Women’s Sports

Women’s Cross Country Finishes Undefeated Season as NCAA Champions

The women of Michigan State cross country ended a perfect season today in Terre Haute, Indiana as NCAA Champions.

This is the first national championship win in program history, finishing with 85 total team points, 62 points less than runner-up Iowa State.

The win is not only monumental for the program, but also for MSU. It is the first team national championship since 2007 when hockey won the title. It is only the second national championship win for a women’s team in school history. Read More…

MSU leads Northwestern In TYR Invite

The Spartan men swimmers are leading the Northwestern TYR Invitational in first and the women are trailing behind Northwestern in second place after Friday’s finals.

MSU swam their way to the top of the invite with a big gap in between first and second; Northwestern is now trailing behind with 285 points.

MSU men and women swimmers ended up taking first place spots in five of the 12 events. Read More…

Cross Country on the Last Leg of the Season

Michigan State’s cross country team is down to the last leg of the season, literally (and no pun intended). The No. 1 ranked women and No. 17 ranked men ran last week in the Great Lakes Regional meet to qualify for the NCAA Cross Country National Championship this Saturday in Terre Haute, Indiana.

While this is the race that it all comes down to, according to head coach Walt Drenth the teams have already met the outcomes they put forth in the beginning of the year. Read More…

Women’s Hockey Preview: Davenport

This weekend, the Michigan State women’s D1 club hockey team will take on the Davenport Panthers in a home-and-home series this Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m.

Head coach Jeff Wilson expects this series to be a tough test, as the Panthers are riding an emotional high after several key wins.

“They’ve had several wins in a row, so they’re really on top of the world at Davenport. So they are expecting big things against us,” Wilson said. Read More…

Go West, Young Spartans: Club Water Polo Competes at Nationals

While the Spartan football, basketball and soccer teams flew east to Maryland last weekend, Michigan State’s club water polo team went the opposite direction, playing for the national championship at the University of Utah.

The Spartans, competing in the Collegiate Water Polo Association, earned a spot in the 16-team tournament after winning the Big Ten Championship at the University of Indiana. That weekend, they topped their archrivals from the University of Michigan in the championship game. Read More…

Women’s Basketball Falls to No. 3 Notre Dame

The No. 15 Michigan State women’s basketball team welcomed the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to the Breslin Center Wednesday night. It was clear to see the crowd’s focus was seeing how the Spartans would stand up to standout freshman Brianna Turner and the rest of the No. 3 Fighting Irish.

The game was intense from the tip-off. Notre Dame got out to a 10-5 lead, but MSU fought back to gain a 12-10 lead over the Irish. As MSU claimed an early lead, there was a collective sense between Spartan and Irish fans in the crowd that they would be in store for a good game. Read More…

Athlete of the Week – Melissa Novak

This week’s Athlete of the Week is senior communication major, Melissa Novak. Melissa serves as the secretary on the executive board of Michigan State Pompon. To learn more about Melissa and the Michigan State Pompon club, check out the MSU Pompon episode of Secret Society!

Michigan State Pompon is a club sport that just recently placed third in the High Kick Championship after seven consecutive wins. Read More…

Behind the Mask – #12 – 11/19/14

This week on Behind the Mask, hosts Jason Ruff and Brian Bobal recap Michigan State men’s ice hockey’s close loss to No. 8 Boston College and what they take away following MSU’s fifth one-goal loss this season.

In addition, our hosts look at the MSU women’s upcoming series against Davenport, take a look at Tom Anastos’ latest recruiting class, and preview Michigan State’s Big Ten opener against Ohio State. Read More…

Women’s Basketball Prepares for Face Off Against No. 3 Notre Dame

This Wednesday, the Spartans will welcome the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to the Breslin Center. Notre Dame is No. 3 in the nation and coming off of a dominating 105-51 victory over UMass Lowell.

The most important thing to watch will be the performance of freshman standout, Brianna Turner. Turner scored 29 points and had nine rebounds in the Fighting Irish’s season opener. In Sunday’s post-game interview, MSU head coach Suzy Merchant referred to her as NBA MVP, Kevin Durant. Read More…

Cross Country Runs a Straight Path to Nationals

Michigan State cross country carved a clear path to nationals this Friday at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The women placed first and men second in their races to receive automatic bids to the NCAA National Cross Country Championship in Terre Haute, Indiana next week.

The No.1 ranked women ran to a first-place finish in the 6K race with 28 total points. This is the team’s sixth regional title. Read More…

Merchantaries – #5 – 11/15/14

Merchantaries is back for another season of Michigan State women’s basketball.

On this episode, host Jennifer Aldridge and co-host Jalen Walker discuss the preseason and what to expect from the No. 14 Spartans this season.

MSU tips-off their season on Sunday against Eastern Michigan at 2 p.m. Read More…

Corner Kick – NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament Preview

Conference play and tournaments are done. The field of 68 has been selected by the NCAA committee and Friday, Nov. 14 kicks off the 2014 NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament. For some teams it will be a long road to Boca Raton, Florida, and for some it will be an easier road.

Brooks Laimbeer, host of Corner Kick, and Travis Clark, reporter for topdrawersoccer.com, break down the field of 68 and predict who has a chance to make it to Boca Raton for the College Cup and to win it all. Read More…

Athlete of the Week – Leah O’Connor

Two weeks ago at the Cross Country Big Ten Championship, Michigan State was not only able to claim the team title but also the individual champion, Leah O’Connor, as their own.

O’Connor has a history of success both on the cross country course and the track, and last week was named the Big Ten Cross Country Athlete of the Year. She is also currently the 2014 national champion in steeplechase. Read More…

Women’s Basketball Dominates in Exhibition Game

The Spartans set the tone for the rest of the season Sunday evening. The Spartans took on the Grand Valley State Lakers in an exhibition game.

Starting for the Spartans were sophomore Tori Jankoska, freshman Jasmine Lumpkin, sophomore Aerial Powers and seniors Jasmine Hines and Becca Mills. All five starters posted double-digit points to help the Spartans defeat the Lakers 70-51. Read More…

Women’s Swimming and Diving Sweeps Toledo

The women’s swim and dive team was at home against Toledo on Friday. They would come out with a win, defeating Toledo 187-110.

The women started the night out strong, winning in the 200-yard Medley with a time of 1:44.16.

“We usually react better when we come indoors,” head coach Matt Gianiodis said. “We closed down the outdoor pool last week. I really wish we would have swam this well last weekend because I think we could have won both meets. Read More…

Women’s Swimming and Diving Returns Home

The women’s swimming and diving team returns home to compete against the University of Toledo on Friday.

“I thought we did well,” head coach Matt Gianiodis said. “It was a tough trip. We bussed seven and a half hours on Friday and got right off the bus and competed I thought pretty hard. We put a lot of events on a lot of kids. I thought we did really well. Read More…

A Team Win in More Ways than One

The women’s cross country team can now mark the Big Ten Championship off their list as champions for the second year in a row. Not only that, but conference weekend is done and the Spartan women still claim the No. 1 spot in the nation.

The team not only claimed the overall champion, Leah O’Connor, as their own, but was also the only team to put all five scorers in the top 11. This put the Spartans at a score of 26, the third-lowest in Big Ten history and half of what second-place University of Wisconsin received at 55 points. Read More…

Athlete of the Week – Aerial Powers

This week’s Athlete of the Week is Aerial Powers, the redshirt sophomore forward for MSU women’s basketball from Detroit, Michigan.

After missing the 2013-2013 season due to injury, Powers came out and dominated last season. Powers won numerous Big Ten accolades as well as posting great numbers in the regular season games. She started all 33 of the games she played in, averaging 13.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Read More…

Behind the Mask – #10 – 11/5/14

On this episode of Behind the Mask, hosts Jason Ruff and Brian Bobal welcome the host of The Pact, the one and only Anthony Serafino as a special guest.

Jason, Brian and Fino will break down Michigan State’s weekend split with Ferris State and give a preview of this weekend’s matchup on the road against the University of New Hampshire. They’ll also take a look at the women’s ice hockey and field hockey teams and much more! Read More…

Softball Recruit has High Hopes for Time at MSU

Ebonee Echols, a senior at Northgate High School in Newnan, Georgia, has recently made her verbal commitment to play on Michigan State University’s varsity softball team.

Echols, who currently leads her high school team in RBIs, was not shy about her enthusiasm for coming to Michigan State.

“I’m excited I get to play the sport I love at one of the highest levels at an amazing school like Michigan State,” Echols said. Read More…

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