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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…

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…

A-Score – #1 – 3/27/14

Co-hosts Jalen Walker and Erin Eschels sit down with MSU women’s gymnastics head coach Kathie Klages, junior Alina Cartwright, and freshman Elena Lagoski on their first episode of A-Score.

This episode features gymnastics 101, a recap of the Big Ten Championships, a brief gymnastics history lesson, a preview for the NCAA Regionals, and much more!

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Spartans Lose in Road Matchup against Western Michigan

In a close contest, MSU gymnastics lost to the Western Michigan Broncos Friday night.

Western Michigan scored a season-high 195.00 to defeat the Michigan State Spartans, who had a score of 194.775. Even though this was another loss for Michigan State, this was their highest score of the season.

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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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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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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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Spartans Fall to Rival Michigan in First Away Meet

The Michigan State gymnastics team is still in search of their first victory after Friday night’s effort against No. 4 Michigan. This was the team’s first away meet of the season. The final score of the meet was 196.800 – 193.900 and was a 1.15 increase from the Spartan’s previous meet.

The Spartans started out on the uneven bars for the first time this season. It turned out to be to MSU’s advantage as they posted a 48.675, which was their highest score of the season. Spartan Lisa Burt led the event with a season-high 9.8. Also, Ashley Noll posted her career high score of 9.750 and Michigan’s Joanna Sampson won the event with a 9.975.

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Spartan Gymnastics Falls to Penn State

MSU welcomed Penn State to Jenison Field House on Saturday afternoon. The Nittany Lions dominated as a team with a score of 194.825-192.750. MSU is now 0-3 on the season and Penn State is 7-1.

Led by senior Kassidy Stauder, the Nittany Lions won all events except the floor and all-around. Five of the top seven performers on the bars were from PSU. Although Penn State got the victory, head coach Jeff Thompson was displeased. For the third time this season there were two falls from the beam. Thompson was also surprised by the Spartans’ performance.

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No. 25 Spartans Fall in Close Battle to Pittsburgh

The MSU gymnastics team fell in another close battle versus Pittsburgh Saturday afternoon with a score of 193.025 – 192.525.

The Spartans were missing a major piece not having Alina Cartwright in the rotation for the meet. Cartwright led the Spartans and head coach Kathy Klages shared that it was to be a precautionary decision regarding a neck injury.

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Spartans Open 2014, Lose Victory Plank to No. 16 Illinois

The ‘Victory Plank’ will not be coming to East Lansing for a fourth straight year.

The Spartans fell to the Fighting Illini of the University of Illinois in their home opener Friday night. With a strong start from the Spartans and close competition throughout the night, the meet came down to the wire. In the end, the Illini edged the Spartans by a final score of 195.352 – 194.150.

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