will meet the Blue Devils of top-ranked Duke.

Leading the way for the Scarlet Knights was Kia Vaughn who finished with 16 points and seven boards. Essence Carson had 15 points, eight rebounds and Epiphanny Prince had 14 and six assists. Brittany Ray came up with three huge three-pointers and finished with nine.

For State, their tournament ends with them managing just 32 percent from the field, a number that was increased after they hit a few shots in the final seconds.

Leading the way was Victoria Lucas-Perry with 17 points and 10 boards. Rene Haynes had 14 and Aisha Jefferson 13, the next leading scorer had just six.

Six foot nine center Allyssa DeHaan had a rough night, finishing with just six points on 2-of-8 shooting and only six rebounds. She spent most of the night in foul trouble.

In fact, many of the Spartans suffered from the whistle bug, with Haynes and Jefferson fouling out before the night was through.

At this point, the Knights are one of the most talented teams I've seen this year and can fill it up from any position. Duke will definitely have their hands full when they meet next week.

Posted by Jeff Lippman at 09:14 PM on March 20, 2007
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