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Following an upset win by the MSU women’s basketball team on the road earlier in the season against the University of Michigan, the Wolverines were looking to rebound from that loss in the quarterfinals in the Big Ten Tournament Friday night when they faced MSU for the second time this season.
A jumper from senior guard Tori Jankoska 3:13 left in the third quarter was ultimately the night’s biggest play for the MSU women’s basketball team, who took on No. 11 seed Wisconsin Thursday night in its first game of the Big Ten Tournament.
This week the Big Ten honors were released and
the MSU women’s basketball team was well represented. Senior guard Tori Jankoska
earned her fourth straight all-conference honor and three other Spartans made
the honorable mention list.
The MSU women’s basketball team wrapped up the regular season with a 19-10 overall record and enters the postseason a No. 6 seed in the Big Ten Tournament.
MSU women’s basketball has had some remarkable players in its program history. The likes of Kristin Haynie, Jasmine Hines, Liz Shimek, Syreeta Bromfield and, most recently, Aerial Powers dominated the court. For her senior season, Tori Jankoska has been completely in the spotlight, leading the Spartans on the court and breaking records while preparing to leave a legacy behind. From fighting for her life at birth to fighting on the court as a Spartan, Jankoska has had a rollercoaster ride worth of experiences, but right now it seems she’s at the top and not coming down any time soon.
In the last home game of the season, MSU women’s basketball faced Penn State University at the Breslin Center. Coming off of an important win against rival University of Michigan, the Spartans looked different starting the game. MSU struggled early on, as Penn State had the lead from the beginning of the game. But the Spartans came back from being down 19 at one point for a win on Senior Day, 73-64.
After MSU women's basketball defeated in-state rival University of Michigan Sunday, senior guard Tori Jankoska said she has tried to not think of what's to come.
After leading the MSU women's basketball team to a 86-68 win over the University of Michigan Sunday, senior guard Tori Jankoska was named the Big Ten Women's Basketball Player of the Week.
Coming off a 85-69 win against Minnesota, the MSU women’s basketball team hoped to win its second straight game Sunday as the Spartans took on the No. 20 Michigan Wolverines on the road. There, the Spartans took care of business as they upset the Wolverines at the Crisler Center, 86-68.
In the second to last regular season game at the Breslin
Center, MSU women’s basketball came out strong to defeat the University of
Minnesota. In their second matchup against the Gophers this season, the end
result was similar to the 93-74 win on Jan. 30. After some trouble in the
first half, MSU regained its confidence and momentum and used it in the remaining of the
second half. In head coach Suzy Merchant’s second game back, the Spartans (17-9, 7-6 Big Ten) put together a win, 85-69.
With only five games left in the regular season for MSU women’s basketball, the Spartans took the court to face nationally ranked No. 3 University of Maryland. The last time the Spartans met Maryland, it was in the finals of the Big Ten Tournament, a game they would go on to lose. The Spartans would go on to fall to the Terrapins in the rematch, 89-72.
The accolades keep on adding for senior guard Tori Jankoska, as Jankoska was one of 10 players added to the Wade Watch List on Monday afternoon by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, or WBCA, according to a press release. The Freeland, Mich. native is one of seven Big Ten players on the Wade Watch List.
It’s been a wild ride for graduate student forward Taya Reimer.
On a symbolic day honoring National Girls and Women in Sports Day, MSU women's basketball (16-7, 6-4 Big Ten) welcomed the 6,438 fans with a sight all too familiar — senior guard Tori Jankoska hoisting a 3-point field goal.
MSU women’s basketball, 15-7, 5-4 Big Ten, played University of Minnesota, 11-11, 2-7 Big Ten, on the road. The
Spartans started off strong in the first quarter, but at the end of the first half
Minnesota tied things up. Under interim head coach Amaka Agugua the Spartans clinched
their second straight win in a row. MSU pulled away in the second half to beat the Golden Gophers, 93-74.
MSU women’s basketball ended its three game losing streak with the win against the University of Wisconsin, 81-57. The Spartans improve their overall record to 14-7 and are now 4-4 in the Big Ten. Senior guard Branndais Agee led the Spartans in scoring with 18 points, with senior guard Tori Jankoska right behind her with 13 points.
MSU women’s basketball recently announced through a press release that the team will join the men’s program to play in the PK80 Invitational. Along with the Spartans, Oregon women’s basketball will be hosting the University of Connecticut and the University of Oklahoma at the Matthew Knight Arena on Nov. 25 next season.
On a foggy Sunday afternoon, MSU women’s basketball laced up to play Big Ten opponent Purdue for the second time this season. The Spartans played for the first time after their loss to Northwestern on Jan. 17.
The MSU women’s basketball team traveled to Evanston, Ill. to play Northwestern University for the first time this season on Jan. 17. Before the game, this afternoon the program announced that head coach Suzy Merchant is now on a medical leave for an unknown amount of time. The Spartans had a tough start to the game, and couldn’t pull through as the Wildcats downed MSU, 76-65.
MSU women's basketball head coach Suzy Merchant will take a medical leave of absence from her duties with the Spartans, according to a press release from MSU athletic communications Tuesday afternoon.