Suzy Merchant

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 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 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…

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…

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…

Cetera Washington Returns to Kalamazoo as Assistant Coach for WMU

Cetera Washington’s homecoming may not be a trending topic on Twitter orreceive constant broadcast coverage or get a spread in the pages of Sports Illustrated.

But the former Michigan State and Loy Norrix High basketball standout could not be more excited to join the coaching staff of her hometown Western Michigan Broncos.

“To be able to come back home and come back to the city that supported me throughout my entire career from elementary school to middle school to high school is awesome,” Washington said.

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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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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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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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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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Lady Spartans Get Revenge on No. 19 Purdue

The Spartans avenged themselves in their 89-73 win against No. 19 Purdue. Five of MSU’s players scored in double digits for the second straight game.

Junior Jasmine Hines came off of the bench and went 8-13 from the field. Hines had a season-high of 16 points and also added six rebounds.

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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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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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