EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Lindsay Bowen and No. 9 Michigan State beat Minnesota (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today, No. 11 AP) at its own game on Sunday.
Bowen scored 18 of her 20 points in the second half and the Spartans clamped down on defense and out-muscled the Gophers on the boards in a 62-49 Big Ten win.
The Spartans (15-2, 4-1), who are off to the best start in school history, snapped Minnesota's six-game winning streak and handed the Gophers their first conference loss of the season. It was Michigan State's fourth consecutive win over Minnesota.
The Gophers (14-3, 4-1) were led by center Janel McCarville's 14 points and 15 rebounds.
Minnesota entered the game third in Big Ten scoring defense and 17th nationally, holding teams to just 51.9 points per game. The Gophers were first in the Big Ten with an 11.6 rebounding margin.
In its last two games, Minnesota held No. 20 Purdue and then-No. 23 New Mexico to 38 and 35 points, respectively.
But the Spartans outrebounded the Gophers by 37-31 and scored 39 points in the second half on nearly 54 percent shooting while holding Minnesota to just 33 percent shooting.
"We did not play disciplined and smart defense," Minnesota coach Pam Borton said. "We were lunging after balls and our guards got out of position, and I think that led to (Bowen) getting some open looks."
Bowen shot just 1-for-5 in the first half. The junior guard hit 6-of-7 second-half field-goal attempts, including all three from 3-point range.
When Minnesota pulled to within six early in the second half, Bowen scored nine consecutive points -- a pair of 3-point shots and a conventional three-point play -- and 12 of her team's 15 points to help the Spartans open a 49-35 advantage with just under six minutes left.
"I thought Lindsay took things into her own hands out there," Michigan State coach Joanne McCallie said. "She got mad. She was physically handled in the first half but kept her composure."
Bowen said she was trying to take over the game.
"As a player, you're always thinking that," she said. "And once we started getting further ahead, we wanted to keep pouring it on."
The Spartans had 12 turnovers in the game's first 23 minutes but only two in the final 17. Michigan State had just one turnover in a 14-minute stretch while building its biggest lead to 57-40 with 3:37 left.
Rene Haynes added 17 points for Michigan State and Kelly Roehrig added 11 points and nine rebounds. Haynes scored 10 of her 17 in the first half, helping the Spartans take an early 17-11 lead they never relinquished.