Ypsilanti, Mich. — After a scorching hot shooting performance in the season opener, the MSU women’s basketball team (1-0) cooled off toward the end of the first half against Eastern Michigan (1-0) and the Eagles capitalized, tying the game at 28 at halftime.
The game went back-and-forth for most of the opening session, with seven ties and five lead changes, but the Eagles closed the half on a 13-6 run to pull even before the break.
Junior guard Klarissa Bell led the way for MSU, scoring seven points and grabbing three rebounds, and junior forward Annalise Pickrel added six points.
The Spartans made their first four 3-point attempts to gain an early lead, with each basket coming from a different player.
A layup by Bell gave MSU a 9-4 lead at the first media timeout, but the Eagles would comeback to tie the game at 13 about four minutes later.
MSU responded with a 8-2 run, capped off by a 3-pointer from senior guard Jasmine Thomas to take a 22-15 lead, the Spartans’ largest lead of the first half.
Thomas finished the half with five points, five assists and three rebounds, while sophomore forward Becca Mills also scored five points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.