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McCutcheon's Career High Guides MSU Past No. 11 Maryland

Jan. 11, 2018

Box Score

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Taryn McCutcheon scored a career-high 25 points, and Michigan State surprised No. 11 Maryland 82-68 Thursday night to end the Terrapins' 13-game winning streak. The win was the Spartans first-ever over Maryland, as MSU is now 1-10 against the Terps.

PDF Box Score vs. Maryland

The loss was only Maryland's fourth loss since joining the Big Ten in 2015. The Spartans are only the second team in the B1G to beat Maryland along with Ohio State, which has three wins. Maryland is now 53-4 in league contests.

McCutcheon led all scorers with her first-ever 20-point game, ending with 25 points. She was solid from long range going 6-for-10. Redshirt sophomore Shay Colley had 17 points, seven rebounds and eight assists for Michigan State. Freshman forward Sidney Cooks also scored in double figures, adding 10 points.

Maryland was led by Brianna Fraser, who added 17 points off the bench. Eleanna Christinaki scored 13 points in the loss.

Michigan State improves to 13-5 overall and 3-2 in league contests, while Maryland stands 15-3 and 4-1 in B1G action.

Both teams got off to a fast start early in the game. Both junior forward Jenna Allen and Colley scored four points as MSU trailed 12-10 with under four to play in the opening period. After Maryland jumped out to a 15-10 lead, a McCutcheon trey cut the lead to one possessions 15-13. MSU tied the score with an Allen layup. The Spartans took their first lead 17-15 using a 7-0 run to end the first quarter.

MSU stretched it lead to 21-17 early in the second quarter. The Terps went cold from the field, going 0-for-9 from the field before a Kaila Charles layup. Another triple by McCutcheon gave MSU a seven-point advantage. A Kristen Confroy triple cut the lead to 30-26. McCutcheon continued to deliver from long distance with her third 3-pointer of the half, as Michigan State entered the locker room with the 38-31 lead.

The Spartans opened the second half with Nia Hollie's first career 3-pointer and a jumper by Cooks to jump out to a 43-31 advantage, leading to an early Maryland timeout. The Terrapins kept fighting and cut the lead to 43-42 with 4:36 left in the quarter. Michhigan State halted an 11-0 run with a fastbreak layup from Taya Reimer. The Spartans responded with a 10-0 run of their own to re-take the double-digit lead 53-43.

In the final quarter, the two teams continued to battle. Maryland was able to trim the lead to seven points, 63-56, but the Spartans were solid from the free throw line down the stretch to thwart a Terp comeback. MSU went 10-for-12 from the charity stripe in the final period.

Michigan State will now conclude its three-game road trip on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at Illinois at 9 p.m. (ET). The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.

MSU Notes vs. Maryland
• MSU's starting line-up of sophomore guard Taryn McCutcheon, redshirt-sophomore guard Shay Colley, sophomore guard/forward Nia Hollie, freshman forward Sidney Cooks and junior forward Jenna Allen is now 1-0. The Spartans have had seven different combinations so far this season. The lineup of Colley, McCutcheon, Lexi Gussert, Mardrekia Cook and Allen is 5-0. McCutcheon is the only Spartan to have started all 18 games. Redshirt-senior guard Branndais Agee has the most career starts in the Green and White with 71 career starts. McCutcheon has started every game during her two-year Spartan career with 51 starts.
• This was Michigan State's first-ever win against Maryland. The Spartans are now 1-10 against the Terps. MSU is just the second team to earn a Big Ten win against Maryland, along with Ohio State which has three wins against UMD.
• Sophomore guard Taryn McCutcheon set a new career high with 25 points. She ended the game going 6-for-10 from beyond the arc. The six treys were tied for seventh in the MSU record book. The last Spartan to drained six or 3-pointers was Tori Jankoska who made eight against Ohio State on Jan. 10, 2017.
• This is the third-straight game that the Spartans have registered double-digits with 10 steals. This was the ninth time this season that Michigan State has at least 10 steals. McCutcheon led the way with four takeaways, while Nia Hollie and Shay Colley added two.
• Freshman forward Sidney Cooks tied her career high with three blocks.
• For the second time this season, Colley came close to a triple-double with 17 points, seven rebounds and eight assists. Against Oakland on Nov. 13, she had 14 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists.



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