Akyah Taylor
Akyah  Taylor

Graduate Student

Elkhart, Ind.

High School:
Elkhart Memorial

Last College:
Saint Francis




Balanced Effort Leads Spartans Past Indiana, 72-42

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


Johnson Leads Spartans Past Indiana, 56-46

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


Spartans Win Big Ten Opener Over Minnesota 66-51

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


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

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


The Suzy Merchant Show: Spartan Women's Basketball All-Access

Season 1, Episode 5


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

Returns to MSU after two seasons at Saint Francis in Indiana ... Pronounced A-kye-ya.

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.

Points: 7, at Indiana (1/20/13)
Field Goals: 3, at Indiana (1/20/13)
Free Throws: 1, three times, last vs. Indiana (2/13/13)
3-Point Field Goals:
Rebounds: 6, twice, last at Nebraska (1/24/13)
Assists: 1, four times, last at Penn State (2/10/13)
Steals: 1, six times, last vs. Wisconsin (3/3/13)
Minutes: 17, at Indiana (1/20/13)