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Spartans Nipped by Iowa in Overtime on National Girls and Women in Sports Day

Feb. 1, 2018

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EAST LANSING, Mich. - In a back-and-forth game with 13 ties and eight lead changes, Michigan State women's basketball fell to Iowa, 71-68, in overtime on Thursday at the Breslin Center on National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

MSU Box Score vs. Iowa

Twelve different Michigan State women's athletics teams were represented and honored at halftime.

Michigan State falls to 14-9 overall and 4-6 in league contests, having lost four straight. Iowa improves to 17-6 overall and 5-5 in league contests

Freshman forward Sidney Cooks led the team with 16 points and eight rebounds, earning her 13th double-figure scoring game of the season. Cooks now has 254 points during her rookie campaign which places her 15th among MSU freshmen. Senior-redshirt guard Branndais Agee added 14 points, eight rebounds and a season-high six steals. Sophomore guard Taryn McCutcheon had her third career double-double with 12 points and tied a career-high with 12 assists.

Iowa's Megan Gustafson led all scorers with 36 points and 17 rebounds.

Both teams came out hot in the first quarter as the score was knotted, 15-15, with 3:54 left in the first quarter. The Hawkeyes used a 7-0 run to end the quarter and took a 23-17 lead.

In the second quarter, senior guard/forward Lexi Gussert scored four-straight and MSU used a 6-0 run to cut the deficit to 28-25 with under seven minutes left in the half. Gustafson continued her strong half with seven points and five rebounds in the second quarter. Michigan State closed strong after Iowa took as big of a lead as 11 points, scoring seven-straight. An Agee trey at the buzzer cut the Hawkeye lead to 37-36 at the half.

The Spartans took their first lead of the second half after a McCutcheon 3-pointer at 45-43 with 3:10 remaining. Michigan State held the efficient Iowa offense to only nine points in the third quarter, as the teams entered the final 10 minutes tied at 46.

After a layup by Gustafson gave Iowa a 48-46 lead just eight seconds into the final frame of regulation, MSU went on an 8-1 run, sparked by an Agee jumper and capped by another jumper by Cooks for a 54-49 Spartan lead with 7:23 to go. The visiting Hawkeyes countered with a 9-4 spurt to pull even at 58-58 with 4:08 to play after a jumper by Kathleen Doyle. A bank-shot 3-pointer from the right wing by Gussert put the Spartans ahead 65-61 with 2:06 to go. However, Iowa charged back in the waning minutes, with a Gustafson jumper with 1:46 left and she hit two free throws with 8.8 seconds remaining. The Spartans tried to get a shot off before the buzzer, but a shot was blocked, sending the game to overtime.

In the extra session, redshirt-sophomore forward Victoria Gaines netted a long jumper from the corner at the 2:42 mark for a 67-65 lead. Gustafson countered with a jumper at 1:17 to even the score for the 13th and final time. Agee hit a free throw with 54 seconds left to put MSU ahead, 68-67, but that was the home team's last points, as Chase Coley hit a jumper with 7 seconds left and Gustafson put Iowa up 71-68 with 4.2 ticks to play. Again, the Spartans had another chance before the buzzer, but McCutcheon's long 3-pointer was off the mark.

Michigan State hits the road to take on Penn State on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. on BTN Plus.

MSU Notes vs. Iowa



  • Sophomore guard Taryn McCutcheon tallied a double-double for the Spartans, recording 12 points and 12 assists on the evening.
  • Redshirt-senior guard Branndais Agee had a season-high six steals, one shy of a career high.
  • Freshman forward Sidney Cooks collected at team-high 16 points for the Green and White also adding eight boards and one block. Cooks has scored in double figures a team-leading 12 times this year. 
  • 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 0-3. 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 22.
  • Redshirt-senior guard Branndais Agee has the most career starts in the Green and White with 75 career starts. McCutcheon has started every game during her two-year Spartan career except one, with 55 starts.
  • MSU grabbed 14 steals as a team, one steal shy of a season high. The season high for the team is 15 steals set against the College of Charleston on Nov. 19. This is the 10th time this season the team has swiped 10 or more steals.
  • The Spartans had three players scoring in double digits with Cooks leading the way with 16 points.

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