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Akyah Taylor
Akyah  Taylor

Class:
Graduate Student

Hometown:
Elkhart, Ind.

High School:
Elkhart Memorial

Last College:
Saint Francis

Height:
5-11

Position:
Forward


02/14/2016

No. 17 Michigan State Upset By Nebraska, 73-66, Sunday

Aerial Powers had 19 points and Jenna Allen added 14 on 7 of 10 shooting for the Spartans (18-7, 9-5).

02/14/2013

Balanced Effort Leads Spartans Past Indiana, 72-42

Bell paces MSU with 16 points as the Spartans won their seventh straight over IU.

01/20/2013

Johnson Leads Spartans Past Indiana, 56-46

Kiana Johnson posted 15 points, five assists and four steals in 36 minutes off the bench.

01/03/2013

Spartans Win Big Ten Opener Over Minnesota 66-51

Kiana Johnson and Jasmine Hines combine for 32 points off the bench.

12/16/2012

Spartans Return to Jenison Field House, Defeat IPFW 64-36

Pickrel paces MSU with 15 points, while Schiffauer posted her second straight double-double.

10/13/2012

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03/06/2016

No. 5 Maryland vs. No. 18 Michigan State

March 6, 2016 - Big 10 Tournament

01/16/2016

Iowa vs. No. 18 Michigan State

Jan. 16, 2016

Career Stats
2011-12 Game-by-Game Stats
2012-13 Game-by-Game Stats
2015-16 Game-by-Game Stats

Earned Defensive Player of the Year and Spartan Hustle awards at team banquet ... Returns to MSU after two seasons at Saint Francis in Indiana ... Pronounced A-kye-ya.

SENIOR (2015-16): Recorded her first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds against WMU (11/15) ... Posted 10 rebounds and four points against Georgia (11/18) ... Scored six points and recorded six rebounds with three assists against Idaho State (11/21) ... Scored four points and added three assists against Cincinati (11/27) ... Grabbed five rebounds against Baylor, including four on the offensive glass (11/28) ... Came off the bench and scored 10 points and added seven rebounds for the Spartans against Louisville (12/3/15) ... Shot 6-9 from the field and a perfect 3-3 from the free throw line against Loyola Chicago, good for a career-high 15 points and added a career-best 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season (12/6) ...  Scored five points, grabbed four rebounds and tallied a career-best four assists against Davidson (12/9) ... Shot 4-5 from the field against Oakland, scoring eight points and grabbing four rebounds (12/13) ... Shot 6-9 from the field and 5-8 from the free-throw line for a career-high 17 points against Northeastern (12/18) ... Grabbed seven rebounds and added three assists in 23 minutes against Wisconsin (1/3) ... Grabbed five rebounds and scored two points in 14 minutes against Penn State (1/7) ... Scored five points and grabbed seven rebounds in 15 minutes against Northwestern (1/10) ... Grabbed six rebounds, including five on the offensive glass, and scored five points in 24 minutes against Iowa (1/16) ... Grabbed eight boards and added three assists in 28 minutes against Purdue (1/27) ... Scored four points and worked for six rebounds, including four on the offesive glass at Wisconsin (1/31) ... Scored four points and grabbed eight rebounds to accompany four assists against Michigan (2/3) ... Scored eight points, shooting 4-6 from the field in 20 minutes at Iowa (2/7) ... Played 14 minutes against Penn State (2/11) ... Scored four points and grabbed three offensive rebounds at Nebraska (2/14) ... Recorded five rebounds and three assists in 20 minutes against Ohio State (2/27) ... In the Big Ten Tournament Semifinal against Ohio State (3/5),  played limited minutes, tying her career high with four assists and added four points ... Scored four points in the B1G Tournament Championship against Maryland (3/6) ... Scored two points and grabbed three rebounds against Belmont in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (3/18) ... Played 19 minutes and recorded one assist and one steal against Mississippi State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament (3/20) ...  The Spartans were 17-4 when Taylor was in the starting lineup.

SAINT FRANCIS (2013-15): As a junior, scored 706 points and finished with a 20.8 scoring average helping the Lady Cougars to the NAIA Championship Elite Eight ... Led the team in scoring 21 times ... Named to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division II Women's Basketball All-America Team ... Was also just the fifth player with 300 or more rebounds in a season, finishing with 307 in 2014-15, a 9.0 average ... As a sophomore, named to Siena Heights University Thanksgiving All-Tournament Team ... Scored 20 or more points in nine of 15 games ... Shot 58.4 percent while averaging 20.9 points per game ... Scored in double figures in 14 of 15 games played scoring season and career high 27 (12/7/13) over then top-ranked Indiana Wesleyan, scored 16 points in second half against IWU.

REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2012-13): Appeared in 16 games ... Averaged 1.6 points and 2.3 rebounds (including 1.0 offensive rebounds) in 7.8 minutes ... Shoot 52.4% (11-for-21) from the field ... Sat out the first nine games of the season for violation of NCAA guidelines ... Played 10 minutes in her season debut vs. IPFW (12/16), grabbing two rebounds ... Grabbed five rebounds in 12 minutes vs. Temple (12/29), adding her first career assist ... Grabbed six rebounds and posted three points in 13 minutes vs. Minnesota (1/3) ... Missed the Penn State (1/6) and Illinois (1/13) games due to illness ... Went 2-for-3 from the field, scoring four points in 10 minutes vs. Iowa (1/17) ... Matched her point total from her first five games with seven points, on 3-for-3 shooting, also grabbing three rebounds in a career-high 17 minutes at Indiana (1/20); her first game in her home state ... Grabbed six rebounds in 15 minutes at Nebraska (1/24) ... In eight minutes vs. Indiana (2/13), posted five points and four rebounds (two offensive) ... Picked up three rebounds in six minutes at Ohio State (2/25).

2011-12: Redshirted ... Saw action in only one game, scoring two points and grabbing two rebounds in five minutes at Florida Gulf Coast (11/19).

HIGH SCHOOL: Elkhart Memorial's all-time leading scorer with 1,719 points ... A four-year letterwinner at Elkhart Memorial High School for head coach Larry Fielstra ... Led the Crimson Chargers in scoring all four years, leading Elkhart Memorial to a 89-14 record, four Class 4A sectional and three Northern Lakes Conference championships ... As a senior, earned first-team all-state by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) and Indiana Coaches of Girls' Sports Association (ICGSA), and second-team all-state by the Associated Press ... During her senior season, paced the team in points (19.8), rebounds (9.9), assists, steals and blocks, leading Elkhart Memorial to a 23-2 record ... Member of the 2011 Indiana All-Star team; scored 12 points leading Indiana to victory of the Kentucky All-Stars ... As a junior, led the team in points (16.3), rebounds (8.5), steals (2.2) and blocks (1.4) ... An IBCA, ICGSA and Hoosier Basketball Magazine All-State selection ... A 2010 Indiana Junior All-Star ... As a sophomore, led Elkhart Memorial in points (18.1), rebounds (8.7), blocks (2.2) and field goal percentage (53.6%) ... In her first season, led the team with 14.7 points and a 51.5 field goal percentage, while also adding 6.3 rebounds per game ... A four-time first-team all-conference and three-time first-team all-area selection ... Played AAU basketball for the Indy Wildcats, coached by Cory Majors ... Earned two letters in track & field.

PERSONAL: Born March 16, 1993 ... Daughter of Robert Taylor and Tiana Joiner ... Has eight siblings - Aaliyah, Robert Jr., Abryntinia, Ja'riaha, ke'Anna, Victora, Victor and Sharia ... Majoring in criminal justice.

CAREER HIGHS:
Points: 17, vs. Northeastern (12/18/15)
Field Goals: 6, twice, last vs. Northeastern (12/18/15)
Free Throws: 5, vs. Northeastern (12/18/15) 
3-Point Field Goals:
Rebounds: 11, vs. Loyola Chicago (12/6/15)
Assists: 4, three times, last vs. Ohio State (3/6/16)
Blocks: 2, twice, last vs. Michigan (2/3/16)
Steals: 4, vs. Western Michigan (11/15/15)
Minutes: 35, vs. Georgia (11/18/15)