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    `Cats Bested by Spartans, 79-59

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Freshman Erin Dickerson went 3-of-5 from beyond the arc en route to an 11-point performance Thursday night.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Freshman Erin Dickerson went 3-of-5 from beyond the arc en route to an 11-point performance Thursday night.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Feb. 2, 2006

    Box Score

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Four Wildcats scored in double-figures, but it was not enough as Michigan State bested Northwestern, 79-59, Thursday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

    Sara Stutz (Glenbrook, Ill./Glenbrook South), Erin Dickerson (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young), Melissa Miller (Bloomington, Minn./The Breck School) and Ifeoma Okonkwo (Spring, Texas/Klein Oak) all had solid performances as Northwestern pulled to 5-16, 1-9 on the season.

    Stutz led the way for Northwestern, scoring a season-high 20 points, including six treys in 13 attempts. Her performance ties Michelle Ratay's 1997 single-game record for most three-point field goals attempted. Stutz's six three's also ties her for second-most three-point field goals made in a game.

    Okonkwo and Dickerson combined for 25 points off the bench on 50 percent (8-of-16) shooting. Miller was a presence in the post, notching 10 points and five rebounds.

    Michigan State jumped out to an early seven-point lead at the 12-minute mark. They continued to build the difference throughout the first half, leading 38-20 with just over a minute and a half left. But the `Cats made a late rally, ending the half on a 6-0 run to cut the lead to 38-26.

    The Spartans opened the second half on a 14-2 run, extending their lead to 52-28. Northwestern again fought back with renewed enthusiasm, outscoring the Spartans 31-27 from that point on.

    NU capitalized on solid ball movement, as they had 18 assists on 22 field goals. However, they had 23 turnovers, leading to 29 Michigan State points.

    The Wildcats are next in action when they host Wisconsin for a 2 p.m. tip on Sunday at Welsh-Ryan Arena.