Kiana Johnson led Spartans with 16 points and six assists on Saturday.
Spartans honor the success of the 2012-13 season so far; look forward to NCAA Tournament.
Senior Jasmine Thomas was named to the all-tournament team.
Junior Klarissa Bell led all scorers with 20 points.
MSU to play Purdue Sunday at 4 p.m. in its second-ever championship game.
Michigan State vs. Marist - AP Photos
Michigan State at No. 8 Penn State
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.
AP Photos: Michigan State vs. No. 19 Louisville
Has appeared in 57 games, starting 42 ... Has a career line of 8.1 points, 4.1 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 30.2 minutes ... Her career assist per game average is currently sixth in MSU history and her steal average is seventh ... Has a career assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.78, which is second in MSU history ... Tied for 18th in MSU history with 50 career 3-point field goals; also ranking 16th with a 33.1% career 3-point percentage ... Her career 30.2 minutes per game is ninth in Spartan history ... Has led MSU in assists 32 times ...Has two of the top-7 single-season assist-to-turnover ratios - fifth as a sophomore (1.93) and seventh as a freshman (1.68) ... Honorable mention All-Big Ten as a sophomore and 2011-12 Big Ten All-Freshman Team ...Led MSU in assists per game in her first two seasons.
SOPHOMORE (2012-13): All-Big Ten Honorable Mention by the conference's media ... Received the Playmaker Award at the team banquet ... Appeared in 25 games, starting 14 ... Led the team with 4.2 assists and 1.9 steals ... Also averaged 9.3 points (third on the team) and 3.4 rebounds in 32.3 minutes ... Had a team-best 1.93 assist-to-turnover ratio, which ranked fifth on the MSU single-season list ... Shot a team-best 81.6% from the free throw line, and was second in 3-point field goal percentage (33.0%) ... Led MSU in assists in 15 of her 25 games ... Sat out the first nine games of the season for violation of NCAA guidelines ... In her season debut vs. IPFW (12/16), posted eight points, a game-high six assists (with only one turnover) and three steals in 28 minutes off the bench ... Scored the final eight points for MSU, including all six in overtime and the game-winner with 8.3 seconds left, vs. Texas Tech (12/20) in the South Point Holiday Hoops Classic; tied for the team lead with 11 points in 19 minutes ... Led MSU with four assists vs. Temple (12/29), also adding seven points, three rebounds and two steals ... Scored a team-best 17 points vs. Minnesota (1/3), going 9-for-9 from the foul line, while also adding four assists (no turnovers) and three steals in 31 minutes ... Led MSU with four assists and four steals off the bench at Illinois (1/13) ... Important off the bench vs. Iowa (1/17), posting eight points, five rebounds, a game-high six assists (no turnovers) and two steals in 31 minutes ... Led the team with 15 points, five assists and four steals in 36 minutes at Indiana (1/20) ... Scored a career-high 22 points at Nebraska (1/24) in 32 minutes off the bench; made a career-best four 3-pointers, and also added six rebounds and two steals ... Made her first start of the season and led MSU in scoring for the third-straight game, posting 19 points and a team-high five assists in 40 minutes vs. No. 13 Purdue (1/27) ... Dished out a game- and season-high nine assists at Northwestern (1/31), also adding seven points, five rebounds and three steals ... Posted nine points, five rebounds and tied for the game-high four assists (no turnovers) against Michigan (2/4) ... Tied for the team lead with five assists, also adding a career-high five steals and seven points vs. Indiana (2/13) ... Went 4-for 6 from behind the arc for 12 points and added four assists at Michigan (2/16) ... Posted a solid line of eight points, five rebounds, a team-high six assists and three steals, while playing all 40 minutes vs. Northwestern (2/20) ... Led MSU with six assists and three steals at No. 22 Purdue (2/28), also adding eight points ... Posted 10 points, a team-high five assists, five rebounds and two steals vs. Wisconsin (3/3) ... In the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals vs. Michigan (3/8), led MSU with seven assists (only two turnovers), while adding seven points and two steals ... Set a career high with two blocks 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 four assists (no turnovers) and four steals, while adding 11 points ... Led MSU with 16 points, including a career-high tying four 3-pointers (second most by a Spartan in an NCAA Tournament game), and six assists (only one turnover) in all 40 minutes vs. Marist (3/23) in the NCAA Tournament First Round.
FRESHMAN (2011-12): Big Ten All-Freshman Team ... Appeared in all 32 games, starting 28, including the last 24 ... Led the team in assists with 129 (4.03 per game), which ranked seventh in the Big Ten; her total was also 10th in the nation among freshman and rank third all-time among MSU freshmen ... Also led the team in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.7), which was third in the Big Ten and 49th in the nation (third nationally among freshmen); the mark was also sixth best in a MSU single-season (second-best by a freshman) ... Averaged 7.1 points (fifth on the team) and 1.7 steals (second on the team and 12th in the conference) in 28.5 minutes ... Led MSU in assists in 18 games ... In Big Ten games, finished tied for second in assists (4.7) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.7) in the league ... Scored seven points in her collegiate debut vs. Villanova (11/11) ... Had first career double-figure scoring game with 13 points vs. IPFW (11/15), going 3-of-4 from behind the arc, and adding a game-high four assists and two steals ... Had a game-high five assists and three steals vs. Oakland (11/27) ... Posted double-figures with 10 points vs. Eastern Michigan (12/3), also adding a team-high four assists and three steals ... Dished out a game-high eight assists (with only one turnover) and grabbed four steals vs. Detroit (12/6) ... Led the team with four assists at No. 24 Texas (12/10) ... Led MSU in points (10), assists (4) and steals (5; season-high) vs. Pittsburgh (12/21) ... Dished out a then-season-high nine assists at Indiana (12/30), also adding six points and five rebounds ... Scored a season-high 18 points at No. 19 Penn State (1/7), including eight of MSU's last 10 points in the final minutes, also adding a team-best five assists, four rebounds and two steals ... Topped her season high with 10 assists vs. Indiana (1/12), committing only one turnover, while adding six points and four steals ... Scored 14 points, all in the second half, at No. 13 Purdue (1/23) ... Scored in double-figures for the second straight game, posting 11 points, seven rebounds and team-high five assists vs. Illinois (1/26) ... Scored 13 points, going 6-for-10 from the field, vs. No. 18 Penn State, also adding a team-best six assists, and four rebounds ... Had 10 points in only 18 minutes vs. Northwestern (2/9) ... Had 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting, while adding a team-high five assists, six rebounds and two steals at Wisconsin (2/16) ... Filled the stat sheet with 11 points, a season-high eight rebounds and a game-high seven assists, while playing all 45 minutes vs. No. 17 Purdue (2/19) ... Posted five points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals vs. No. 23 Nebraska (2/23) ... In her first trip back to her home city of Chicago, posted 10 points, four assists and three steals vs. Northwestern (2/26) ... Led MSU with five assists and no turnovers in her Big Ten Tournament debut vs. Indiana (3/1) ... Finished Big Ten Tournament with eight assists and no turnovers in 51 minutes.
HIGH SCHOOL: A two-time all-state selection ... A four-year letterwinner at Whitney Young High School for head coach Corry Irvin ... As a senior, averaged 11.2 points and 4.9 assists per game and made 60 3-pointers ... Earned third-team all-state by the Chicago Tribune ... Averaged 11.2 points, 5.9 assists, 4.4 rebounds, 4.0 steals, while making 69 3-pointers at a 54.8% clip as a junior ... Second-team all-state honors from the Chicago Tribune, in addition to first-team all-city and team most valuable player accolades ... Whitney Young went 77-9 over her final three seasons, finishing second in Class 4A as a sophomore and junior, and fourth as a senior ... Ranked among the nation's Top 100 by every recruiting service, including No. 43 by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report, No. 55 by ESPN Hoopgurlz, No. 59 by All-Star Girls Report and No. 86 by Blue Star Basketball ... Collegiate Girls Basketball Report listed her as the No. 9 point guard, while Hoopgurlz has her at No. 11 ... Played AAU basketball for Lady Fire and coach Mac Irvin.
PERSONAL: Born Aug. 23, 1993 ... Daughter of Joann Baker ... Has three brothers - Lugene, ladel and Ke'von; and one sister, Kierra ... Majoring in psychology.
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