Spartans, with a win in the first round, would face Iowa or Ohio State, who combined for three of MSU’s losses.
Junior guard Porsche Poole proved why she once was a starter this season for the 10th best women’s basketball team in the country against Minnesota on Sunday. She only scored 10 points, but the command she had on the court was vital in carrying the No.
With a chance to clinch its first ever outright Big Ten championship Thursday night the No. 8 MSU women’s basketball team lost to Ohio State, 54-53.
For MSU women’s basketball head coach Suzy Merchant, being crowned Big Ten champions was something she and the No. 10 Spartans aspired to do when the season began.
After five consecutive years of watching Ohio State reign atop the Big Ten conference and raise banner after banner, the No. 11 MSU women’s basketball team — with a 69-56 victory at Illinois — have dethroned the former champions and will carry the trophy a few hours north to East Lansing.
After freshman center — a.k.a former Spartan Alyssa DeHaan’s replacement — Madison Williams went down with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, would anyone have believed me if I said MSU women’s basketball head coach Suzy Merchant would be able to reshape her offense and turn the No.
Following the MSU women’s basketball team’s 69-56 win over Michigan on Sunday afternoon at Breslin Center, U-M head coach Kevin Borseth said there was one glaring difference between the two teams. “We could not contend with their strength,” Borseth said.
For the second time this season, the No. 11 MSU women’s basketball team beat Michigan, 69-56, in front of a sold-out crowd at Breslin Center.
After holding No. 23 Penn State without a basket for nearly 8 minutes, the No. 11 MSU women’s basketball team cruised to a victory and in the process, took sole control of first place in the Big Ten. The Spartans(21-3 overall, 9-2 Big Ten) defeated the Lady Lions(20-6, 9-3), 60-49, not allowing Penn State to even approach the 80-point mark they have been averaging this season and proving again great defense trumps great offense. With 6:20 remaining in the first half, the score was 19-18 with MSU holding the one-point advantage.
At the beginning of the season, no one would have pegged tonight’s matchup between the No. 11 MSU women’s basketball team and No. 23 Penn State to be a battle for first place in the Big Ten.