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MSU women's basketball starter Matilda Ekh enters transfer portal

March 22, 2023
<p>Ekh (11) squeezes past Purdue&#x27;s junior guard Jeanae Terry (10) in the Spartans&#x27; first B1G matchup against the Boilermakers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. March 3, 2022.</p>

Ekh (11) squeezes past Purdue's junior guard Jeanae Terry (10) in the Spartans' first B1G matchup against the Boilermakers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. March 3, 2022.

Michigan State women’s basketball will likely be without one of its top players as it begins a new era.

Sophomore guard/forward Matilda Ekh entered her name into the transfer portal Wednesday, first reported by the Lansing State Journal and confirmed to The State News by a team spokesperson. 

The move comes nine days after Michigan State’s legendary head women's basketball coach Suzy Merchant stepped down from the position she held for 16 years. A national coaching search is currently underway, with associate head coach Dean Lockwood serving as the interim head coach. 

Ekh, a two-time All-Big Ten honorable mention, was slated to join MSU for the 2020-21 season, though the Swede was forced to stay the year in her hometown of Västerås due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. 

Once finally arriving in East Lansing, she was immediately thrusted into the starting lineup as a freshman, where she averaged 11.8 points per game and was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team. Ekh repeated her 11.8 points per game this past season on nearly seven less minutes per game and was consistently one of the top 3-point shooters in the conference over her two seasons with the Spartans. 

With many graduating seniors and a new head coach on the way, Ekh’s departure from Michigan State could be the first domino to fall and kickstart a roster that could see many new faces.

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