In its first Big Ten game of the season the No. 20 women's basketball team (8-4 overall, 0-1 Big Ten) was defeated by the Northwestern Wildcats (11-1 overall, 1-0 Big Ten) 61-57 on Sunday afternoon in East Lansing.
The Spartans were unable to find any rhythm shooting, ultimately shooting 29 percent on 20-of-69 shooting. MSU also turned the ball over 18 times. Northwestern didn't earn a glamorous win by any means shooting 38.3 percent on 23-of-60 shooting, turning over the ball 15 times in the process. The shooting performances were sloppy by both teams but the Wildcats did just enough to win.
The Spartans were outscored 29-22 in a low scoring first half. A second half comeback effort brought MSU to within three points, making it 54-57 with 1:47 remaining, but the Spartans ultimately fell short.
MSU was led by senior forward Becca Mills who scored 21 points on 8-of-20 shooting while also grabbing eight offensive and eight defensive rebounds for a total of 16 boards in a double-double effort. Also managing to earn a double-double was MSU redshirt sophomore forward Ariel Powers who grabbed 13 rebound and scored 10 points on 5-of-21 shooting.
Leading the way for the Wildcats was sophomore forward Nia Coffey, who scored 15 points on 7-of-17 shooting and grabbed six rebounds. The team was also powered by the play of sophomore guard Christen Inman who managed to grab eight rebounds while putting up 13 points on 6-of-13 shooting.
The Spartans continue Big Ten play on Wednesday night against the Indiana Hoosiers (10-2 overall, 0-1 Big Ten) in Bloomington.
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