Women’s Sports

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…

Schedule for MSU Gymnastics Released

Michigan State University’s gymnastic schedule for the 2014 season has been released. This year, the women’s gymnastics team will face off against seven other Big Ten teams, bringing their season-long schedule to 12 meets.

The team will begin their season with the annual Green vs. White scrimmage on Dec. 21, followed by the Meet The Spartans event on Jan. 4, both held in East Lansing. Read More…

Swim and Dive Competes in Buffalo

The Michigan State swim and dive team traveled to Buffalo, New York to compete against Army and Buffalo in a two day meet.

To end the two day meet, the MSU men beat Buffalo 185-130 and Army 188.5-164.5. The women fell to Buffalo 173-142, and Army defeated MSU in the last race to make the final score 179.5-173.5. Read More…

Cross Country Runs to Top of Big Ten Championship

Redshirt senior Leah O’Connor led Michigan State women’s cross country to its second straight and fourth Big Ten title in five years this weekend in Iowa City, Iowa. The Big Ten Championship was the first leg of the postseason competition for MSU.

The women came in first place with 26 total points and the team put four runners in the top ten, more than any other team. The score is the third-lowest in Big Ten history. Read More…

Field Hockey Falls on Senior Day to Louisville

It was not the senior day the No. 19 Spartans were looking for as they fell to No. 9 Louisville 2-1 on Saturday. Becky Stiles got Michigan State’s lone tally and Sierra Patton made two saves.

Both offenses were rather quiet in the first half with Louisville outshooting the Spartans 5-2. Once the second half started, the offense showed up. Read More…

MSU Women’s Basketball Hosts Media Day

On Friday, the Michigan State women’s basketball team hosted their media day at the Breslin Center.

The Spartans are coming off of a 23-10 season in which they captured the Big Ten Championship for the second time in four years. It is clear to see this year’s team is hungry for another ring this year. Read More…

Behind the Mask – #9 – 10/30/14

On this episode of Behind the Mask, hosts Jason Ruff and Brian Bobal break down last weekend’s performances by the Michigan State ice hockey and field hockey teams.

Later in the show, the hosts check in on the other Big Ten teams and preview men’s hockey’s upcoming home series against No. 14 Ferris State. Read More…

Women’s Gymnastics Prepares for the Upcoming Season

In just a few short months, Michigan State women’s gymnastics will return to action for their 2014-2015 season. Coming off an eighth-place finish in the Big Ten Conference and finishing No. 39 in the country, the team is ready to return to competition in Jenison Field House.

The Spartans’ 2013-2014 season concluded with a “disappointing day” at the B1G Championships, according to head coach Kathie Klages. At the tournament, then-junior Gillian Carr was seriously injured in warm-ups, causing early problems for the team. The championships continued with three Lady Spartans falling, one on bars and two on beam, which lead led to one of these low scores counting in the final team score.

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