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Following their 74-60 victory against Belmont University on Friday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, No. 4-seeded MSU was defeated by No. 5-seed Mississippi State on Sunday afternoon by a final score of 74-72 in Starkville, Mississippi.
March Madness is underway and now the Spartans are in the full swing of things. The No. 4-seeded MSU women’s basketball team defeated the No. 13-seeded Belmont Bruins in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Starkville, Mississippi by a final score of 74-60.
With the 4-seed Spartans facing the 13-seed Belmont Bruins in the first round of the women's NCAA Tournament on Friday, here are a few things to know about the Bruins before they tip off at 12 p.m. EST at Mississippi State University.
After finishing the regular season with a 22-7 record, the No. 16-ranked MSU basketball team left Indianapolis as Big Ten Tournament runner-ups to Maryland after losing 64-40 in the championship game on March 6. Now the Spartans are looking forward to the NCAA Tournament.
MSU redshirt junior Aerial Powers is preparing for her second NCAA Tournament appearance, but she said this one has a different feeling. Not only is this the most confident team Powers has ever played with, but a Big Ten Player of the Year snub also adds a heralded chip on her shoulder.
Head coach Suzy Merchant and the Spartans have had a successful campaign this season. MSU has been led on the court by redshirt junior forward Aerial Powers and junior guard Tori Jankoska and the team’s hard work has translated into success, propelling it all season. As one of the top teams in the nation, the Spartans have proven they’re a force to be reckoned with. Despite their disappointing 60-44 loss to top-seeded Maryland in the Big Ten Tournament championship game, the No. 16 MSU women’s basketball team still has a lot to look forward to with March Madness right around the corner.
INDIANAPOLIS—All hands were on deck for both No. 19 MSU and No. 5 Maryland on Sunday in the Big Ten Tournament championship game. It was expected to be a huge game from the get-go with the Spartans entering the tournament as a No. 3 seed and Maryland as the No. 1 seed. Only one team would emerge victorious, and on Sunday it was the reigning Terrapins who would claim the title of 2016 Big Ten Tournament champions by a final score of 60-44.
MSU women's basketball head coach Suzy Merchant, who was headed into her 9th season at the helm, knew this team was special when she set the bar at the beginning of the 2015-16 season.
INDIANAPOLIS—The matchup on Saturday between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 MSU was going to be a thrilling one from start to finish, and that’s exactly what it was, if you’re a Spartan fan. Saturday was the third meeting this season between the Spartans and the Buckeyes, with each prior matchup being decided by five points or less. In the end, it was the Spartans who claimed victory against the Buckeyes in blowout fashion, 82-63.
INDIANAPOLIS — Exactly one week after their thrilling triple overtime victory against Ohio State, the Spartans are gearing up to rematch the Buckeyes, this time with a Big Ten Tournament trophy on the line. Saturday afternoon’s Big Ten semifinal matchup marks the third time this year that the two teams are facing each other.
INDIANAPOLIS — It wasn’t until late in the second quarter that the Spartans gave Bankers Life Fieldhouse its first floor smack. And even then, something wasn’t right.
INDIANAPOLIS — It’s much easier to win three games in a row than five — and the MSU women’s basketball team is now on its way to doing so. On Friday evening the No. 3-seeded Spartans (1-0) defeated the No. 6-seeded Purdue Boilermakers (1-1) in their debut game in the 2016 Big Ten Tournament by a decisive 65-64 final score.
Both the MSU men's and women's basketball teams are headed into Big Ten Tournament play with a great chance at winning the hardware. And though the boasting of top-25 rankings are a testament to each teams' overall chemistry, there's a pair of duos surely leading the way.
MSU's triple-overtime win last Saturday over No. 5 Ohio State University was possibly one of the most thrilling ways to cap off the regular season. The win against the Buckeyes personified the team’s resilience they’ve shown all season long.
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Graduate student Jasmine Hines went out with a blaze of glory Saturday after her performance helped lift the Spartans to a thrilling 107-105 triple-overtime win against No. 5-ranked Ohio State. The game on Saturday was MSU's first triple-overtime game since 1991.
For MSU seniors Jasmine Hines, Cara Miller and Akyah Taylor, Saturday was their final home game in a Spartan uniform. Emotions ran high and the game was hard fought on both sides from the initial tip-off to the final buzzer, and in the end the No. 20-ranked Spartans (22-7 overall, 13-5 conference) defeated the No. 5-ranked Buckeyes (23-6 overall, 15-3 conference) by a final score of 107-105 in a triple-overtime thriller on senior day at the Breslin Center.
On Wednesday evening, the MSU women’s basketball team played their final away game of the regular season against Illinois. The Spartans (21-7 overall, 12-5 conference) blew out the Fighting Illini (9-19 overall, 2-15 conference) by a final score of 71-43.
Her performance this season is one of a kind. Minnesota Golden Gopher's senior guard Rachel Banham scored 52 points against the Spartans on Sunday, but her team still fell short and lost to MSU by a final score of 114-106.
"Anything you can do I can do better." That was the feel Sunday afternoon in the heart of a Big Ten Tournament-seeding game, as MSU's Aerial Powers and Minnesota's Rachel Banham combined for 92 points.