Michigan women’s basketball senior Stephanie Gandy played
her best basketball of the season against Michigan State last night
… at least in the first half.

Gandy scored 15 points on 5-for-7 shooting in the opening 20
minutes, but scored just two points on 1-for-8 shooting in the
second half.

Gandy completed four 3-point plays early in the first half,
sparking the Wolverines to a 33-20 halftime lead.

Unlike Michigan’s energy level in the second half,
Gandy’s shots weren’t falling.

Burnett squeezed as much as she could from Gandy, playing her
all 40 minutes.

“At some point tonight, we lost that energy, that
electricity that creates offense for us,” Burnett said.

The Spartans outscored the Wolverines by 18 points in the second
half.

Fans answer the call: Crisler Arena has never been louder
during a women’s basketball game.

With Michigan State taking their first lead of the game, 55-54,
the chant from Crisler sounded like “Let’s go
Bleen” — a mixture of “Let’s go Blue”
and “Let’s go green.”

Thanks to about 900 Spartan faithful, Michigan set an all-time
attendance record for a women’s basketball game with 4,611
fans in attendance.

“I want to thank the game environment — of course
our own people that really came out to support us, and certainly
quite a few Michigan State people that were here,” Burnett
said.

To help boost attendance at Crisler, Michigan’s promotion
department called thousands of fans with a taped recording of
Burnett. She encouraged fans to support the team in their remaining
home games. Michigan averages 2,100 fans per game, but has eclipsed
the 4,000 mark in recent games.

The Bluenatics, the women’s basketball student fan club,
helped Michigan on defense. Spartan guard Kristin Haynie went
0-for-8 in the first half after enduring taunts of
“air-ball” every time she touched the ball.

Choke, cough, and green: The Bluenatics may have taken
Haynie out of the game in the first half, but the junior nailed the
biggest shot of the game — her only field goal — and
gave Michigan State their first lead, 55-54 with 3:09
remaining.

This girl was sick — literally.

“I’m not a doctor, but you know when you cough up
all that green stuff,” Michigan State coach Joanne P.
McCallie said. “She’s got an infection.”

Haynie was subbed in and out of the game five times in the first
half.

“She couldn’t breath, she couldn’t do
anything,” McCallie said. “I said, ‘Can you play
or not.’ She said, ‘Yeah I’m playing.’

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