Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Sports | Women's Basketball

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Versatile Johnson key to MSU success

Playing at Northwestern always is special for Lykendra Johnson. Welsh-Ryan Arena sits about 20 miles away from the sophomore forward’s hometown of River Forest, Ill., meaning family and friends likely will fill the stands when the Spartans play the Wildcats at 8 p.m. tonight.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Merchant blasts Spartans' leaders after loss

Embarrassing. Negligent. Inexcusable. Lowest point. Those were the words women’s basketball head coach Suzy Merchant used after watching her team’s offense fade into the night while blowing a 14-point second half lead in a 48-45 loss to Wisconsin on Thursday at Breslin Center.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Finding their way

It’s the morning of Dec. 6. The MSU women’s basketball team is a few days removed from one of its biggest wins ever at Breslin Center, a 72-66 victory against then-No. 4 North Carolina. The challenge that day: conference foe Indiana in the Big Ten opener.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Spartans dominate Xavier 66-53

Everything MSU was missing during its sluggish effort Sunday against Indiana was there — and more — Wednesday night against No. 8 Xavier. The Spartans brought the energy, excitement and enthusiasm that head coach Suzy Merchant thought was missing Sunday in a dominating 66-53 win against the Musketeers Wednesday night at Breslin Center.

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Spartans blow lead, lose 1st Big Ten game

Despite leading by as many as 13 in the first half, the MSU women’s basketball team collapsed in the second half, shooting 21.2 percent and allowing Indiana to grab a late lead it would never relinquish in a 68-63 loss to the Hoosiers on Sunday afternoon at Breslin Center.

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An MSU senior moment

In one of the biggest games of their careers, three MSU women’s basketball team senior captains came up huge for MSU. It started with forward Aisha Jefferson’s hustle and tenacity in the first half.