Women’s Sports

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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A Home-Grown Team: MSU Cross Country

To an outsider, a team’s success is most often seen in the numbers. A No. 1 national ranking, four invitational team wins and consistently placing multiple runners in the top-15 can weigh heavy in the books, but for the Michigan State University women’s cross country team, success in numbers is not the only reason to feel triumphant.

The state of Michigan is finding itself at the center of collegiate cross country, and is home to two nationally ranked top-five teams. MSU and the University of Michigan have danced around each other in the polls since the beginning of the year. Read More…

Izzo Rocks Michigan State Madness

On an unseasonably warm October night, Spartan fans from around the state packed in to the Breslin Center to witness the spectacle that is Michigan State Madness (formerly known as Midnight Madness). Lines wrapped all the way around the stadium, one even stretching from the Magic Johnson statue to Shaw Lane.

Coach Tom Izzo has built quite the reputation for flashy entrances, and spectators were clueless as to what he might do this time. In recent years, Izzo rode in on a horse, came in dressed as Iron Man and even had a little help from a real-life Spartan, Gerard Butler. Last year, he faked out everyone in the building (myself included) when he pretended to get shot out of a giant cannon. Read More…

Behind the Mask – #8 – 10/23/14

On this episode of Behind the Mask, Jason Ruff and Brain Bobal recap MSU’s opening series against UMass.

In addition, the hosts look ahead to the Spartans’ raod trip to Boston University and UMass-Lowell and check in on MSU women’s field hockey and club ice hockey. Read More…

Women’s Tennis Splits at Midwest Regionals

Michigan State women’s tennis served a split victory at the Midwest Regionals at the Atkins Tennis Center in Champaign, Illinois.

The first day of the Midwest Regionals proved victorious as MSU women’s tennis won both of their first round matches and one second round match. Read More…

Women’s Soccer Falls Short on Senior Day

In a hard-fought battle between Michigan State and Penn State on senior day at DeMartin Stadium, the Spartans fell short, 2-1.

In the first 10 minutes, both teams were in a back and forth battle going up and down the pitch and getting shots off, but not on target. Read More…

Field Hockey Falls to No. 9 Northwestern

Riding high after a shutout against Iowa, the Spartans were quickly brought back down to earth in a 5-2 loss to No. 9 Northwestern Sunday afternoon.

Kristin Matula and Alli Helwig each scored their second goal of the weekend, but the hole was too deep to climb out of. Read More…

Cross Country Makes Statement at Wisconsin Adidas Invitational

The Michigan State cross country team traveled to the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational this weekend to face 26 nationally ranked teams. Pegged as one of the most premier races during the regular season, the invite was the biggest test the Spartans have had this year.

The MSU women entered the race with the highest ranking – a No. 2 coaches ranking and No. 1 by FloTrack – and left with an even better reason for why they are at the top and deserve to stay there. Read More…

Swimming and Diving Falls to Iowa

The first Big Ten meet of the season did not turn out the way the Michigan State men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams had wanted.

Both the women’s and men’s teams falling to Iowa, 196-103 and 171-126, respectively. Read More…

Spartans Blank No. 12 Iowa Behind Patton’s First Shutout

After losing four of their last six games, Michigan State field hockey came out strong in their contest against No. 12 Iowa at the Breast Cancer Awareness Game Friday afternoon. Sierra Patton earned her first career shutout as the Spartans defeated the Hawkeyes 2-0 at Ralph Young Field with the annual Izzone Campout taking place just across the street at Munn Field.

The win puts the Spartans at 8-6 and back to .500 in Big Ten play at 3-3. With the way last weekend turned out with losses to both Indiana and Ball State, this game was a big test for the team. Read More…

Last Three Spots in Big Ten Women’s Soccer Tournament Still Wide Open

No women’s soccer team has been that dominant or bad to lock themselves into a spot in the Big Ten Tournament, but the top five teams right now: Penn State, Michigan, Rutgers, Wisconsin and Minnesota should finish within the top five.

The top eight teams in the conference advance to the Big Ten Tournament, and spots six, seven and eight are wide open between six teams. The target number of points I believe a team needs to make the Big Ten Tourney is at the minimum, 17 points. Being closer to 20 points would better secure them a spot in the final three though. Read More…

Top MSU Women’s Basketball Players of All Time: No. 1

As Michigan State’s all-time leading scorer (1,780 points) and rebounder (1,130), there is no question why Liz Moeggenberg (formerly Shimek) makes it to the top of the series.

Moeggenberg jump-started her career as a Spartan in 2002 with an outstanding freshman season. Moeggenberg started every game while also being named Co-Big Ten Freshman of the Year (with teammate Lindsay Bowen), an honorable mention All-Big Ten by the media and ranked second in the Big Ten in rebounding (9.1). Read More…

Wester’s Late Goal Keeps Spartans’ Season Alive

Both Michigan State and Ohio State had their goal scoring opportunities Thursday, but the Spartans capitalized on them when it was most needed.

Right from the start of the game, the Spartans came out with pressure and within the first minute they found the back of the net when senior forward, Paige Wester, hit a shot at redshirt freshman goalkeeper, Megan Geldernick, who mishandled the shot and allowed junior forward, Allyson Krause, to put a foot on it and find the back of the net. Read More…

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