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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.
The intensity was so thick you could cut it with a knife. The game on Sunday afternoon was physical and gritty and a packed, pinked-out Breslin crowd was into it for every second. The No. 25-ranked MSU women’s basketball team (20-7 overall, 11-5 conference) hosted the Minnesota Golden Gophers (18-9 overall, 10-6 conference) in a matchup that will define the Big Ten standings. MSU beat the Gophers in thrilling fashion by a final score of 114-106.
Coming into Thursday evening’s game against Rutgers, the No. 25-ranked MSU women’s basketball team was in dire need to snap their two-game losing skid and get back on track before the end of the regular season. The Spartans’ (19-7 overall, 10-4 overall) misfortunes ended with a victory against the Scarlet Knights (16-11 overall, 7-8 conference) by a final score of 70-67.
MSU women’s basketball team’s (18-6 overall, 8-4 Big Ten) offense was colder on the court than it was outside Thursday night. The Spartans were stunned by their opponents, the Penn State Nittany Lions (9-15 overall, 4-9 B1G), and dropped their sixth game of the season, by a final score of 65-61.
Her focus is unbreakable on the court. Her athleticism is unmatched. Her trophy case only gets bigger as time goes on. Redshirt junior guard Aerial Powers is a one-of-a-kind talent for the MSU women’s basketball team and she has nowhere to go but up.
Much like every game against arch-rival Michigan, tensions were thick and intensity was high in Wednesday’s game for the MSU women’s basketball team.
A standout performance from junior forward Aerial Powers helped the No. 18 Spartans (15-4, 6-2 Big Ten) capture a 68-56 victory over Purdue (15-5, 6-3 Big Ten) Wednesday night. Powers scored a season-high 25 points on 10-for-16 shooting while grabbing six rebounds in the Spartans’ win.
Usually when two great defenses face each other, the result is a low-scoring and gritty deathmatch. Wednesday night was no exception when the MSU women’s basketball team hosted Purdue and won by a final score of 68-56.
After chaotic weather this weekend, which caused the MSU women’s basketball team to postpone their game against Maryland to a later date, the Spartans are gearing up to play Big Ten opponent Purdue on Wednesday. Tip off is set for 7 p.m.
The MSU women’s basketball team had its game against Big Ten opponent Maryland postponed on Saturday because of Winter Storm Jonas. The game was rescheduled for Monday, but with weather conditions continuing to be inclement, that game has now been postponed, too.
Saturday’s game for the MSU women’s basketball team (14-4 overall record, 5-2 Big Ten record) against the Maryland Terrapins (17-2 record, 6-1 Big Ten) has been postponed because of inclement weather, according to a press release by the MSU Athletics Department.
When the MSU basketball team goes into the locker rooms for halftime at Breslin Center, that’s when the stage is set for 60-year-old Mark Viele and his mop.
As Big Ten season progresses for the MSU women’s basketball team, the standings are beginning to take shape and Tuesday’s win over Rutgers keeps MSU right in the thick of things.