Big Ten Women’s Basketball

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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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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Spartans to Play Georgia Tech in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

The ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchups were announced for the 2014 women’s basketball season last month, and the Spartans will take on Georgia Tech at home in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

The game will take place December 4, 2014 and will be their second time meeting in program history and the second time in the Challenge.

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Spartans NCAA Tournament Journey Ends Tuesday Night

After getting through the first round in the NCAA Tournament, the Lady Spartans were in Chapel Hill, N.C. Tuesday night to take on the No. 4 North Carolina Tar Heels.

The Spartans fell to the Tar Heels 62-53 and will not be advancing in the tournament. MSU head coach Suzy Merchant said how difficult this game was compared to others.

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Merchantaries – #4 – 3/25/14

Jennifer Aldridge, host of Merchantaries, welcomes her co-host Sierra Williams for a special NCAA Tournament episode.

Together they break down the Lady Spartans’ first game in the the NCAA Tournament as well as their predictions and opinions on the rest of the Tournament.

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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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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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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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Jankoska Earns Big Ten Weekly Awards

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.

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Spartans Return Home to Host the Gophers

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.

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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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Spartans Back on Road to Take on Buckeyes

After back-to-back losses at home, the Michigan State Spartans (12-7, 4-2) go back on the road to play Ohio State (13-9, 3-3).

The Spartans’ last meeting with Ohio State ended in a 67-60 loss.  They have not beaten the Buckeyes since February 21, 2010.

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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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