It might have been more challenging than they were expecting, but the Spartans pulled out a much-needed 54-45 win against Northwestern at home Wednesday night.
The MSU women’s basketball team overcame a 10-point first half deficit and poor shooting start to earn a win in a matchup they couldn’t afford to drop. With three games remaining in the regular season and positioning in the Big Ten to jockey for, a home loss to the lowly Wildcats (12-14 overall, 4-9 Big Ten) could have been detrimental.
Sophomore forward Becca Mills, who rejoined the starting lineup, had a game-high 15 points to lead the Spartans (20-6, 8-5), while it was senior guard Jasmine Thomas who filled the stat sheet with 10 points, six rebounds, three steals and three blocks.
After entering halftime with a two-point advantage, MSU pulled away from the Wildcats via a 16-2 run midway through the second half that included eight consecutive points from junior forward Annalise Pickrel and put the Spartans up 48-35 with 4:12 left to play.
From there, MSU never lead by less than seven points and four free throws from guards Kiana Johnson,