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MSU advances to second round of NCAA Tournament after beating Marist, 55-47

March 23, 2013
	<p>Sophomore center Jasmine Hines shoots during the first round of the <span class="caps">NCAA</span> Tournament on Saturday, March 23, 2013, against Marist at Comcast center in College Park, Maryland. The Spartans defeated the Red Foxes, 55-47. Julia Nagy/The State News</p>

Sophomore center Jasmine Hines shoots during the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, March 23, 2013, against Marist at Comcast center in College Park, Maryland. The Spartans defeated the Red Foxes, 55-47. Julia Nagy/The State News

Photo by Julia Nagy | The State News

College Park, Md. – Forty minutes and 17 3-pointers later, the MSU women’s basketball team beat Marist, 55-47, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Marist closed the gap early in the second half with a 14-0 run, with their first six field goals coming from behind the arc.

Then the Spartans found their stroke again when a jumper from sophomore Jasmine Hines, followed by a 3-pointer from sophomore Kiana Johnson.

Three Spartans finished in double figures, led by Johnson with 16 points and junior forward Annalise Pickrel, who finished with 14 points. Senior guard Jasmine Thomas added 10 points.

Junior guard Klarissa Bell only scored 2 points, but grabbed 10 rebounds.

MSU will face off against fourth seeded Maryland at 7 p.m. Monday.

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