Sold-Out Crowd Packs Breslin Center to Tip off Basketball Season
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.
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. Hampton (USATSI)
Michigan State vs. Nebraska (USATSI)
Michigan State @ Ohio State
Michigan State @ Florida State
2010-11 Game-by-Game Stats
2011-12 Game-by-Game Stats
2012-13 Game-by-Game Stats
2013-14 Game-by-Game Stats
First Spartan to win two Big Ten regular season championships ... Earned her first All-Big Ten recognition as a senior, being named to the second team ... Appeared in 126 games (starting 53), averaged 7.1 points and 4.1 rebounds in 21.8 minutes ... Finished her Spartan career in fifth place in career 3-point field goal percentage (35.8%), seventh in career 3-point field goals made (138), eighth in blocks (82) and 14th in games played (126) ... Won 94 games, the sixth-most in a four-year span in program history ... Ranked top-15 in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage and 3-point field goals made in each of her last two seasons.
SENIOR (2013-14): Second-Team All-Big Ten by the coaches and Honorable Mention All-Big Ten by the media ... Shared MSU's Player of the Year and Spartan Hustle awards at the team banquet ... Co-captain ... Started all 33 games ... Second on the team with 12.4 points (25th in the Big Ten) and 6.8 rebounds (12th in the conference), while also leading the team in blocks (1.2, 12th in the Big Ten) and third with 2.6 assists in a team-best 33.6 minutes ... Averaged career highs in points, rebounds, assists and blocks ... Her 1,108 minutes played were the ninth most in a single-season ... Shot 46.2% from the floor, 37.2% from the arc (best on the team and 11th in the Big Ten) and 75.9% from the foul line ... Second on the team and 13th in the Big Ten with 1.6 3-pointers per game ... Second on the team with 1.9 offensive rebounds ... Five double-doubles ... Posted her first career double-double in the season opener at No. 6 Notre Dame (11/11) with 11 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, also adding a team-best five assists in 39 minutes; First Spartan since Kalisha Keane on Dec. 8, 2007 to tally at least 10 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in a game ... Was perfect from the field (5-for-5), including hitting all three 3-pointers, to score 13 points vs. Canisius (11/14), also added seven rebounds and a team-best five assists ... Tied her career high with 21 points vs. No. 23/21 Dayton (11/17), going 7-for-10 from the field and 7-for-8 from the free throw line, while adding seven rebounds ... Scored 14 points, including 12 in the second half, in only 20 minutes vs. Rice (11/23) ... Had 18 points at Temple (11/26) ... Had 15 points, including 3-for-3 from the 3-point line, vs. IPFW (12/1) ... Led MSU with 20 points at Florida State (12/4), going 8-for-14 from the field and 4-for-8 from 3-point, while also adding nine rebounds in 40 minutes ... Had a team-high four assists and three steals in 40 minutes at Virginia Tech (12/7) ... Had 20 points and nine rebounds vs. Oakland (12/15), going 6-for-8 from the field and 5-for-6 from behind the arc ... Scored a team-high 15 points vs. No. 13 Oklahoma State (12/19) in the Puerto Rico Classic, also adding seven rebounds and four assists ... Set a career high with four blocks vs. Georgetown (12/20) in the Puerto Rico Classic, adding nine points, eight rebounds and three steals ... Posted her second career double-double, tying for the team lead with 17 points, including 4-for-6 from 3-point, and adding 10 rebounds vs. No. 16/14 Nebraska (1/9) ... Led MSU with 16 points and a career-high eight assists (with only one turnover) at Michigan (1/12), also addng six rebounds and two blocks ... Named to the Big Ten Player of the Week Honor Roll on Jan. 12 ...Scored 16 points, including 4-for-6 from 3-point, and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds at Iowa (1/16) ... Led MSU with 17 points vs. No. 16/17 Penn State (1/19) ... Had nine points and 10 rebounds vs. Illinois (1/23) ... Posted her third double-double of the season at Ohio State (1/26) with 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds, also adding four assists and two blocks ... Led MSU in points (14), rebounds (8) and assists (4) vs. Wisconsin (1/30); first Spartan since Klarissa Bell on Nov. 11, 2012 to lead in all three categories ... Led MSU in points (17), rebounds (11) and assists (6) vs. Ohio State (2/15) for the second time in five games; first Spartan since Lykendra Johnson (2010-11) to do it twice in the same season ... Posted a solid line of eight rebounds, four assists and a season-high three steals vs. Minnesota (2/24) ... Had her fifth double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds at Northwestern (2/27), while also adding three assists and three blocks ... In her final game at Breslin Center, had 14 points, seven rebounds and two blocks vs. Indiana (3/2) ... Led MSU with 18 points and seven rebounds, while also adding four assists, vs. Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals (3/7) ... Tied her career high with 21 points vs. Hampton (3/23) in the NCAA Tournament First Round, shooting perfect from the field (7-for-7), the 3-point line (3-for-3) and the free throw line (4-for-4); her points were the eighth most by a Spartan in an NCAA Tournament game.
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 ... Earned her degree in May 2014 in family community services
Points: 21, three times, last vs. Hampton (3/23/14)
Field Goals: 8, vs. Florida State (12/4/13)
Free Throws: 7, twice, last at Temple (11/26/13)
3-Point Field Goals: 5, twice, last vs. Oakland (12/15/13)
Rebounds: 12, at Notre Dame (11/11/13)
Assists: 8, at Michigan (1/12/14)
Blocks: 4, vs. Georgetown (12/20/13)
Steals: 4, at Northwestern (1/31/13)
Minutes: 42, vs. Texas Tech (12/20/12)