Similar to the Spartans’ previous road game – a one-point loss to Michigan – senior guard Jasmine Thomas did everything in her power to will MSU to victory tonight at Ohio State.
Unfortunately for the MSU women’s basketball team, the result also was similar on Monday night as the Spartans lost 67-60 to the Buckeyes.
Thomas, a captain, finished with four assists and a team-high 16 points that included a span of six-straight in the final two minutes as the Spartans tried to come from behind on the road. Forwards Becca Mills, a sophomore, and junior Annalise Pickrel had matching stat lines of 11 points and six rebounds for MSU (20-7 overall, 8-6 Big Ten) in the loss.
Thomas’ layup with 38 seconds remaining put the Ohio State (15-12, 5-9) lead at three, the closest the Spartans cut into the margin in the second half.
Down 63-60, MSU sent the Big Ten’s leading scorer to the line, Ohio State guard Tayler Hill, who sunk the pair of free throws.
Three different Spartans got off shot attempts on MSU’s next possession, but none of them fell. Ohio State eventually secured the rebound and found a wide open Hill streaking down the court for a breakaway layup to seal it.
MSU never led at any point after the game’s opening six minutes and committed 19 turnovers that led to 25 Buckeye points.
The Spartans conclude the regular season with a trip to No. 25 Purdue on Thursday and a home date with Wisconsin on March 3.