Michigan State escapes, advancesMar 21, 2011 - 2:06 AM Wichita, KS (Sports Network) - Kalisha Keane netted 17 points as fourth- seeded Michigan State knocked off 13th-seeded Northern Iowa by a narrow 69-66 margin in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Taylor Alton registered 14 points for Michigan State (27-5), which advances to face fifth-seeded Green Bay in round two.
Jacqui Kalin scored 21 points in the lopsided loss for Northern Iowa (27-6), which had a 19-game winning streak snapped.
Michigan State led 37-28 at intermission.
The Spartans were held scoreless over the final 1:53 of the contest. The Panthers had a chance to force overtime, but Erin Brocka missed a three- pointer in the closing seconds.
- NORTHERN IOWA: 66
MICHIGAN STATE: 69
Mar 20 9:36 PM
- NORTHERN IOWA: 28
MICHIGAN STATE: 37
Mar 20 8:29 PM
- NORTHERN IOWA: 0
MICHIGAN STATE: 0
1st Half - 20:00
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