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FINAL: MSU women's basketball rides dominant second half at Wisconsin to snap losing skid

February 8, 2023

Michigan State women’s basketball ran away with the lead late against Wisconsin on the road Wednesday night to take the game 88-63.

The game was tied at the half, but MSU outscored the Badgers 52-27 in the second half behind spectacular nights from graduate student guard Kamaria McDaniel and senior forward Taiyier Parks. A win was desperately needed for the green and white after a brutal three-game losing skid.

It was an extremely slow start for the Spartans on Wednesday night, who again were coached by Dean Lockwood while Suzy Merchant recovers from her medical incident. The beginning of the game was full of turnovers and missed shots, but McDaniel was a bright spot in the Spartans less than spectacular first quarter, sinking the two 3-pointers she shot from the perimeter.

With one minute left in the first quarter, freshman guard Theryn Hallock helped breathe a little life into the flat ten minutes.

Senior guard Moira Joiner, who lead the team on Sunday against Michigan, got her first points two minutes into the second quarter with a layup in the paint.

Halfway through quarter two, Parks drove to the net to make a layup and draw a foul to bring the Spartans on a 7-0 scoring run and within one point, but it was yet another 3-pointer from McDaniel that put the Spartans back on top

A beautiful reverse layup from Joiner was the cherry on top of a nice second quarter of scoring for the Spartans, but a 3-pointer from Wisconsin senior guard Julie Pospisilova tied the game at 36 before both teams made their way to the locker rooms for halftime.

Sophomore guard DeeDee Hagemann started off the second half with a bang, sinking a 3-pointer, getting a steal, and hitting the layup in transition to get the ball rolling for the Spartans.

It was layup after layup on both sides of the floor in the third quarter keeping the game at a tied gridlock.

With three minutes left in the quarter, senior guard/forward Tory Ozment stripped Wisconsin of the ball and made her way down the floor all by herself to make an easy layup for the Spartans.

The Spartans found their rhythm in the third quarter, never looked back and were able to move into the fourth leading 58-54.

With six minutes left in the exciting game, Joiner hit her first 3-pointer to send Michigan State on an 11-0 run — allowing them to really start to pull away with the lead late in the final quarter.

Parks continued to dominate in the paint in the final quarter, making layup after layup and setting a new career-high of 20 points against the Badgers.

With 58 seconds left on the clock, McDaniel sank yet another 3-pointer to get her season-high 29th point of the incredible night.

The Spartans will travel back home to take on Penn State Feb. 12 at 3 p.m. in the Breslin Center.

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