Women’s Sports

Big Ten Women’s Soccer Season Preview: A Different Look but Just as Competitive

The women’s college soccer season has already started and a few Big Ten team are off to great starts and some have underachieved.

Brooks Laimbeer, host of Corner Kick, and Top Drawer Soccer reporter, Travis Clark, discuss all 14 teams in the Big Ten, incoming freshman to watch, professional prospects and who will make the Big Ten Tournament and the NCAA Tournament.

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Spread-out Attack Powers Spartans in Exhibition Wins

The No. 20 Michigan State women’s field hockey team got off to an undefeated start this past weekend, winning both exhibition games against Central Michigan and Kent State.

Seven different Spartans accounted for the 10 total goals scored on Saturday.

In the opening game, the Spartans faced Central Michigan, a game Michigan State dominated from the first center pass. Goals from Allie Ahern, Abby Barker, Becky Stiles and Kristin Matula, all in the first 10 minutes of play, fueled the Spartans to a 4-1 lead at the half.

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Cross Country to Run against Oregon Same Weekend as Football

The No. 8 Michigan State Spartans’ Sept. 6 football matchup against the No. 3 Oregon Ducks has received plenty of hype over the past summer, but another MSU team will also be making the trip out to the University of Oregon.

On Friday Sept. 5, the Spartan runners will find themselves on Pre’s Trail (named after famed Oregon runner Steve Prefontaine) for the Bill Dellinger Invitational, running against some of the top runners on the west coast.

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Top MSU Women’s Basketball Players of All Time: No. 7

Kristin Rasmussen comes in at No. 7 in the countdown of all-time Spartan women’s basketball greats due to her hustle, leadership and versatile playing ability.

Rasmussen was a huge asset to the Spartans in her three-year career at Michigan State, spanning from 1996-1999, showing leadership and boasting an impressive resume of stats on the court. The forward from Okemos High School is one of only three players in the history of Spartan women’s basketball to be named a co-captain for three consecutive years.

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Lady Spartans Can Compete in Big Ten, Consistency is the Key

Coming into the 2014 season, the Michigan State women’s soccer team have some kinks that need to be fixed, but signs of improvement were seen in their exhibition game against the University of Virginia.

In 2013, the Spartans played 19 games. In four of those games, the team failed to score a goal. They also gave up the first goal 11 times and in those 11 games, Michigan State was 1-8-2.

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Athlete of the Week: Natalie Prisciandaro

For this week’s Athlete of the Week installment, Impact Sports sat down with Natalie Prisciandaro, forward for MSU’s D-I women’s ice hockey team. The Rochester Hills, Mich. native is a junior majoring in nursing.

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Women’s Soccer Schedule Breakdown: Part 3 (Games 15-20)

Purdue University Boilermakers
Oct. 11
7 p.m.
West Lafayette, Ind.
 

In the last four seasons, the Spartans have gone 4-0-0 against the Boilermakers and have outscored Purdue 10-2.

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Tori Franklin Wins Gold Abroad

Tori Franklin may have just won a gold medal Saturday evening at the 2014 North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Under-23 Championship in Kamloops, British Columbia, but she is already getting back to work.

Franklin competed for the United States in the triple jump and posted a mark of 13.42 meters to finish first overall in the event and earned an invitation to represent the USA in her event at the Pan American Olympic Festival in Mexico City, Mexico.

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Top MSU Women’s Basketball Players of All Time: No. 8

Over the years, many Spartans have demonstrated their skills on the court. In the lead-up to the women’s basketball season, Impact Sports takes a look at the top 10 women’s basketball players in Spartan history. This week we look at No. 8.

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Top MSU Women’s Basketball Players of All Time: No. 9

Brittney Thomas boasts quite an impressive resume when it comes to her time in the Spartan basketball program. It is highly likely that she is one of the most overlooked players in the history of Spartan women’s basketball.

Thomas’ most notable accomplishment is holding Michigan State’s single-game record for free-throws made, with 14 in a game against Purdue in 2011. The guard also led Michigan State in assists per game during all four years of her playing career from 2007-2011.

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First Class of College Sports: Big 5 Conferences Could Be Granted Autonomy in Thursday Vote

It is no secret that the Big 5 or the Power 5, whatever you prefer, are getting bigger and bigger in every aspect. This Thursday, the biggest athletic conferences in the N.C.A.A. could get one step closer to governing themselves.

In a vote by the Division I’s board of directors at the N.C.A.A. headquarters in Indianapolis, the Big 5 conferences could be granted autonomy from some of the N.C.A.A. rules, giving them a first class status.

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MSU Women’s Soccer Schedule Analysis — Games 8-15

University of Wisconsin Badgers

Sept. 12

3:30 p.m.

DeMartin Stadium

To open up conference play, the Spartans will play the Badgers who have had their way with Michigan State. Wisconsin is 25-4-2 overall and 6-1-0 in their last seven meetings against Michigan State. Read More…

Top Ten MSU Women’s Basketball Players Countdown – #10

Over the years, many Spartans have demonstrated their skills on the court. In the lead-up to the women’s basketball season, Impact Sports takes a look at the top 10 women’s basketball players in Spartan history.

Taking the No. 10 spot to start is recent MSU graduate Klarissa Bell, a 5-foot-11 guard from East Lansing. With East Lansing as her hometown, it seemed only right that she attended Michigan State and made a name for herself in the Spartan history books.

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Early Season Games to Challenge Young Lady Spartans (Games 1-7)

A young Spartan women’s soccer team finished the 2013 season with a record of 9-8-2, but this season a more experienced and eager team is ready for the challenge that lies ahead of them, especially in Big Ten play.

“It’s going to be a great challenge, and I think with 14 teams now, competing not only for the Big Ten title, but eight slots in the (Big Ten) tournament, I think the ratio there might be the most difficult challenge in women’s college soccer,” head coach Tom Saxton said. “I don’t think anybody else faces that kind of set of numbers. It will be incredibly difficult and yet it will also be very rewarding to make it through to the postseason.”

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Last Leg – #9 – 7/26/14

While summer may be slow for some, MSU redshirt freshman thrower, Katelyn Daniels, has been training in East Lansing all summer and competed in the USATF Junior Championship in early July placing second in the discus and third in the shot put. This week, she is back in Eugene, Oregon preparing for the IAAF World Junior Championship on July 24-25.

Alexa McCarthy talks to the Columbus, Ohio native about the similarities between gymnastics and throwing, her recruiting journey and even Lebron James’ move back to Ohio.
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Summer Camps End, Moster Instills Love of the Game

Though in the midst of preparations for the quickly approaching 2014 season, Spartan women’s volleyball spent some time giving back and instilling the love of the game in the hearts of young girls.

All-American libero Kori Moster is one of the Spartans working this year’s summer camps.

“Really just trying to make an impact on them as a volleyball player and make them have some fun,” Moster said.

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Cetera Washington Returns to Kalamazoo as Assistant Coach for WMU

Cetera Washington’s homecoming may not be a trending topic on Twitter orreceive constant broadcast coverage or get a spread in the pages of Sports Illustrated.

But the former Michigan State and Loy Norrix High basketball standout could not be more excited to join the coaching staff of her hometown Western Michigan Broncos.

“To be able to come back home and come back to the city that supported me throughout my entire career from elementary school to middle school to high school is awesome,” Washington said.

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