Women’s Sports

Behind the Mask – #13 – 11/26/14

On this episode of Behind the Mask, Jason and guest host Max Benoit recap the men’s and women’s weekend series and look forward to their future match-ups.

Our hosts also elaborate what the men’s team will have to do if they want to start turning the corner and have success in the Big Ten this season. Read More…

A Monumental Season for MSU Cross Country

Their season started in Eugene, Oregon, battling the Oregon Ducks in 90-degree heat and ended in Terre Haute, Indiana dominating a field of the country’s best runners. The Michigan State women’s cross country team ended a perfect, undefeated season as NCAA Cross Country Champions for the first time in program history.

The Spartans’ road to the championship has been impressive to say the least, while exhibiting nothing but perfect performances the whole season. As USTFCCA pointed out, the women won all six (and now seven) races, with their top squad dominating the runner-up team at each race by at least half the points. Read More…

Six Sign Letters of Intent for Women’s Basketball

Last Wednesday, MSU women’s basketball head coach Suzy Merchant announced that she had six recruits sign letters of intent for next year.

Jenna Allen (East Bedford, Ind.), Octavia Barnes (Jackson, Miss.), Victoria Gaines (Merrillville, Ind.), Kalabrya Gondrezick (Benton Harbor, Mich.), Morgan Green (San Jose, Calif.) and Hana Vesela (Priobor, Czech Republic) will all be joining the Spartan family starting in the 2015-2016 season. Read More…

Women’s Club Hockey Earns Weekend Sweep

The Michigan State women’s D1 club team earned a well-deserved sweep of the Davenport Panthers last weekend by scores of 4-0 and 2-1.

On Friday night at Davenport it was all MSU. After a scoreless first period, the Spartans opened it up in the final 40 minutes with four unanswered goals by Hannah Lensing, Lyndsay Oden, Natalie Prisciandaro, and Kara Scaturro. Read More…

The Determination of Aerial Powers

The first time I remember seeing Aerial Powers, I was in the 10th grade at Detroit Country Day.  It was Field Day.

At Country Day, one of the biggest Field Day events was the slam-dunk contest. One representative from each class would compete, and it would get LIVE. Read More…

Spartans End the Weekend Strong at Northwestern TYR Invitational

The Michigan State swim team ended the Northwestern TYR Invite the same way they started it.

The men finished the three-day invitational in first place with a score of 1350 and the women finished in second place behind Northwestern with a score of 856.

To start out the day on Saturday the men were in first with a score of 419. The women were in second place with a score of 287 right behind Northwestern. The team won six out of the 14 events on Saturday. Read More…

Women’s Basketball Bounces Back With Victory Over IUPUI

Sunday evening, the Spartans took on the IUPUI Jaguars at the Breslin Center. The Spartans defeated the Jaguars 64-45.

The Spartans were coming off a tough home loss from the No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish and were looking to bounce back with a win.

The Spartans started Tori Jankoska, Aerial Powers, Jasmine Lumpkin, Anna Morrissey and Becca Mills. Read More…

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…

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