Women's Basketball Topped by Illinois, 61-51
Jan. 23, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The offensive struggles continued for the Michigan State women's basketball team tonight, as the Spartans lost to Illinois, 61-51 at the Breslin Center. MSU drops its second-straight game to fall to 4-2 in the Big Ten and 12-7 overall. Junior Becca Mills led the Spartans with 17 points.
Mills scored the first seven Spartan points as MSU jumped out to a 7-4 lead in the first four minutes. With the Spartans up 13-9 with 13:23 on the clock, Illinois (9-10, 2-4) ran off seven-straight points over a span of five and a half minutes to take its first lead. However, MSU quickly responded with an 11-3 run of its own to go back ahead 24-19 with 3:42 until halftime. The Illini chipped away but a layup by Tori Jankoska gave Michigan State a 28-25 halftime lead.
For the second-straight game, the Spartans struggled offensively in the second half. MSU managed only 23 points, shooting 31.0% from the field and 1-for-12 from 3-point.
Michigan State started the half by scoring the first five points to go ahead 33-25 and would maintain a six-point lead (38-32) with under 13 minutes left. Illinois slowly chipped away to retake the lead. An Annalise Pickrel layup tied the game at 46 with 4:21 on the clock, but that was the last Spartan field goal for three minutes. The Fighting Illini ran off 11-consecutive points during that stretch to take over the game.
The Spartans return to action on Sunday, traveling to Ohio State for a 12:30 p.m. tip on Big Ten Network.
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