Merchantaries

Women’s Basketball Routs Alcorn State

The now No. 18 Spartans returned home, after a successful road win, to take on the Alcorn State Braves on Tuesday night.

Starting for the Spartans were Tori Jankoska, Jasmine Lumpkin, Aerial Powers, Anna Morrissey and Becca Mills.

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Women’s Basketball Cruises on the Road Over Loyola

The Spartans dominated with a 90-38 road win over the Loyola Ramblers Sunday evening.

The Spartans opened a big lead early in the first half and the Ramblers could not stop the Spartan drive. With less than five minutes left in the first half the Spartans had already managed a 37-11 lead. Read More…

Women’s Basketball Defeats Georgia Tech in Overtime

The Spartans took on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Thursday evening as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Starting for the Spartans was Tori Jankoska, Jasmine Lumpkin, Aerial Powers, Anna Morrissey and Becca Mills.

Jankoska led the team with 21 points, followed by Powers who recorded her sixth double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds.  Center Jasmine Hines also scored 16 points. Read More…

Spartans Feast On Grizzlies

While just about everybody had packed up and left campus for the Thanksgiving holiday, the No. 16 Michigan State women’s basketball team stuck around for their game against Oakland University.  The Spartans handled the Grizzlies with ease, winning 79-64.

Aerial Powers and Tori Jankoska led the way for the Spartans. Powers, in another dominant performance, shot 9-19 from the field, finishing with 24 points along with 16 rebounds. Jankoska added 19 points, five rebounds and five assists for MSU. Read More…

Six Sign Letters of Intent for Women’s Basketball

Last Wednesday, MSU women’s basketball head coach Suzy Merchant announced that she had six recruits sign letters of intent for next year.

Jenna Allen (East Bedford, Ind.), Octavia Barnes (Jackson, Miss.), Victoria Gaines (Merrillville, Ind.), Kalabrya Gondrezick (Benton Harbor, Mich.), Morgan Green (San Jose, Calif.) and Hana Vesela (Priobor, Czech Republic) will all be joining the Spartan family starting in the 2015-2016 season. Read More…

The Determination of Aerial Powers

The first time I remember seeing Aerial Powers, I was in the 10th grade at Detroit Country Day.  It was Field Day.

At Country Day, one of the biggest Field Day events was the slam-dunk contest. One representative from each class would compete, and it would get LIVE. Read More…

Women’s Basketball Bounces Back With Victory Over IUPUI

Sunday evening, the Spartans took on the IUPUI Jaguars at the Breslin Center. The Spartans defeated the Jaguars 64-45.

The Spartans were coming off a tough home loss from the No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish and were looking to bounce back with a win.

The Spartans started Tori Jankoska, Aerial Powers, Jasmine Lumpkin, Anna Morrissey and Becca Mills. Read More…

Women’s Basketball Falls to No. 3 Notre Dame

The No. 15 Michigan State women’s basketball team welcomed the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to the Breslin Center Wednesday night. It was clear to see the crowd’s focus was seeing how the Spartans would stand up to standout freshman Brianna Turner and the rest of the No. 3 Fighting Irish.

The game was intense from the tip-off. Notre Dame got out to a 10-5 lead, but MSU fought back to gain a 12-10 lead over the Irish. As MSU claimed an early lead, there was a collective sense between Spartan and Irish fans in the crowd that they would be in store for a good game. 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Top MSU Women’s Basketball Players of All Time: No. 2

Noted as being one of the top shooters in Big Ten history, Lindsay Bowen takes our No. 2 spot on the list.

Bowen entered MSU in 2002 with many accomplishments already under her belt. She was named first team All-State by the Detroit News three times, the Detroit Free Press twice, captain of her softball team senior year, and a national society member who graduated eighth in her class. It was only right that she continue this practice of greatness while at Michigan State. Read More…

Top MSU Women’s Basketball Players of All Time: No. 3

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. 3.

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Top MSU Women’s Basketball Players of All Time: No. 4

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. 4.

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Top MSU Women’s Basketball Players of All Time: No. 5

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. 5.

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Top MSU Women’s Basketball Players of All Time: No. 6

Kristin Haynie takes the No. 6 place in the countdown for the best women’s basketball Spartans of all-time. She makes our list for being one of the most successful players in the history of MSU women’s basketball.

The 5-foot-8 guard from Mason, Mich., started her career at MSU in 2001. During her senior year, Haynie and the Spartans had a great season. The team had 33 wins and only four losses during the regular season. The Spartans also made MSU history by making their first appearance in a national championship.

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