MSU WBB announces 2021 schedule


MSU guard Nia Clouden shoots a free throw during a game/ Photo Credit: MSU Athletic Communications

Nathan Stearns, Sports Broadcast Director

EAST LANSING— The 2021 Michigan State women’s basketball schedule has been announced.

The Spartans are set to open up the season at home against Morehead State, a team they beat 93-48 on Dec. 15, 2019. They will then host Niagara on Nov. 14, Valparaiso on Nov. 16 and Bryant on Nov. 19 before traveling to New York to take on Fordham on Nov. 21.

The rest of MSU’s schedule can be found below (away games are in bold and neutral site games are in italics):

Nov. 23: @St. Francis Brooklyn

Nov. 26: @Oakland

Nov. 28: vs. Marshall

Dec. 2: vs. Notre Dame

Dec. 5: @Iowa

Dec. 9: vs. Illinois

Dec. 20: @Florida Gulf Coast (West Palm Beach Invitational)

Dec. 21: @West Virginia         (West Palm Beach Invitational)

Dec. 30: vs. Nebraska

Dec. 31 vs. Nebraska

Jan. 3: @Northwestern

Jan. 9: vs. Purdue

Jan. 12: @Ohio State

Jan. 19: @Indiana

Jan. 23: vs. Minnesota

Jan. 27: @Penn State

Jan. 30: @Rutgers

Feb. 3: @Maryland

Feb. 10: vs. Michigan

Feb. 13 @Wisconsin

Feb. 24: @Michigan

Feb. 20: vs. Ohio State

The Spartans are coming off a 15-9 season that saw them earn a berth in the 2021 NCAA Tournament before falling to Iowa State 79-75 in the Round of 64. First-team All-Big Ten guard Nia Clouden, as well as guards Moira Joiner and Alyza Winston and forwards Julia Ayrault, Taiyier Parks, Tory Ozment and Alisa Smith are set to return for the 2021 season. Michigan State will square off against eight teams that made the NCAA tournament a season ago, including Indiana, Michigan, Northwestern, Maryland, Rutgers and Iowa.

In addition, MSU is welcoming in five newcomers, including five-star freshman Detroit guard Deedee Hagemann and Purdue graduate transfer Tamara Farquhar.  During her four seasons at Purdue, Farquhar started in 89 games and established herself as a ferocious rebounder and post defender. She averaged 6.5 points and 6.1 rebounds a game in 2020-21 while starting in all 23 games for the Boilermakers.

No start times have been announced for the scheduled 2021 games.