HONOLULU (AP) -- Kristin Haynie made a coast-to-coast layup with
2 seconds left to give Michigan State (No. 14 ESPN/USA Today; No. 13 AP) a 56-54 victory over
Utah in the first round of the Rainbow Wahine Classic on Friday.
Haynie scored the game's last six points and finished with 12 to
help Michigan State (3-0) thwart the Utes' comeback.
After Utah's Marie Warner hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 54 with 8
seconds remaining, Haynie wove through the Utes' defense for the
game-winning layup. She then intercepted Utah's inbounds pass at
midcourt to seal the victory.
Liz Shimek led the Spartans with 15 points and Lindsay Bowen
Warner paced the Utes (1-2) with 12 points.
Utah, which trailed most of the game, took its first lead at
48-46 on Warner's jumper with 5:25 remaining. Her shot capped a
25-11 run by the Utes, erasing a 12-point deficit.
Both teams struggled from the field in the first half, when Utah
made just 7 of 23 shots and Michigan State shot 9-of-30. The
Spartans took an 11-3 lead to start the game and entered halftime