MSU claimed a share of the Big Ten Regular-Season Championship on Sunday night.
Six Spartans scored in double figures, led by Mills' 15 points.
Powers named Big Ten Freshman of the Week; Pickrel on the Player of the Week Honor Roll.
Michigan State vs. Nebraska (USATSI)
Michigan State @ Ohio State
Michigan State @ Florida State
On Thursday, Oct. 24, the Michigan State women's basketball program held its annual media day at Breslin Center.
On Monday, Oct. 8, head coach Suzy Merchant and the Michigan State women's basketball program held its media day at the Breslin Center. Coach Merchant, the assistant coaches and the student-athletes met with the media for over an hour to discuss the upcoming 2012-13 season.
Has appeared in 93 games, averaging 5.2 points and 3.1 rebounds in 17.6 minutes ... Entering her senior season, ranks 12th in Spartan history with 84 3-point field goals made, while currently seventh with a career 35.0% 3-point field goal percentage ... Also 21st on the MSU career blocks list with 43 ... Ranked ninth in the Big Ten last season in 3-pointers and 3-point field goal percentage ... Her 65 3-pointers as a junior were the seventh most in the Spartan single-season ... Set career highs in every statistical category last season.
JUNIOR (2012-13): Named the team's Most Improved Player and Sixth Player of the Year at the team banquet ... Played in all 34 games, starting 20 ... Tied for third on the team with 9.3 points, while adding 4.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.5 blocks in 29.1 minutes ... Led the team and ranked ninth in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage (36.7%) and 3-point field goals per game (1.8) ... Her 65 3-pointers was the seventh-most in a MSU single-season ... Increased her scoring by +6.8 points from her sophomore season, ranking third in the Big Ten ... Posted career high totals in points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, 3-point field goals and minutes ... Had 16 double-figure scoring games, after posting only two in her first two seasons ... Made her first career start in the season opener vs. UT Arlington (11/11), scoring a then-career high 18 points and dishing out a career high four assists in 27 minutes; went 7-for-14 from the floor and 4-for-7 from behind the arc ... Went 3-for-7 from 3-point range for nine points at Eastern Michigan (11/15) ... Chipped in seven points and four rebounds vs. Virginia Tech (11/18) ... Went 3-for-7 from 3-point en route to 11 points vs. Albany (11/21), also adding seven rebounds and three assists ... Went 3-for-6 from behind the arc and totaled 11 points vs. Robert Morris (11/25) ... Posted 14 points and five rebounds at NC State (11/29) in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge ... Went 5-for-6 from the field for 11 points vs. Milwaukee (12/1), also adding four rebounds and three steals ... Had her fifth-straight game in double figures, posting 14 points, five rebounds and three assists in 31 minutes at Oakland (12/5) ... Led MSU in scoring for the first time in her career, posting 15 points vs. IPFW (12/16), also adding seven rebounds (four offensive) ... Had nine points, five rebounds and two steals vs. Oregon State (12/19), and grabbed a career-high nine rebounds and blocked two shots in a career-high 42 minutes vs. Texas Tech (12/20) in the South Point Holiday Hoops Classic ... Led the Spartans with 16 points, including 3-for-7 from 3-point, vs. Temple (12/29), also adding five rebounds ... Had six points and five rebounds vs. Minnesota (1/3) ... Scored 10 points, all in the second half, vs. Iowa (1/17), hitting three 3-pointers and grabbing seven rebounds ... Came off the bench for the first time vs. No. 13 Purdue (1/27), tallying seven points in 15 minutes ... Had a career night off the bench at Northwestern (1/31), posting a career-high 21 points, including 5-for-7 from behind the arc, six rebounds and a career-high four steals, all team highs ... Had a standout defensive game vs. Michigan (2/4) with a career-high tying three blocks and two steals ... Scored a team-high 16 points off the bench at No. 8 Penn State (2/10), going 6-for-12 from the field, including 3-for-8 from 3-point ... Added 10 points and five rebounds off the bench vs. Indiana (2/13) ... Had eight points (all in a two-minute stretch in the second half) and six rebounds vs. Northwestern (2/20) ... Posted 11 points and tied for the team lead with six rebounds at Ohio State (2/25) ... Scored a game-high 18 points in 29 minutes off the bench at No. 22 Purdue (2/28), shooting 6-for-11 from the field and 4-for-7 from 3-point, while also grabbing a team-high six rebounds ... Had nine points and four rebounds vs. Wisconsin (3/3) ... Had five points and six rebounds vs. No. 25 Purdue (3/10) in the Big Ten Championship game ... Scored 14 points, including 11-straight points in the first half, while shooting 4-for-8 from the 3-point line (second most by a Spartan in an NCAA Tournament game), off the bench vs. Marist (3/23) in the NCAA Tournament First Round ... Tied for the team lead with 12 points vs. No. 10 Maryland (3/25) in the NCAA Tournament Second Round, also adding two steals.
SOPHOMORE (2011-12): Appeared in 28 games ... Averaged 2.5 points and 2.2 rebounds in 10.9 minutes ... Had seven points (going 2-of-4 from 3-point range), five rebounds and a season-high three assists in 19 minutes in the opener vs. Villanova (11/11) ... Grabbed three rebounds vs. IPFW (11/15) ... Scored seven points, had six rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 18 minutes vs. Western Michigan (11/17) ... Had five points in a season-high 21 minutes at Milwaukee (11/22) ... Posted four points, three rebounds and a steal in 16 minutes vs. No. 9 Miami (12/1) ... Grabbed four rebounds in 10 minutes vs. Eastern Michigan (12/3) ... Grabbed four rebounds vs. Colorado State (12/20) ... Hit a key 3-pointer in the second half vs. Michigan (1/4) ... Pulled down a season-high seven rebounds at Minnesota (1/19), leading MSU for the first time in her career ... Had her best offensive game of the season with a season high 12 points in 18 minutes off the bench at Iowa (2/12), going 5-for-11 from the field, including 2-of-5 from the 3-point line ... Had seven points on 3-for-5 shooting in the Big Ten Tournament First Round vs. Indiana (3/1) ... Went 2-for-2 from behind the arc for six points in eight minutes vs. No. 19 Louisville in the NCAA Tournament First Round (3/17).
FRESHMAN (2010-11): Received Spartan Character Award at team banquet ... Played in 31 games ... Averaged 3.3 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 11.0 minutes per game ... Fourth on the team in field goal percentage (40.6%) ... Third on MSU with 17 blocks ... Posted seven points, six rebounds and two blocks in 13 minutes in her Spartan debut vs. IPFW (11/13); made all of her shots, going 2-of-2 from the field and 3-of-3 from the line ... Reached double-figures for the first time in her Spartan career with 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting vs. Detroit (11/21); also added a team-best six rebounds ... Set a season high with two steals vs. Milwaukee (12/8) ... Tied her season high with six rebounds to go along with seven points and two blocks vs. Iona (12/12) ... Had five points, three rebounds, two steals and two blocks vs. Dartmouth (12/18) ... Posted five points and five rebounds vs. Vermont (12/21) ... Had six points and three rebounds in only eight minutes at No. 24 Ohio State (1/16) ... Played double-figure minutes for the first time in a Big Ten game, tallying six points and four rebounds in 10 minutes at No. 18 Iowa (1/27) ... Played a key 12 minutes vs. Purdue (2/3), scoring nine points (her second highest total of the season) on 3-of-3 shooting, and grabbing three rebounds ... Had seven points and five rebounds in 20 minutes at No. 23 Penn State (2/10); her rebounds and minutes are her high in a Big Ten game ... Scored five points in 10 minutes vs. Northwestern (2/17) ... Tied her season high with two assists and had four points at Illinois (2/20) ... Had four rebounds and tied her season high with two assists vs. Northwestern in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals (3/4) ... Had two points, five rebounds, a block and a steal in 13 minutes in her NCAA Tournament debut vs. Northern Iowa (3/20).
HIGH SCHOOL: Runner-up for Michigan's Miss Basketball in 2010 ... Associated Press Class B Co-Player of the Year ... Led Grand Rapids Catholic Central to the Class B state title and a 26-1 record as a senior ... Averaged 14 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, five steals and five blocks a game as a senior ... Named to both the Grand Rapids Press, Detroit Free Press and Detroit News Dream Team, in addition to Associated Press Class B First Team All-State in 2010 ... As a junior, averaged 12 points, seven rebounds, four steals and three blocks, leading GRCC to the Class B state championship game ... A first team all-state selection by the Associated Press, Detroit Free Press and Detroit News, while also receiving Grand Rapids Press Dream Team honors her junior year ... Averaged 12 points, five assists and three blocks per game as a sophomore ... Grand Rapids Catholic Central went 73-7 and won three-straight league titles in her final three high school seasons ... A two-year captain for Colleen Lamoreaux-Tate ... Also lettered in volleyball and track & field.
PERSONAL: Born on May 2, 1992 ... Daughter of Maribeth Pickrel ... Majoring in family community services
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