CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Becca Mills and Tori Jankoska each scored 22 points to lead No. 24 Michigan State in a 69-53 victory over Illinois on Wednesday night.
Michigan State (15-7, 7-2 Big Ten) racked up 41 points in the first half and jumped out to a 17-point lead at the break. Midway through the second half both teams went without a basket and combined to miss 10 shots over 3 minutes, after which the Spartans took their largest lead of the game at 23 points.
The Spartans shot 53.3 percent from the floor and held Illinois (9-13, 2-7) to 17-of-55 shooting from the field and 17.6 percent from 3-point range.
Ivory Crawford scored 20 points and went 9 of 10 from the line for the Fighting Illini. Illinois kept up with the Spartans in the second half, even outscoring them 29-28, but it wasn't enough to close the first-half deficit.
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