Annalise Pickrel

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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Spartans Awarded No. 5 Seed in NCAA Tournament

The madness of March ensues in men’s and women’s basketball.

MSU is back for a sixth-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The No. 5 seed women’s basketball team was placed in the Stanford region, and their appearance marks the 14th showing in program history.

They will be facing No. 12 seed Hampton (28-4), the MEAC tournament champions. The Pirates have won their last 18 games. Freshman guard, Malia Tate-DeFreitas, who averages 18.5 points per game, leads them.

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Women’s Basketball Recognizes Players at Annual Banquet

With a Big Ten Championship under their belt and a NCAA tournament run on the horizon, the Michigan State women’s basketball team took time to celebrate and have a little fun.

The team held its annual banquet at the Breslin Center to honor its players and to celebrate their Big Ten Championship.

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Spartans Head to Semi Finals of Big Ten Tournament

With the regular season over and a Big Ten championship title under their belt, the No. 2 seed Michigan State Spartans headed to Indianapolis, Ind. to start the tournament.

The Spartans first game of the tournament was played against, No. 7 seed Michigan. The Spartans beat Michigan 61-58 and are now headed to the semi finals.

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Michigan State Clinches Big Ten Title on Senior Night

On Sunday, the No. 21 Michigan State Spartans made history.

They conquered the Indiana Hoosiers, 76-56, to clinch the Big Ten Title for the fourth time in school history. They share first place with No. 8 Penn State.

The game started off going back-and-forth as Aerial Powers scored the first points of the game hitting a jumper from the wing. MSU led with 11:29 to go in the first half, but the score was close, 14-12.

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Lady Spartans Play with Big Ten Title on the Line

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).

Along with this being the final game of the season, it is also the swan song for seniors Annalise Pickrel and Klarissa Bell. Both will be honored after the game Sunday night.

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A Victory for Spartans in Last Road Game of Season

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.

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Spartans Head to Northwestern for Their Last Road Game

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.

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Spartans Hold off the Badgers

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.

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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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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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Lady Spartans Slide past the Badgers

Five Spartans scored in double digits in their 71-67 win against Wisconsin on Thursday. They are now 6-2 in conference play and remain in second place in the Big Ten.

Guard Kiana Johnson, who missed the last game due to personal issues, came off of the bench and contributed 11 points, four assists and one block. In the last two games she played, she was 2-20 from the field. Tonight she was 4-8.

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Lady Spartans Bounce Back

After losing two straight games, the Spartans found their way back to winning, defeating the Ohio State Buckeyes, 82-68. MSU has won their first four Big Ten road games for the second time in program history.

Freshman Tori Jankoska led MSU and also tied her season-high with 25 points. Fifteen of those points came from three-pointers. She only missed twice from behind the arc.

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The Spartans Fall Flat to the Fighting Illini

Flat.

That is how Michigan State head coach Suzy Merchant described the game against Illinois. The Spartans suffered their second conference loss, 61-51, against Illinois.

“From the get-go, from warm-ups, it just was evident that there just wasn’t a lot of effort and passion going on right there,” Merchant said.

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Captain Pickrel

The Spartans experienced their first conference loss of the season against the Penn State Lady Lions on Sunday, 66-54. Captain Annalise Pickrel said it was a wake up call.

“The Big Ten is not a sprint. It’s a marathon,” Pickrel said.

“I think we were sitting a little high from the last couple games, so this is sort of a wake-up as to how the Big Ten really is.”

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Penn State Breaks MSU’s Big Ten Undefeated Streak

Michigan State entered the game against Penn State as No. 1 in the Big Ten standings. But Penn State was a great competitor and knocked the Spartans off their top spot, 66-54. The Spartans are now 4-1 in the Big Ten Conference.

The top scorers for the game were Annalise Pickrel with 17 followed by Klarissa Bell and Aerial Powers with 12. Powers also led the team with 10 rebounds. Powers’ rebounds were not enough however. Read More…

Powers and Pickrel Earn Big Ten Weekly Awards

Redshirt freshman Aerial Powers was awarded Big Ten freshman of the week for the third time this season Monday afternoon. Senior Annalise Pickrel was also awarded as one of the three players to be recognized on the conference’s player of the week honor roll.

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22 of 24: Spartans Defeat Wolverines Once Again

The Spartan women’s basketball team traveled to Ann Arbor, Mich., Sunday to play their in-state rival, the University of Michigan Wolverines, in the teams’ only matchup of the season.

The Spartans beat the Wolverines, 79-72 and now start their Big Ten schedule 3-0 for the third time in the last four years.

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Picking through the Corn Field

After the win against Colgate University on Dec. 29, Aerial Powers said she was working on improving her rebounding. Against Nebraska, she did just that in the Spartans’ upset of the No. 16 Cornhuskers, 70-57.

Powers recorded her 4th fourth double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds. She also had five fouls and four turnovers.

“Even if I mess up, I don’t focus too much on that, I focus on doing everything right,” Powers said. Read More…

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