Women’s Sports

The Pact – #18 – 2/18/14

This week on The Pact, the panel shifts their attention away from men’s basketball and on to the women’s basketball squad. Fino, Faith and Harry dissect the Spartans’ season thus far and look ahead to the team’s next few games against Wisconsin and Minnesota.

In the second portion of the show, Fino moderates as Lou and Austin analyze the USA men’s hockey team and their chances in the Olympic tournament. The three panelists debate styles of play and give predictions on how the tournament will shake out.
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Spartans Soar past Buckeyes

The Spartans hosted the Ohio State Buckeyes Saturday afternoon where they won 70-49.

The Breslin Center was filled with pink in support of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. With a crowd of over 10,600, the largest of the season, the game held a high level of energy all night.

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Women’s Basketball Gallery: Ohio State vs. MSU

The Spartans hosted the Ohio State Buckeyes Saturday afternoon where they won 70-49. The Breslin Center was filled with pink in support of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. With a crowd of over 10,600, which is the largest of the season, the game held a high level of energy all night.

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Hearing from the Coaches

Track and field is a big sport. Along with head coach Walt Drenth there are five other coaches that assist in each specific event. Before the meet this weekend, I talked with Ceith Creekmur the multi-events/vertical jumps coach and Randy Gillon the sprints and hurdles coach. I talked with each of them about how they are feeling about their athletes’ performance in the season so far and the Big Ten Indoor Championship which is two weeks away.

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Pool Time – #18 – 02/14/14

It’s all about the Big Ten on this edition of Pool Time as championship week approaches for the women’s swimming and diving team. Host Max King previews the Big Ten Championship meet next week in Minneapolis, Minn.

Coach Matt Gianiodis says how his team is feeling days away from the biggest meet of the year, while freshman Sarah Love and senior Marcella Kupraszewicz share their perspectives on entering their first and last Big Ten championship meet.

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Men’s Ultimate Plays Hurt in Charlotte, Has Car Accidents on Way Home

The Michigan State men’s ultimate frisbee team, better known as The Burning Couch traveled to Charlotte, N.C., last weekend to play in their first tournament of the spring semester. While MSU hoped the tournament would prove a prime opportunity to face the nation’s top competition in ultimate frisbee, the injury-ridden team faced many roadblocks along the way and along the way back too.

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MSU Looks to Capture Season Series against Ohio State

Saturday evening No. 25 MSU will be hosting the Ohio State Buckeyes. In the last meeting between the conference rivals the Spartans won 82-68.

In the Spartans last game they lost to No.22 Nebraska, 76-56. Aerial Powers led the team with 17 points and seven rebounds. MSU shot 39.3 percent (22-of-56) in that the game, which is below their season average of 45 percent.

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Last Leg — #2 — 2/12/14

Have you ever wondered how to do the weight throw? Or what throwing athletes are like? Well, even if you didn’t, show host Alexa McCarthy gets some insight on the throwing events portion of track and field.

In part one of a two-part series, she talks with new throws coach Blaine Maag about what his plans are for the MSU throwers. She also talks with Antonio James who is ranked No. 3 in the NCAA for the weight throw. Hear about how he got started in the sport and some of his past and present pre-meet rituals.

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Tori Franklin Awarded Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week

After her third Big Ten Athlete of the Week award, you would think Michigan State junior Tori Franklin would be unphased by the attention. But this is the girl who received her first award after only her first meet as a Spartan.

Announced on Monday, Franklin was named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week after her record-breaking performance at this past weekend’s Meyo Invite. She broke her own school record in the triple jump with a mark of 13.39m 43-11 ¼.

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Track and Field Break Records at Meyo Invite

As MSU head coach Walt Drenth said, the team’s goal each week is, “simply choosing to compete.”

With three records broken and a slew of great performances, the Michigan State track and field team was nothing short of true competitors this weekend at the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational.

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Spartans Remain on the Road to Take on No. 22 Cornhuskers

The No. 24 Spartans are looking to win their sixth-straight Big Ten road game in Lincoln, Neb. against the No. 22 Cornhuskers tomorrow.

When the teams last met on Jan. 9 in East Lansing, the Spartans never trailed and won the game 70-57. They were able to hold the Huskers to season lows in points and field goal percentage (30.8 percent).

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The First Victory in Jenison since 2012

MSU hosted the Iowa Hawkeyes on Friday night for the eighth annual Jan Howard Breast Cancer Awareness Meet. Jenison Field House was filled with fans wearing pink to show their support. Reaching over 900 fans in attendance, this was a season high for MSU gymnastics.

“It was awesome to have so many fans sitting in the crowd in pink,” MSU coach Kathie Klages said. “It just warms my heart to see that many people out to support this cause.”

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Pool Time – #17 – 02/07/14

It’s Michigan weekend for the swimming and diving team as they travel to Ann Arbor to take on the No. 2 men’s swim team in the country and the No. 20 women’s team. The women also travel to Toledo to end the regular season on Saturday. Hear from coaches Matt Gianiodis and Michael Hulme as well as senior Bryan Williams.

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Spartans Head to South Bend for Meyo Invite

After an unexpected cancellation of last weekend’s meet, the Spartans are ready for some competition. MSU’s track and field team will head back to South Bend, Ind. this weekend for the Meyo Invitational. The competition will start on Friday, Feb. 7 and will continue on Saturday, Feb. 8.

“This is a big invitational as far as the country is concerned.” MSU head coach Walt Drenth said. “This is a good test of where we stand, as far as our [team members] in the national rankings and also the people we think can score in the Big Ten and to see some elite competition.”

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Spartans Stay Undefeated on the Road

After their 69-53 victory over Illinois on Wednesday, the No. 24 Michigan State Spartans have won their first five Big Ten road games for the first time in program history.

Junior Becca Mills led MSU with a career-high 22 points and also set a career-high for free throws made, going 8-8. Read More…

Spartans Hit the Road in Hopes to Defeat the Fighting Illini

The No. 24 Spartans will head to Champaign, Ill. to face the Fighting Illini for the second time this season. MSU lost 61-51 when they last met in East Lansing two weeks ago. The Spartans have not lost a Big Ten road game so far and are 7-2 in conference play.

Forward Becca Mills led the Spartans with 17 points in the teams’ last meeting Jan. 23.

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Season-High Points for Hines against Purdue

Junior Jasmine Hines’ change in mindset led to her scoring a season-high against the No. 19 Purdue Boilermakers. The Spartans beat Purdue 89-73.

Hines scored 16 points and collected six rebounds. Redshirt freshman Ariel Powers scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, leading MSU to victory.

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Lady Spartans Get Revenge on No. 19 Purdue

The Spartans avenged themselves in their 89-73 win against No. 19 Purdue. Five of MSU’s players scored in double digits for the second straight game.

Junior Jasmine Hines came off of the bench and went 8-13 from the field. Hines had a season-high of 16 points and also added six rebounds.

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