Spartan Roundup: Women's basketball in middle of Big Ten season
After a short hiatus, here's your weekly Spartan roundup in case you missed anything during winter break. The football team defeated Washington State, 42-17, while the men’s basketball team fell to unranked Ohio State, 80-64.
Women’s basketball summary
From Dec. 16 to Dec. 28, the women’s basketball team was hot and won six games in a row, which included a 68-46 win over fellow Big Ten rival Indiana. However, the team slowed down and lost two of their three last games, once to Rutgers in their Big Ten home opener and once to Minnesota on Sunday. Freshman forward Sidney Cooks finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds on Sunday in the 83-77 loss to the Golden Gophers, and recorded her first collegiate double-double on the season.
Senior Branndais Agee and junior Jenna Allen have led the team in scoring at 11 a piece. Sidney Cooks is having a solid rookie start with averages of 10.3 points per game and bringing down 5 rebounds a game.
In the recent Associated Press poll, the Spartans received no votes even though they're 12-5 on the season. The team will not return to the Breslin until Jan. 20 against Indiana, as they finish their three-game road trip against Maryland Jan. 11 and Illinois on Jan. 16.
Track & Field and Cross Country have five incoming freshmen for 2019
Director of track and field and cross country Walt Drenth announced last Thursday that the program will sign four distance runners and one sprinter for the upcoming season.
The team signed Pierre Brown, Karenna Duffey, Melanie Helder, Katie Osika and Harrison Steen. All are local to the Michigan area.
Wrestling falls back-to-back to Iowa and Minnesota
The wrestling team fell to No. 7 Iowa last Friday in their conference opener and then to No. 14 Minnesota on Sunday. Javier Gasca won his 30th dual Friday night and is now tied third on the team for pins. Redshirt freshman Jake Tucker won the team’s only bout on Sunday.
The team returns home to play at Jenison Field House for the first time this season, when it faces No.1 Penn State this Sunday at 1 p.m.
Women’s gymnastics falls in season opener
MSU’s gymnastics team fell to Bowling Green at home 194.000-193.350 in their season opener on Jan. 5. Freshman Lea Mitchell led the team with a 9.700 that got her fourth place. Senior Tessa Jaranowski finished with a personal best of 9.600, which got her seventh place on the night.
The team will celebrate Alumni Night on Jan. 13 in its Big Ten opener against Iowa.