MSU Women’s Basketball

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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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…

Back Strong After Christmas Break

Defense led the MSU women’s basketball team to a 50-point win over the Colgate Raiders on Sunday, Dec. 29 at the Breslin Center.

Tori Jankoska overcame her slump and led MSU with 25 points. Seventeen of her points were scored in the first half. All but one player on the Spartan roster scored at least one point. The team shot 50 percent from the field. Read More…

Freshman Agee Shows Promise

Freshmen of on the Michigan State Women’s Basketball team have been showing their talent in the past two season games. Redshirted freshman Branndais Agee is no exception.

The Spartans entered following a great win last week against Ferris State. And tonight they did it again, beating Grand Valley 91-47. The game started off slow for the Spartans, but they picked it up and came out on top. Read More…

After Loss to Cowgirls, Spartans Look Ahead To Hoyas

The Spartans, coming off a 63-57 loss against Oklahoma State, are ready to take on Georgetown for the second time in team history in their last matchup of the 2013 Puerto Rico Classic.

Head coach Suzy Merchant is looking for more offensive play out of her team, but she is not dwelling on yesterday’s loss.

“We gotta get after it, we can’t cry about this one, learn from it and move on,” Merchant said. Read More…

Spartans Travel to Puerto Rico, Take on 8-0 Cowgirls

Escaping the cold of Michigan, the Spartans play their first matchup of the 2013 Puerto Rico Classic in San Juan against No. 13 Oklahoma State at 2 p.m. today.

Coming off of an 80-62 win against Oakland University, the Spartans are hoping to break the 2-2 all-time series tie against the Cowgirls.

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Spartans Defeat Grizzlies for Sixth Straight Time

Although they started off sluggish, the Michigan State Spartans rallied to defeat the Oakland Grizzlies on Sunday at the Breslin Center.

Freshman, Aerial Powers, led the Spartans with a double-double, 21 points and 11 rebounds, which was her third double-double in the last four games. Annalise Pickrel scored 20 points and tied her career high with five 3-pointers. Read More…

No. 25 Spartans Travel to Blacksburg to Continue Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Michigan State continues the Big Ten/ACC Challenge with a trip to Blacksburg, Va., for the first time in program history, to play the 6-2 Hokies. This will be the fourth meeting between the two programs.

It also marks the second consecutive ACC opponent the Spartans will take on away from the Breslin Center. Read More…

MSU Drops to IPFW

The Spartans opened up December at home playing the IPFW Mastodons. MSU entered Sunday afternoon’s game with a five-game winning streak as well. But in the end, IPFW gave the Spartans a great fight and were ready to break the winning streak, as the Spartans lost 81-76.

“I think we kind of overlooked the team” redshirt freshman Aerial Powers said. Read More…

Spartans’ WILLiams

After pushing through a sluggish start, the Spartans defeated Rice 81-68 Saturday night The Spartans struggled in the first half after forward Annalise Pickrel was taken out of the game for picking up two early fouls. Shortly after Pickrel left the court,  center Madison Williams made an appearance after missing all but three games in her three years at Michigan State due to an ACL injury.

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