17th annual gala honored student-athletes success in the classroom and community.
Six Spartans scored in double figures, led by Mills' 15 points.
Michigan State takes on Notre Dame
MIchigan State vs. North Carolina (USATSI)
MSU beat Hampton 91-61 in the NCAA Tournament First Round on March 23 in Chapel Hill, N.C. Photos by Spencer Herlong.
Michigan State vs. Nebraska (USATSI)
Michigan State women's basketball
Has appeared in 98 games, starting 69 ... Averaging 8.8 points and 4.7 rebounds in 21.2 minutes ... Ranks ninth in MSU history with 69 career blocks ... Two-time Academic All-Big Ten and 2012-13 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... Led MSU in field goal percentage as a junior and blocks as a sophomore.
JUNIOR (2013-14): Honorable Mention All-Big Ten by the coaches and media ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Named MSU's Most Improved Player at the team banquet ... Played in all 33 games, starting 32 ... Averaged 10.0 points (fourth on the team) and 5.5 rebounds (third on the team) in 24.8 minutes ... Led the team and was seventh in the Big Ten in field goal percentage at 49.6% ... Led the team in free throw percentage (77.3%) ... Third on the team with 1.8 offensive rebounds per game ... In the season opener at No. 6 Notre Dame (11/11), led MSU with 15 points and two blocks, while also adding nine rebounds, in a career-high 39 minutes ... Added 11 points vs. Canisius (11/14) ... Tied her then-career high with a game-high 20 points vs. Rice (11/23), going 8-for-14 from the field, while adding six rebounds ... Scored 13 points and had nine rebounds at Temple (11/26) ... Had her first career double-double with game-highs of 19 points and 10 rebounds at Virginia Tech (12/7) ... Went 6-for-10 from the field for 12 points in 23 minutes vs. No. 13 Oklahoma State (12/19) in the Puerto Rico Classic ... Was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field for 12 points, while adding a team-high nine rebounds (five offensive) and two assists in 30 minutes at Minnesota (1/4) ... Had 10 points and two blocks vs. No. 16/14 Nebraska (1/9) ... Scored 12 points, including the go-ahead basket with under two minutes to go, in 19 minutes at Michigan (1/12) ... Grabbed eight rebounds vs. No. 16/17 Penn State (1/19) ... Scored a team-high 17 points vs. Illinois (1/23), tying (at the time) her most ever in a Big Ten game, on 6-for-11 shooting and 5-for-5 from the free throw line ... Had 13 points, on 6-for-11 shooting vs. Wisconsin (1/30) ... Set a new career high with 22 points, tying for the team lead, at Illinois (2/5), was 7-for-10 from the field and 8-for-8 from the free throw line ... In only 26 minutes vs. Ohio State (2/15), tied for the team lead with 17 points, while adding seven rebounds, a career-high five blocks and two steals; shot 7-for-14 from the field, including a season-best 2-for-3 from 3-point ... Led MSU in scoring for the second-straight game, posting 15 points in 25 minutes at Wisconsin (2/20) ... Had her second double-double of her career with 11 points and a career-high tying 11 rebounds vs. Minnesota (2/24), also setting a career-high with three steals in only 28 minutes ... Added nine points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals in 24 minutes at Northwestern (2/27) ... Had 11 points, seven rebounds and two assists vs. Indiana (3/2) ... Scored 11 points vs. Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals (3/7) ... Posted 15 points and six rebounds vs. No. 16/15 Nebraska (3/9) in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals ... Scored 12 points in 18 minutes vs. Hampton (3/23) in the NCAA Tournament First Round ... Had a team-best eight rebounds in the NCAA Tournament Second Round game at No. 12/13 North Carolina (3/25).
SOPHOMORE (2012-13): Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... Academic All-Big Ten ... MSU's female recipient of the Champion in the Classroom award for the winter (combination of leadership, community service and academics) ... Played in all 34 games, starting 28 ... Averaging 9.1 points (fifth on the team), 4.2 rebounds (sixth on the team) in 21.5 minutes ... Led the team with 29 blocks ... Third on the team in 3-point field goal percentage (32.8%) and fourth in free throw percentage (75.9%) ... Was second on the team with 18 double-figure scoring games ... In the season opener vs. UT Arlington (11/11), totaled 10 points, six rebounds, three assists and tied a career high with two steals ... Set career highs with 11 rebounds and five blocks at Eastern Michigan (11/15) in only 21 minutes ... Had 10 points in 21 minutes vs. Virginia Tech (11/18) ... Grabbed a team-high eight rebounds vs. Albany (11/21) ... Went 2-for-2 from behind the arc and scored eight points in 17 minutes at NC State (11/29) in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge ... Scored 14 points, shooting 6-for-8 from the field, and added five rebounds and two blocks in 23 minutes vs. Milwaukee (12/1) ... Went 5-for-7 from the field for 10 points, while adding seven rebounds (four offensive) at Oakland (12/5) ... Scored a season-high 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds in 30 minutes at No. 18 Dayton (12/8); made a career-best seven free throws (7-for-8) ... Posted 13 points, seven rebounds and two steals in 22 minutes vs. IPFW (12/16) ... Led MSU with 16 points in 24 minutes vs. Oregon State (12/19), and posted eight points and five rebounds vs. Texas Tech (12/20) in the South Point Holiday Hoops Classic ... Scored eight points in only 18 minutes vs. Temple (12/29) ... Led MSU with 17 points vs. No. 9 Penn State (1/6) in a then-career-high 34 minutes ... Scored 10 points, all in the first half, at Illinois (1/13) ... Posted four points, six rebounds and two blocks in 18 minutes at Indiana (1/20) ... Came off the bench for the first time on the season vs. Purdue (1/27) to score 11 points in only nine minutes, battling foul trouble ... Led MSU with 12 points off the bench vs. Michigan (2/4), also adding five rebounds in 21 minutes ... Chipped in 11 points in 23 minutes off the bench vs. Indiana (2/13) ... Scored 15 points, on 7-for-12 shooting, in 31 minutes off the bench at Michigan (2/16) ... Led MSU with 15 points vs. Northwestern (2/20) ... Had 11 points, all in the first half, and tied for the team lead with six rebounds at Ohio State (2/25) ... Posted nine points, two assists, two blocks and two steals vs. Wisconsin (3/3) ... Went 5-for-7 for 10 points in 18 minutes vs. Michigan (3/8) in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals ... Posted 16 points, nine rebounds and a team-high three blocks in a career-high 35 minutes vs. No. 8 Penn State (3/9) in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals ... Had six points, five rebounds and three blocks vs. No. 25 Purdue (3/10) in the Big Ten Championship game ... Tied for the team lead with 12 points, while adding two steals, in 24 minutes at No. 10 Maryland (3/25) in the NCAA Tournament Second Round.
FRESHMAN (2011-12): Named MSU's Sixth Player of the Year at the team banquet ... Played in 31 games, starting nine ... Averaged 7.2 points (fourth on the team) and 4.3 rebounds (second on the team) in 17.2 minutes ... Second on the team with 1.6 offensive rebounds ... Finished second on the team in free throw percentage (76.1%) and 3-point field goal percentage (35.9%), and fourth in field goal percentage (45.1%) ... In her collegiate debut, tallied 12 points and nine rebounds, both team highs, in 22 minutes vs. Villanova (11/11); her 12 points were the 11th-most and her nine rebounds were the fifth-most in a Spartan debut ... Also had 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds in 16 minutes vs. North Carolina A&T (11/12) ... Iona Tip-Off Tournament All-Tournament team ... Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Nov. 14; first in MSU history ... Had a solid game vs. IPFW (11/15) with nine points, 10 rebounds, two assists and three blocks ... Posted six points, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 20 minutes vs. Western Michigan (11/17) ... First Spartan freshman to score 20 points since Nov. 14, 2008, as she totaled 20 points, nine rebounds, a season-high four assists and two blocks in a season-high 31 minutes at Milwaukee (11/22); went 8-of-10 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line ... Had eight points and six rebounds (four offensive) vs. Oakland (11/27) ... Posted nine points and six rebounds at No. 24 Texas (12/10) ... Led MSU with 11 points vs. Colorado State (12/20) ... Posted eight points and six rebounds vs. Pittsburgh (12/21) ... Scored seven points in 11 minutes off the bench vs. Indiana (1/12) ... Scored double-figures for the first time in a Big Ten game, posting 11 points, including nine in a 2-minute stretch in the second half, vs. No. 11 Ohio State (1/15), also adding five rebounds ... Hit two 3-pointers for six points and added four rebounds at Minnesota (1/19) ... A spark off the bench vs. Northwestern (2/9), posting nine points and four rebounds in 17 minutes ... Had her most points in a Big Ten game, scoring a game-high 17 points (15 of which were in the second half and overtime), going 7-for-13 from the field, in 31 minutes off the bench vs. No. 17 Purdue (2/19), also added six rebounds ... Had seven points vs. No. 23 Nebraska (2/23) ... In 18 minutes off the bench at Northwestern (2/26), scored 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting, including making both 3-pointers, and had four rebounds ... Went 5-of-6 from the field for 11 points vs. Indiana (3/1) in the Big Ten Tournament First Round.
HIGH SCHOOL: 2011 Associated Press Class A Player of the Year ... Third in the voting for Michigan's Miss Basketball ... Midland Dow's all-time leader in career points (1,524) and rebounds (875) ... A four-year letterwinner at Midland Dow High School for head coach Bob Wellman ... As a senior, averaged team-highs in points (22), rebounds (13) and blocks (2), while also adding three steals and two assists per game ... Shot nearly 60-percent from the field and over 70-percent from the foul line ... 2011 Saginaw News Player of the Year ... Led Midland Dow to a 19-1 record ... A four-time all-state selection, earning first-team honors as a senior, junior and sophomore ... A two-time Saginaw Valley League Most Valuable Player and a four-time first-team All-Saginaw Valley League selection ... As a junior, averaged 18.6 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 2.8 steals and 1.8 blocks, while leading Midland Dow to its first-ever Class A quarterfinals ... Collegiate Girls Basketball Report ranked her No. 27 overall and the No. 8 forward in the country ... Played AAU basketball for Midland Fast Break and coach Ron Peterson ... Also lettered in volleyball as a freshman and sophomore, and in track & field as a sophomore and junior ... Placed second in the Saginaw Valley League in the high jump as a junior, and qualified for the state championships as a sophomore and junior.
PERSONAL: Born Dec. 12, 1992 ... Daughter of Richard and Marybeth Mills ... Has one sister, Rachel ... A kinesiology major ... Member of the National Honor Society.
Points: 22, at Illinois (2/5/14)
Field Goals: 8, three times, last at Virginia Tech (12/7/13)
Free Throws: 8, at Illinois (2/5/14)
3-Point Field Goals: 3, vs. Penn State (1/6/13)
Rebounds: 11, twice, last vs. Minnesota (2/24/14)
Assists: 4, at Milwaukee (11/22/11)
Blocks: 5, twice, last vs. Ohio State (2/15/14)
Steals: 3, vs. Minnesota (2/24/14)
Minutes: 39, at Notre Dame (11/11/13)