After a great road win against Northwestern, the Michigan State Spartans (20-8, 12-3) return back home to take on Indiana (18-10, 5-10).
With the regular season coming to an end, the Lady Spartans are having a busy week. With three games this week the Spartans are off to a great start. Coming off of a great win at home against Minnesota, they headed to Evanston, Ill. to take on Northwestern.
In the Thursday night game, the Spartans took home a 75-44 victory over Northwestern. This was the Spartans last road game of the season. With this win, the Spartans are now 12-3 in the Big Ten. They are now tied with No. 17 Nebraska and No. 11 Penn State for first in the Big Ten, and they have only one game left to try and break the tie.
As the regular season nears its end, the No. 21 Michigan State Spartans travel to Northwestern in hopes of winning their final road game.
Michigan State is coming off of a 75-61 win over Minnesota and Northwestern is on a six-game losing streak after losing to Ohio State, 71-62.
Compared to men’s basketball, women’s basketball often gets less attention and less fans in the arena. Though smaller in number, the women’s team has picked up some very dedicated fans. One of them is Stephanie Russell.
At every home game for the Spartans, Russell is the one standout voice that you can hear throughout the entire game.
Michigan State guard Tori Jankoska earned Big Ten weekly awards for the first time on Tuesday. She was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week and was also among three players who were named to the Big Ten Player of the Week Honor Roll.
In the last two wins against Wisconsin (76-66) and Minnesota (75-61), Jankoska averaged 17.5 points, six assists and 2.5 steals. She has been very efficient as well, only turning the ball over three times in 77 minutes of play.
The newly ranked No. 21 Michigan State Spartans welcomed the visiting Minnesota Gophers to the Breslin Center Monday night. The Spartans walked away with a 75-61 victory for their twelfth victory at home.
Michigan State is on a role the past few games and it looks like that streak may continue.
The No. 23 Michigan State Spartans (18-8, 10-3) return home to host the Minnesota Gophers (17-10, 6-7) on Monday.
Jennifer Aldridge, host of Merchantaries, records the first podcast of the MSU women’s basketball season. She discusses key highlights from the season thus far and a forecast of how the rest of the season should go.
Michigan State defeated Wisconsin, 76-66, for the sixth-straight time, putting them a game and a half behind first place Penn State in the Big Ten standings. The No. 23 Spartans are now 18-8 overall and 10-3 in conference play.
The offense was balanced with six Spartans scoring in double digits. Becca Mills led the team with 15 points. Tori Jankoska followed with 14 points along with season-highs of seven assists and five steals. Aerial Powers added 13 points and eight rebounds. Annalise Pickrel scored 12 points and Jasmine Hines and Brandais Agee came off the bench scoring 10 points each.
The Lady Spartans played in their annual pink game for breast cancer awareness Saturday night. After coming off a dominating win against Ohio State, 70-49, No. 23 Michigan State (17-8, 9-3) heads to Madison, Wis. to play Wisconsin (10-15, 3-10).
There are only two weeks left in the Big Ten regular season, before the Big Ten Tournament. Currently the MSU women’s basketball team is tied for second with Nebraska at 9-3, with only four games left to play. Penn State leads the Big Ten with an 11-2 conference record.
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.
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.
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.
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).
The Spartans defeated Illinois 69-53 on Wednesday evening in Champaign, Ill. Before the game, MSU announced some shocking news.
Prior to tip-off, it was announced that junior guard, Kiana Johnson had been suspended. There has been no further comment or statement from the team besides the official statement.
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.
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.
“It gives me more confidence going into our next game,” Hines said. Read More…