Former Spartan basketball player Lauren Aitch joins Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis for a conversation about how being a Spartan athlete has impacted her thriving entrepreneurial spirit.
The MSU women’s basketball team closed the gap to as little as nine points after trailing by almost 20 going into halftime, but Purdue came out on top, winning 62-47 for their second straight Big Ten Tournament championship.
Spartans fall in Big Ten tournament final Detroit Free Press
Drey Mingo had 24 points and eight rebounds as the Michigan State women's basketball team lost to Purdue in the Big Ten tournament final today in Hoffman Estates, Ill. The Spartans (24-8) were led by Jasmine Thomas, who scored 15 points to go with seven rebounds. Kiana Johnson added 11 points. MSU is still bound for the NCAA tournament in all likelihood.
The Spartans won in part because Becca Mills and Jasmine Thomas came through with big offensive performances, totaling 35 points between them for a team that shot 19 percent in the first half and 60 percent in the second. It won in part because Jasmine Hines pulled down 14 boards, which happened to be the exact amount by which her team outrebounded the conference leader in rebound margin.
MSU dominates Penn State, women's basketball moves to finals State News
It wasn’t pretty, but when you’re taking on the champ, all that matters is who’s left standing. That’s how the MSU women’s basketball team felt after avenging two double-digit regular season losses by downing No. 8 Penn State 54-46 in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament. The Spartans held the top-seeded Nittany Lions to a season-low 22.4 percent shooting from the floor and their lowest scoring total of the season.
Michigan State women take down top seed for a shot at Big Ten tourney title Detroit Free Press
"I feel like we took a stick and hit a big beehive," MSU coach Suzy Merchant said. "We just angered a bunch of bees in there. Their offense is so potent. I told the girls we know they're going to come out. They're aggressive, attacking crazy scorers that can take over a game in seconds."
The Michigan State women's basketball team advanced to the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals with a 62-46 victory over Michigan on Friday night at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill. The Spartans, who improved to 23-7 overall, will play No. 1-seed Penn State tomorrow night at approximately 7:30 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network. Junior Klarissa Bell led the Spartans with 20 points.
Spartans avenge regular-season loss, advance past Wolverines Detroit Free Press
After Michigan State had its 12-game winning streak against Michigan snapped at U-M, Klarissa Bell said repeatedly she should have played better. She did this time, and now the MSU women are working on a new streak. Bell fired in 20 points and played terrific defense Friday night to lead MSU to a 62-46 victory over U-M in a Big Ten tournament quarterfinal game.
MSU takes down U-M in quarterfinals of Big Ten women's tourney State News
When it comes to Michigan, Klarissa Bell pulls no punches. The junior guard and East Lansing native speaks openly about her disregard for MSU’s rival. She offered some seething words about the Wolverines prior to the second regular season meeting between the two, which resulted in a one-point loss in Ann Arbor on Feb. 16.
Defensive intensity propels Spartans to victory over U-M State News
Defense wins championships, or in the case of the MSU women’s basketball team, it gets them closer to one. The Spartans defeated in-state rival Michigan 62-46 Friday night in the quarterfinals of the women’s Big Ten Tournament due in large part to their performance on the defensive side of the ball.
So often, athletes praise coaches for affecting change in their lives. It isn't as frequent to hear a coach say an athlete has encouraged change in his or her style. Count Michigan State women's basketball coach Suzy Merchant as one who has.
Postseason play has arrived for Michigan State women's basketball. The Spartans head to the Big Ten Tournament in Hoffman Estates, Ill. tomorrow to await their quarterfinal round opponent. MSU, the No. 4 seed after finishing in a tie for third at 10-6, will face either Michigan or Indiana on Friday night at approx. 9:25 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network.
Three members of the Michigan State women's basketball team - senior Jasmine Thomas, junior Klarissa Bell and sophomore Kiana Johnson - were selected to an All-Big Ten team on Monday, as the conference released its postseason awards. Bell was a third-team All-Big Ten choice by the coaches, while all three were honorable mention selections by the media. Senior Courtney Schiffauer was MSU's recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
Jasmine Thomas missed the final shot she ever took at Breslin Center in a Spartan uniform. It didn’t matter, though. It was a free throw with 2.3 seconds left in the game and MSU held a six-point lead. The senior guard led the MSU women’s basketball team to a 54-48 win in the regular season finale over Wisconsin with 14 points, nine rebounds and three steals.
MSU women clinch first-round bye in Big Ten tourney Detroit News
With the win comes a bye. And for that, the Michigan State women's basketball team is grateful. The Spartans defeated Wisconsin, 54-48, in their final regular-season game Sunday afternoon before a spirited 14,024 at the Breslin Center. The victory clinched a first-round bye for MSU in the Big Ten Tournament that begins Thursday.
When it comes to senior forward Courtney Schiffauer, intensity is the name of the game. Her self-declared "hard-nosed" style of play gives her an edge on the court that leaves many teams vulnerable. Yet, there is more Schiffauer than her on-court persona.
After watching film of Monday's loss at Ohio State as her team returned to East Lansing, Michigan State women's basketball coach Suzy Merchant knew she had to do something drastic if the Spartans were going to stand a chance to win on the road at No. 25 Purdue three days later. But pottery?
On Sunday, the Spartans will honor their seniors in the final home game of the season. At halftime, MSU's graduate assistants, managers and scout team seniors will be recognized. After the game, the 2012-13 senior class of Tracy Nogle, Courtney Schiffauer and Jasmine Thomas will be honored.