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Spartans overwhelm a pesky Kent State

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Published December 7, 2003

KENT, Ohio - Victoria Lucas-Perry scored 13 and Rene Haynes and Julie Pagel made 3-pointers down the stretch in No. 24 Michigan State's 55-48 victory against Kent State on Saturday.

Haynes made a 3-pointer with 7:22 left to give the Spartans a 47-43 lead. After a layup by Andrea Csaszar cut the lead to one, Pagel made a 3-pointer with 4:17 left to make it 50-46 and start a 8-2 run to finish the game.

Michigan State took a 13-3 lead before Heather Harris made the first of five 3-pointers to start a 14-2 run that gave the Golden Flashes a 17-15 lead.

Harris made two free throws to give Kent State its biggest lead at 32-29 with 15:41 left. Pagel, who finished with six points, scored on a 3-point play with 12 minutes left to give Michigan State the lead for good at 37-34.

NO. 5 TEXAS TECH 77, WYOMING 26: LaToya Davis scored 14 to lead the host Red Raiders to their eighth consecutive victory. Texas Tech scored the first nine of the second half, increasing a 33-16 lead to 42-16. The Red Raiders, who allowed 10 points in the second half, also scored the final 18 of the game.

NO. 11 GEORGIA 72, N.C. STATE 58: Kara Braxton scored 17 and Christi Thomas 14 to help the host Bulldogs shake off early shooting woes. Thomas missed her first eight shots before making five of her last six.

Down 43-31, the Wolfpack's Marquetta Dickens and Terah James made consecutive 3-pointers that cut it to 51-42 with 8:39 left. But Georgia responded with a 12-1 run, sparked by two baskets by Braxton.

NO. 12 K-STATE 94, SAINT LOUIS 54: Megan Mahoney had 12 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds and Kendra Wecker added 18 points for the host Wildcats in the final of the Wildcat Classic. Mahoney scored all her points during the second half to become the second Kansas State player to record a triple double.

Laurie Koehn, who scored 17, made a jumper in the lane with 12:53 left in the half to start a 13-4 run that gave Kansas State a 13-point lead.

NO. 20 OREGON 62, COLO. ST. 50: Andrea Bills had 17 points and eight rebounds and Carolyn Ganes scored 16 for the Ducks in Portland, Ore. Oregon played its first game without center and leading scorer Cathrine Kraayeveld, who injured her right knee in practice Tuesday and probably will have season-ending surgery.

Joy Jenkins' 3-pointer gave Colorado State a 46-45 lead with 6:14 left. But Oregon went on an 8-0 run and scored 17 of the game's final 21.

NO. 22 RUTGERS VS. TEMPLE, PPD: Snow forced the game in Piscataway, N.J., to be called. No makeup date was announced.

GEORGIA COLLEGE & STATE 77, ECKERD 53: The host Bobcats scored the first 18 and cruised.

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