Forty-eight Spartans student-athletes were recognized for having a 3.0 or better GPA.
Spartans play Maryland on Monday at 7:20 p.m. in College Park.
Kiana Johnson led Spartans with 16 points and six assists on Saturday.
The Spartans met with the media and held a practice at Comcast Center today.
Spartans honor the success of the 2012-13 season so far; look forward to NCAA Tournament.
Michigan State women's basketball
Michigan State vs. Marist - AP Photos
On Senior Day, the Michigan State women's basketball team defeated Wisconsin, 54-48 at Breslin Center. March 3, 2013
The Spartans lost to No. 9 Penn St., 76-55
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.
Played in 131 games in her Spartan career, starting 68 ... Her 131 games played is eighth on the MSU career list ... Finished with a career line of 6.5 points, 2.0 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 23.4 minutes ... Her 267 career assists are 17th in the Spartan record books, while her 3.059 minutes are 18th ... Averaged career highs in points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks and minutes as a senior ... Honorable mention All-Big Ten selection as a senior ... Two-time Academic All-Big Ten (2010-11, 2012-13).
SENIOR (2012-13): All-Big Ten Honorable Mention by the conference's media ... Named Player of the Year at the team banquet ... Academic All-Big Ten ... 2012-13 tri-captain ... Started all 34 games, tying for the eighth most starts in a MSU single season ... Averaged career single-season highs in points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks and minutes ... Finished second on the team with 10.4 points (26th in the Big Ten), 3.1 assists (12th in the conference) and 1.8 steals (12th in the league), while ranking third with 5.3 rebounds in 35.1 minutes ... Her 1.3 assist-to-turnover ratio was sixth in the Big Ten and second on the team ... Her 1,194 minutes were fifth in a MSU single season and her 35.1 minutes per game tied for seventh ... Had a team-best 20 double-figure scoring games ... In the season opener vs. UT Arlington (11/11), tallied 11 points and three steals ... Filled the stat sheet at Eastern Michigan (11/15), totaling 13 points, seven rebounds, a game-high seven assists and two steals in 38 minutes ... Scored in double figures for the third-straight game for the first time in her career, posting 10 points, four rebounds, five assists and three steals vs. Virginia Tech (11/18) ... Led MSU with seven assists and only one turnover in 38 minutes vs. Albany (11/21), also adding 11 points ... Led the team in points (14), assists (8) and steals (5) vs. Robert Morris (11/25); her assist total was the second most in her career and the steals tied her career high ... Scored 16 points at NC State (11/29) in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, also adding seven rebounds and four assists, while playing all 40 minutes ... Filled the stat sheet with 10 points, seven rebounds and seven assists vs. Milwaukee (12/1) ... Posted 10 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals in 39 minutes at Oakland (12/5) ... While playing all 40 minutes at No. 18 Dayton (12/8), posted nine points, eight rebounds and two steals ... Named Most Outstanding Player at the South Point Holiday Hoops Classic - Tied her career high with 10 rebounds vs. Oregon State (12/19); Posted 11 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals vs. Texas Tech (12/20) ... Picked up three steals vs. Temple (12/29) ... Tallied seven points, eight rebounds, a game-high five assists and two steals vs. Minnesota (1/3) ... Led MSU with three assists and added eight rebounds (career-high five offensive) vs. No. 9 Penn State (1/6) ... Had eight points and five rebounds at Illinois (1/13) ... Went 2-for-2 from behind the arc and scored eight points at Indiana (1/20), also adding three steals ... Posted 10 points and two steals at Nebraska (1/24) ... Had 10 points, eight rebounds and four steals in a career-high 43 minutes vs. No. 13 Purdue (1/27) ... Had nine points vs. Michigan (2/4) ... Led MSU with five assists at No. 8 Penn State (2/10), also adding eight points and two steals ... Posted a solid line of seven points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals vs. Indiana (2/13) ... Scored a career-high 21 points at Michigan (2/16), going 9-for-15 from the field, while also adding three assists and no turnovers in 40 minutes ... Filled the stat sheet vs. Northwestern (2/20) with 10 points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals and a career-high three blocks ... Led MSU with 16 points, on 8-for-12 shooting, and four assists at Ohio State (2/25), while adding five rebounds and two steals ... Posted 17 points and three assists at No. 22 Purdue (2/28) ... In her final game at Breslin Center, led MSU with 14 points, nine rebounds and three steals vs. Wisconsin (3/3) ... Had 10 points on 4-for-7 shooting, while adding five assists (no turnovers) and two blocks vs. Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals vs. Michigan (3/8) ... Led MSU with 19 points (14 of which were in the second half) and three assists, while playing all 40 minutes vs. No. 8 Penn State (3.9) in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals ... In the Big Ten Championship game vs. No. 25 Purdue (3/10), led MSU with 15 points and seven rebounds, also adding two steals, while playing all 40 minutes ... Named to the All-Big Ten Tournament Team, after averaging 14.7 points and 3.3 assists, and playing 117 of 120 minutes ... Had 10 points, five rebounds and three assists (only one turnover) while playing all 40 minutes vs. Marist (3/23) in the NCAA Tournament First Round ... Led the team with five assists in her final collegiate game at No. 10 Maryland (3/25) in the NCAA Tournament Second Round.
JUNIOR (2011-12): Named MSU's Defensive Player of the Year at the team banquet ... Played in 31 games, starting 16 ... Averaged 5.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists (third on the team) and 1.6 steals (third on MSU and 13th in the Big Ten) in 21.4 minutes ... Led the team, shooting 80.6% from the foul line (25-for-31), including making her last 13 free throw attempts ... Posted team highs with four assists and four steals vs. Villanova (11/11), also adding nine points and three rebounds ... Had four assists vs. North Carolina A&T (11/12) ... Scored 10 points and grabbed four steals vs. Western Michigan (11/17); scored in double-figures for the first time since Dec. 12, 2010, a span of 25 games ... Scored in double-figures for the second-straight game, posting 11 points, four assists and a career-high five steals in her first start of the season at Florida Gulf Coast (11/19) ... Set a season-high with five assists (with no turnovers) in 24 minutes at Milwaukee (11/22) ... Led the team with three assists vs. No. 9 Miami (12/1) ... Scored MSU's final five points of regulation, including the game-tying 3-pointer with 12 seconds left, en route to a season- and team-high 13 points vs. Eastern Michigan (12/3); also added four rebounds and four steals in 37 minutes ... Led MSU for the second straight game, totaling 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting, including making all three 3-pointers, vs. Detroit (12/6) ... Had a solid line with nine points, a game-high five assists and three steals vs. Colorado State (12/20) ... Scored eight points vs. Pittsburgh (12/21) ... Posted 11 points, a season-high five rebounds and three steals at Indiana (12/30) ... Had five points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals vs. Michigan (1/4) ... Posted six points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals at No. 19 Penn State (1/7) ... Tied for the team lead with four assists at Minnesota (1/19) ... Played a season-high 38 minutes at No. 13 Purdue (1/23) and vs. Illinois (1/26) ... Had six points, four assists (no turnovers) and three steals vs. Indiana (3/1) in the Big Ten Tournament First Round ... Scored in double-figures for the first time since Dec. 30, posting 12 points, four rebounds and two steals vs. No. 21 Purdue (3/2) in the Big Ten Quarterfinals ... Had four steals in the NCAA Tournament first round game vs. No. 19 Louisville (3/17).
SOPHOMORE (2010-11): Academic All-Big Ten ... Played in all 33 games, starting four ... Averaged 4.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 15.7 minutes per game ... Scored 10 points, hitting both 3-point attempts, and grabbed two steals in the season opener vs. IPFW (11/13) ... Grabbed five rebounds and dished out two assists in nine minutes vs. Dayton (11/15) ... Second on the team with 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting at No. 2 Baylor (11/19), also adding two steals ... Led the team with six assists and tied for the team lead with six rebounds vs. Detroit (11/21) ... Scored a season-high 12 points, on 6-of-7 shooting, in her first start of the season vs. Western Kentucky (11/26), also adding a season-high three steals ... Chipped in seven points and five rebounds vs. Richmond (11/27) ... Dished out a game-high four assists at No. 15 Florida State (12/1) ... Went 5-of-6 from the line and had four rebounds at Western Michigan (12/10) ... Tied for the team lead with 12 points and four assists vs. Iona (12/12), also adding five rebounds ... Had four points and three assists vs. Wisconsin (1/6) ... Had her best output in more than a month with six points and four assists (with no turnovers) vs. No. 16 Iowa (1/13) ... Posted six points and two assists in 17 minutes vs. Purdue (2/6) ... Played her most minutes (22) since Dec. 12 at No. 23 Penn State (2/10), posting four points, three assists and two steals ... Had six points, two rebounds and two steals vs. Michigan (2/13) ... Had her most points (8) and rebounds (3) since Dec. 12 vs. Northwestern (2/17) ... Scored six points and had three rebounds at Illinois (2/20) ... Played 25 minutes vs. Ohio State (2/24), totaling six points, four rebounds and two steals ... Had five points in 13 minutes at Minnesota (2/27) ... Scored six points and had four rebounds in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals vs. Ohio State (3/5).
FRESHMAN (2009-10): Appeared in all 33 games, starting the last 14 games ... Averaged 6.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists (third on the team) and 0.8 steals in 20.7 minutes ... Second on the team, shooting 79.2% from the free throw line ... Scored her first collegiate point at Detroit (11/15), also grabbing five rebounds in 22 minutes ... Scored eight points in only 11 minutes vs. No. 5/6 Notre Dame (11/19) ... Set then-season-highs in points (15; team-high), rebounds (6), assists (5; team-high) and steals (2) vs. George Washington (11/27) ... Has her second-straight double-figure outing, scoring 11 points vs. Oklahoma State (11/28) ... Grabbed four rebounds and picked up two steals vs. Indiana (12/6) ... Posted her third double-figure effort of the season, scoring 10 points to go along with five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 26 minutes vs. No. 8 Xavier (12/9) ... Dished out a season-high nine assists vs. Florida Gulf Coast (12/13), also adding a game-high 15 points, including 3-of-3 from 3-point range, and two steals ... Had eight points and seven rebounds vs. Washington (12/19) ... Had fifth double-figure scoring game of the season with 10 points, all in the second half, at Wisconsin (12/28), also added three rebounds and two assists ... Had four assists and five points vs. Michigan (12/31) ... Had five points and four rebounds vs. Wisconsin (1/14) ... Had her best offensive day of the season at Penn State (1/17) with a season-high 19 points, going 5-of-8 from the field (including 2-of-3 from 3-point range) and 7-of-8 from the foul line, while also adding five rebounds and two steals in 23 minutes ... Grabbed a season- and game-high 10 rebounds vs. Purdue (1/21), also adding six points and two steals in a season-high 31 minutes ... Made her first start of the season at Minnesota (1/24) ... Scored 12 points at Iowa (2/7), going 4-of-6 from the field, including 2-of-3 from behind the arc ... Led the team with four assists, with no turnovers, vs. Northwestern (2/14), also adding two steals ... Scored seven points and tied for the team lead with five rebounds, including a season-high three offensive, vs. Illinois (2/18) ... Had three assists at No. 7/9 Ohio State (2/21) ... Posted eight points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals at Purdue (2/25) ... Was a perfect 5-of-5 from the field, scoring 12 points vs. Minnesota (2/28), also adding two steals ... Had 10 points and five rebounds in her Big Ten Tournament debut against Michigan (3/5) ... Posted 11 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals in her NCAA Tournament debut vs. Bowling Green (3/20) ... Had eight points and five rebounds in the NCAA Tournament Second Round vs. Kentucky (3/22).
HIGH SCHOOL: A multi-sport standout at Flint Hamady High School ... Led Flint Hamady to the 2009 Girls' Class C State Championship as a senior, posting a perfect 28-0 record ... 2009 Flint Journal Player of the Year ... Picked to the Detroit Free Press Dream Team as a senior ... Named to the 2008-09 Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Class C All-Star Team ... Named to the All-Genesse Area Conference (GAC) Blue Division Team as a senior ... A finalist for the 2009 Michigan Miss Basketball, finishing fifth ... Team's most valuable player as a senior ... Ranked No. 6 in the state by the Detroit Free Press ... Led the team in assists and steals as a junior, averaging 9.7 points, 5.8 assists, 5.5 steals and 4.1 rebounds ... Earned All-GAC honorable mention honors as a junior ... Selected as the team's most improved player as a sophomore, helping Flint Hamady to the Class C State finals ... Also lettered in track & field all four years and volleyball for her first three at Flint Hamady ... 2008 and 2009 Michigan Division III Girls High Jump Champion, clearing a state record, 5-6 3/10 ... An all-state selection all four years of track & field.
PERSONAL: Born Nov. 24, 1991 ... Daughter of Michael and Lawanna Thomas ... Graduated in May 2013 with her degree in kinesiology.
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