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.
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.
The Michigan State Spartans (12-7, 4-2) were defeated by the Illinois Fighting Illini (9-10, 2-4) Thursday night, 61-51. This is the Spartans’ second loss in a row. Although MSU had a disappointing night against Illinois, there was a player that managed to make her presence known.
Junior forward Becca Mills started the game off for the Spartans with their first seven points in the first four minutes of the game. Mills finished with 17 points, four rebounds and 5-5 from the free throw line. Mills’ points allowed her to be tied for the most in a Big Ten game this season.
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.
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.”
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…
Center Madison Williams feels motivated when people that do not know the game recognize her difference on the floor.
But her focus is to get back into shape.
“I’m embarrassed that I’m so tired,” Williams said. Read More…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
With a Big Ten Player of the Week award under their belt and a great win on Sunday night against the Dayton Flyers, the Spartans took on the University of Detroit Titans. The Spartans won 80-41 with a lot of help from the bench. Read More…
Coming off a great win on Thursday, the Spartan ladies came out ready to take on another victory. The Dayton Flyers were a tough opponent, but the Spartan women won 96-89 in a Sunday afternoon game.
The Spartans started off a little weak with Dayton scoring high in the start of the game, but started to work the defense. Read More…
In their 2013-14 season home opener, Michigan State destroyed Canisius College, defeating the Golden Griffins 102-54 on Thursday night.
Coming off a loss to Notre Dame, the Lady Spartans were eager to play on their home court.
Last week in the first exhibition game, Spartan head coach Suzy Merchant said she wanted to play her freshman and allow them to get experience and time on the court. And tonight, coach Merchant did just that.
Freshmen on the Michigan State Women’s Basketball team have been showcasing their talent in the past two games, and Branndais Agee is no exception. Read More…
Aerial Powers played in her first game and gave fans a taste of what to expect this season.
Wednesday was the first game of the season for the Lady Spartans, in an exhibition game against Ferris State University. The two have not played against each other since 2006 when FSU lost to MSU 68-47. Read More…
Freshman Tori Jankoska led the Spartans to victory on Wednesday, in the opening exhibition game against Ferris State 100-54 win.
The Spartans started off aggressively with back-to-back scoring in the first half. Senior Annalise Pickrel was open for multiple 3-pointers, scoring a total of 18 points. Read More…