Michigan State stymied the nation's leading scorer just in time.
Alysha Clark scored 34 points but none for the last 11-plus minutes, then fouled out as the ninth-seeded Spartans took advantage with a 60-59 win over No. 8 seed Middle Tennessee on Sunday in the NCAA tournament's first round.
Michigan State's Mia Johnson made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with just over a minute left. Brandi Brown made a layup to get the Blue Raiders within one, but Middle Tennessee didn't get a shot off after calling a timeout with 10 seconds left.
Clark had 25 points by halftime, two shy of her scoring average.
Michigan State's Aisha Jefferson scored 20, and Cetera Washington had a season-high 12 points.
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