In the No. 18 MSU women’s basketball team’s first half against Ferris State, the Spartans lead 54-23. Ferris got off to a quick start in the early going, leading 8-4 at one point, but freshman guard Tori Jankoska gave the Spartans a lift with her hot shooting from long range.
It’s the start of a new season, and the No. 18 women’s basketball team will kick off the preseason Wednesday as the Spartans look to improve on last year’s 25-9 record. MSU will face Ferris State at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at Breslin Center for the first preseason game. The Spartans finished last season with their third-best record in school history and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament, before being knocked out in the second round by Maryland, 74-49.
Last season was plagued with injuries and suspensions for MSU women’s basketball. Despite opening the season with one of its best starts in school history — winning 13 of its first 14 games, and later getting to the Big Ten championship game and making the NCAA Tournament — MSU played much of last season without key contributing members. The Spartans’ playing lineup consisted mainly of six players, and this season they can expect a couple key additions.
More than a week later, the season-ending loss to Maryland still eats at MSU women’s basketball coach Suzy Merchant. The Terrapins sent the Spartans home from the NCAA Tournament with their most lopsided loss of the 2012-13 season March 25.
Alyssa Thomas gave the Spartans all they could handle in a 74-49 loss Monday night at Comcast Center in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
During Maryland’s first-round NCAA Tournament game against Quinnipiac on Saturday, ESPN2 flashed an interesting graphic onto the screen.
Maryland doesn’t join the Big Ten Conference until 2014, but there’s no time like the present to notice the budding rivalry between the Terrapins and Spartans.
One half and 17 3-pointers later, the MSU women’s basketball team beat Marist 55-47 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The MSU women’s basketball players boarded their flight to College Park, Md., yesterday with three letters on their mind: WTW.
The MSU women’s basketball team is headed to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth-consecutive postseason. “The Spartans who fell to Purdue in the “finals of the Big Ten Tournament on March 10 — were given a No. 5 seed, sending them to College Park, Md., to face No. 12 seed Marist.
The MSU women’s basketball team exorcised their demons against Michigan and top-seeded Penn State on Friday and Saturday in the Big Ten Tournament, but ran out of gas on Sunday against No.
In the MSU women’s basketball team’s 62-47 loss to Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament championship game, one player stood out above the rest – but she wasn’t a Spartan. One year ago, sixth year Purdue forward Drey Mingo stood on the sidelines in warm-ups as the Boilermakers won the Big Ten Tournament without her on the court. This season, she was named most outstanding player of the tournament.
The MSU women’s basketball team closed the gap to as little as nine points, but Purdue came out on top, winning 62-47 for their second straight Big Ten Tournament championship.