Women's Basketball Rolls Past Iowa, 88-72
Jan. 17, 2014
IOWA CITY, Iowa - The Michigan State women's basketball team started fast and never trailed en route to a decisive 88-72 victory at Iowa on Thursday night. The Spartans (12-5), who have won six-straight overall and are alone in first place at 4-0 in the Big Ten, picked up a victory in Iowa City for the first time since 2007. It was the lone meeting of the season between MSU and Iowa (14-5, 2-3).
Five Spartans scored in double figures, led by 20 points from redshirt freshman Aerial Powers. Powers was 7-for-9 from the field, also adding eight rebounds in 28 minutes. Freshman Tori Jankoska poured in 19 points off the bench in 25 minutes, hitting all three of her 3-pointers, and adding three assists with no turnovers.
Senior Annalise Pickrel was also hot from behind the arc, going 4-for-6, as she totaled 16 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Classmate Klarissa Bell had a solid night with 12 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals. Junior Kiana Johnson orchestrated the Spartan offense with eight assists, while adding 10 points and three steals.
The Spartans began the night by hitting seven of their first nine shots to open up a 15-8 lead at the first media timeout (15:32). The two teams would match possessions until MSU ran off 11-straight points, including 8-in-a-row from Jankoska, over a 3-minute span to open up a 20-point lead (38-18) with 6:11 until halftime. Michigan State would keep up the offensive efficiency, ending the half on a Becca Mills jumper to go into the break ahead 49-28.
MSU shot 54.3% from the field, including 5-for-9 (55.6%) from 3-point, in the first half.
Iowa attempted to get back into the game in the early minutes of the second half, cutting the deficit to 15 (57-42) with 13:38 to go. However, Michigan State quieted the crowd by going on a 14-2 run over the next 3:50 to put its stamp on the night. The Spartan lead would grow to as high as 29, before the Hawkeyes chipped away in the final minutes.
The Spartans return home to face No. 16/17 Penn State on Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2.
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