Allen, Cooks Lead MSU in Road Loss to No. 12 Ohio State
Junior Jenna Allen leads the Spartans with 16 points, freshman Sidney Cooks nets 14.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A fourth-quarter surge by No. 12 Ohio State pushed the Buckeyes passed the Michigan State women's basketball team, 78-62, on Saturday afternoon at OSU's Value Center Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
Junior center Jenna Allen led the Spartans in scoring with 16 points and added five rebounds. Freshman forward Sidney Cooks recorded 14 points and six boards. MSU welcomed back sophomore guard Taryn McCutcheon, who missed one game due to injury, and senior guard/forward Lexi Gussert, who missed five games due to injury. McCutcheon added nine points and six assists
Ohio State was led by 23 points from All-American Kelsey Mitchell, including eight in the fourth quarter to spark the Buckeyes' late surge to pull away, and became the Big Ten's all-time leading scorer, while Linnae Harper added 22, with 10 in the fourth quarter.
Michigan State falls to 14-8 overall and 4-5 in league contests, having lost three straight, including the last two to Top 20 ranked teams. Ohio State ends a three-game losing streak, improving to 16-5 overall and 6-3 in Big Ten action.
Cooks scored the first eight points for Michigan State before Allen drained a end pair of free throws to cut the OSU lead to 13-10 with less then four minutes left in the first quarter. After a McCutcheon 3-pointer, the Spartans got within one point, 16-15 at the end of the first period.
MSU took its first lead of the afternoon at 20-19 following an Allen trey. The Buckeyes then went on a 7-0 run to take a 26-20 advantage with 4:33 left in the half. The Spartans ended a cold streak with five-straight points to pull within one with two minutes left in the period.
At halftime, Cooks led Michigan State with 10 points and four rebounds, while added seven points. The Spartans held the advantage on the boards, 24-19, in the first 20 minutes.
In the third quarter, Ohio State took as big a lead as eight points, but the relentless Spartans chipped away. With time ticking away in the quarter, a layup by Cooks got MSU within three at 50-47.
A 12-0 run by the Buckeyes sealed the win for Ohio State, who used a pair of runs to out-score MSU, 28-15, in the final 10 minutes of the game.
MSU shot 37.3 percent from the field (25-of-67) for the game, while going 31.3 percent from beyond the arc (5-for-16). The Spartans were 7-of-8 from the charity stripe, which was good for 87.5 percent.
After playing five of their last six games on the road, the Spartans return home to the Breslin Center take on Iowa on Thursday, Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. on the Big Ten Network. MSU will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day.
MSU Notes vs. Ohio State
MSU's starting line-up of sophomore guard Taryn McCutcheon, redshirt-senior guard Branndais Agee, sophomore guard/forward Nia Hollie, freshman forward Sidney Cooks and junior forward Jenna Allen is now 0-2, after McCutcheon returned to action and the Spartan lineup after missing the last game with an inury. The Spartans have had nine different combinations so far this season. The lineup of Colley, McCutcheon, Lexi Gussert, Mardrekia Cook and Allen is 5-0. McCutcheon has started the most games with 20.
Redshirt-senior guard Branndais Agee has the most career starts in the Green and White with 74 career starts. McCutcheon has started every game during her two-year Spartan career except one, with 54 starts.
Junior center Jenna Allen led the Spartans in scoring for the third time this season. She has scored in double figures 11 times this season.
Freshman forward Sidney Cooks scored the first eight points of the game for the Spartans. She ended the afternoon with 14 points and six rebounds. Cooks has scored in double figures a team-leading 12 times this year.
Agee was one rebound shy of her third double-double of the season. She ended the game with 10 points and nine boards.
Prior to the loss Saturday, Michigan State had won three-straight games against Ohio State.
After missing five games with a fractured elbow, Michigan State welcomed back senior guard Lexi Gussert.