The first taste of victory was had by the men’s swimming and diving team January 23 in East Lansing, defeating Oakland University 154-143 and it came down to the last event to determine who would win.
The Michigan State Spartans (12-7, 4-2) were defeated by the Illinois Fighting Illini (9-10, 2-4) Thursday night, 61-51. This is the Spartans’ second loss in a row. Although MSU had a disappointing night against Illinois, there was a player that managed to make her presence known.
Junior forward Becca Mills started the game off for the Spartans with their first seven points in the first four minutes of the game. Mills finished with 17 points, four rebounds and 5-5 from the free throw line. Mills’ points allowed her to be tied for the most in a Big Ten game this season.
That is how Michigan State head coach Suzy Merchant described the game against Illinois. The Spartans suffered their second conference loss, 61-51, against Illinois.
“From the get-go, from warm-ups, it just was evident that there just wasn’t a lot of effort and passion going on right there,” Merchant said.
The Spartans experienced their first conference loss of the season against the Penn State Lady Lions on Sunday, 66-54. Captain Annalise Pickrel said it was a wake up call.
“The Big Ten is not a sprint. It’s a marathon,” Pickrel said.
“I think we were sitting a little high from the last couple games, so this is sort of a wake-up as to how the Big Ten really is.”
The MSU gymnastics team fell in another close battle versus Pittsburgh Saturday afternoon with a score of 193.025 – 192.525.
The Spartans were missing a major piece not having Alina Cartwright in the rotation for the meet. Cartwright led the Spartans and head coach Kathy Klages shared that it was to be a precautionary decision regarding a neck injury.
Michigan State entered the game against Penn State as No. 1 in the Big Ten standings. But Penn State was a great competitor and knocked the Spartans off their top spot, 66-54. The Spartans are now 4-1 in the Big Ten Conference.
The top scorers for the game were Annalise Pickrel with 17 followed by Klarissa Bell and Aerial Powers with 12. Powers also led the team with 10 rebounds. Powers’ rebounds were not enough however. Read More…
After being off for an entire month over winter break, the Lady Spartans took to the ice this weekend against the Grand Valley State University Lakers in a home-and-home series.
On Saturday, Michigan State was able to sneak away with a 5-3 victory on the road against the Lakers.
No. 9 MSU women’s hockey defeated the No. 6 GVSU Lakers Sunday afternoon, 2-1. Kendall Clary scored both goals for the Spartans and goaltender Julia King stopped 31 of 32 shots faced. Read More…
It was a rough weekend for Michigan State swimming and diving as the women’s team lost a close meet to Bowling Green Friday night in East Lansing 150-144, and both teams dropped the tri-meet at Eastern Michigan with Buffalo Saturday.
The MSU gymnastics team will be facing off against the Pittsburgh Panthers this weekend.
The Spartans broke into the Top 25 rankings according to GymInfo this Monday, securing the 25th spot.
The Spartan women’s basketball team traveled to Ann Arbor, Mich., Sunday to play their in-state rival, the University of Michigan Wolverines, in the teams’ only matchup of the season.
The Spartans beat the Wolverines, 79-72 and now start their Big Ten schedule 3-0 for the third time in the last four years.
The ‘Victory Plank’ will not be coming to East Lansing for a fourth straight year.
The Spartans fell to the Fighting Illini of the University of Illinois in their home opener Friday night. With a strong start from the Spartans and close competition throughout the night, the meet came down to the wire. In the end, the Illini edged the Spartans by a final score of 195.352 – 194.150.
West Lafayette, IND.–A talented Purdue Boilermaker swim and dive team was coming off a long plane trip from Hawaii and a meet yesterday against the Michigan Wolverines, but that did not stop them from earning two victories over Michigan State Saturday afternoon.
After the win against Colgate University on Dec. 29, Aerial Powers said she was working on improving her rebounding. Against Nebraska, she did just that in the Spartans’ upset of the No. 16 Cornhuskers, 70-57.
Powers recorded her 4th fourth double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds. She also had five fouls and four turnovers.
“Even if I mess up, I don’t focus too much on that, I focus on doing everything right,” Powers said. Read More…
Center Madison Williams feels motivated when people that do not know the game recognize her difference on the floor.
But her focus is to get back into shape.
“I’m embarrassed that I’m so tired,” Williams said. Read More…
Defense led the MSU women’s basketball team to a 50-point win over the Colgate Raiders on Sunday, Dec. 29 at the Breslin Center.
Tori Jankoska overcame her slump and led MSU with 25 points. Seventeen of her points were scored in the first half. All but one player on the Spartan roster scored at least one point. The team shot 50 percent from the field. Read More…
2013 has been a year of ups and downs for sports. There has been inspiring highs and devastating lows.
Below, Impact Sports looks at 10 of the biggest sports newsmakers of 2013. These newsmakers changed the human eye of sports this year and had an impact on the future of athletics.