Akyah Taylor
Akyah  Taylor

Graduate Student

Elkhart, Ind.

High School:
Elkhart Memorial

Last College:
Saint Francis




Balanced Effort Leads Spartans Past Indiana, 72-42

Bell paces MSU with 16 points as the Spartans won their seventh straight over IU.


Johnson Leads Spartans Past Indiana, 56-46

Kiana Johnson posted 15 points, five assists and four steals in 36 minutes off the bench.


Spartans Win Big Ten Opener Over Minnesota 66-51

Kiana Johnson and Jasmine Hines combine for 32 points off the bench.


Spartans Return to Jenison Field House, Defeat IPFW 64-36

Pickrel paces MSU with 15 points, while Schiffauer posted her second straight double-double.


The Suzy Merchant Show: Spartan Women's Basketball All-Access

Season 1, Episode 5


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Career Stats
2011-12 Game-by-Game Stats
2012-13 Game-by-Game Stats

REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2012-13): Appeared in 16 games ... Averaged 1.6 points and 2.3 rebounds (including 1.0 offensive rebounds) in 7.8 minutes ... Shoot 52.4% (11-for-21) from the field ... Sat out the first nine games of the season for violation of NCAA guidelines ... Played 10 minutes in her season debut vs. IPFW (12/16), grabbing two rebounds ... Grabbed five rebounds in 12 minutes vs. Temple (12/29), adding her first career assist ... Grabbed six rebounds and posted three points in 13 minutes vs. Minnesota (1/3) ... Missed the Penn State (1/6) and Illinois (1/13) games due to illness ... Went 2-for-3 from the field, scoring four points in 10 minutes vs. Iowa (1/17) ... Matched her point total from her first five games with seven points, on 3-for-3 shooting, also grabbing three rebounds in a career-high 17 minutes at Indiana (1/20); her first game in her home state ... Grabbed six rebounds in 15 minutes at Nebraska (1/24) ... In eight minutes vs. Indiana (2/13), posted five points and four rebounds (two offensive) ... Picked up three rebounds in six minutes at Ohio State (2/25).

2011-12: Redshirted ... Saw action in only one game, scoring two points and grabbing two rebounds in five minutes at Florida Gulf Coast (11/19).

HIGH SCHOOL: Elkhart Memorial's all-time leading scorer with 1,719 points ... A four-year letterwinner at Elkhart Memorial High School for head coach Larry Fielstra ... Led the Crimson Chargers in scoring all four years, leading Elkhart Memorial to a 89-14 record, four Class 4A sectional and three Northern Lakes Conference championships ... As a senior, earned first-team all-state by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) and Indiana Coaches of Girls' Sports Association (ICGSA), and second-team all-state by the Associated Press ... During her senior season, paced the team in points (19.8), rebounds (9.9), assists, steals and blocks, leading Elkhart Memorial to a 23-2 record ... Member of the 2011 Indiana All-Star team; scored 12 points leading Indiana to victory of the Kentucky All-Stars ... As a junior, led the team in points (16.3), rebounds (8.5), steals (2.2) and blocks (1.4) ... An IBCA, ICGSA and Hoosier Basketball Magazine All-State selection ... A 2010 Indiana Junior All-Star ... As a sophomore, led Elkhart Memorial in points (18.1), rebounds (8.7), blocks (2.2) and field goal percentage (53.6%) ... In her first season, led the team with 14.7 points and a 51.5 field goal percentage, while also adding 6.3 rebounds per game ... A four-time first-team all-conference and three-time first-team all-area selection ... Played AAU basketball for the Indy Wildcats, coached by Cory Majors ... Earned two letters in track & field.

PERSONAL: Born March 16, 1993 ... Daughter of Robert Taylor and Tiana Joiner ... Has eight siblings - Aaliyah, Robert Jr., Abryntinia, Ja'riaha, ke'Anna, Victora, Victor and Sharia ... Majoring in criminal justice.

Points: 7, at Indiana (1/20/13)
Field Goals: 3, at Indiana (1/20/13)
Free Throws: 1, three times, last vs. Indiana (2/13/13)
3-Point Field Goals:
Rebounds: 6, twice, last at Nebraska (1/24/13)
Assists: 1, four times, last at Penn State (2/10/13)
Steals: 1, six times, last vs. Wisconsin (3/3/13)
Minutes: 17, at Indiana (1/20/13)