Women's Basketball Knocks Off No. 19/16 Purdue 89-73
 
 
 
Redshirt freshman Branndais Agee contributed 10 points and three steals in 20 minutes off the bench.
 
Redshirt freshman Branndais Agee contributed 10 points and three steals in 20 minutes off the bench.
 
 

Feb. 2, 2014

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EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's basketball team picked up its third victory over a ranked team this afternoon, knocking off No. 19/16 Purdue, 89-73 at the Breslin Center. MSU utilized a balanced and efficient offensive effort, as five Spartans scored in double figures and the team shot 50.0% from the field.

The Spartans (15-7) remain alone in second place in the Big Ten at 7-2, while the Boilermakers fall to 15-7 overall and 5-5 in conference play.

Redshirt freshman Aerial Powers led the attack with her sixth double-double, posting 19 points and 11 rebounds, while also tying her season-high with five assists. Off the bench, junior Jasmine Hines had a season-high 16 points in 23 minutes, while senior Klarissa Bell and freshman Tori Jankoska each poured in 15 points. Jankoska also added a season- and game-high six assists, six rebounds and three steals. Redshirt freshman Branndais Agee had 10 points and a career-high three steals.

The Spartan offense was stagnant early, trailing 16-9 in the first seven minutes, while hitting just four of their first 13 shots. From there, Michigan State hit five of its next six shots to put together a 10-2 run in a two-minute spurt and take the lead. The game would go back-and-forth with four ties and five lead changes in the next six minutes, putting the score at 30-all with 4:15 on the clock. The Spartans would score the next five points, but a 3-pointer at the buzzer by KK Houser made it a one-point game at the half, 39-38.

 

 

Early in the second half, Michigan State put together a 14-4 run to go ahead 55-44. The Boilermakers got back within eight (59-51) with 10 and a half minutes left, but that was as close as they got. The Spartans answered with eight unanswered points and held a double-digit lead the rest of the way.

Michigan State shot 50.0% from the field, and held a 39-27 edge on the glass.

The Spartans hit the road on Wednesday to face Illinois at 8 p.m. ET.

POST-GAME NOTES:
- The Spartans' 7-2 start in Big Ten play is tied for the second-best in program history. The 1996-97 team won eight of its first nine games.
- The attendance of 13,172 was a season high and was the eighth-most in Spartan history.
- MSU's 89 points were its most in a Big Ten regular season game since scoring 101 vs. Northwestern on Feb. 3, 2005.
- MSU's 89 points were also its most ever in a game against Purdue.
- Michigan State has scored at least 80 points in 10 games this season, the third-best total in program history. The 1999-00 and 1996-97 teams reached that number 11 times.
- MSU has shot 50% or better in seven games this season, the most since the 2004-05 team did it seven times.
- The Spartans have 13 double-doubles this season, the most in a season since the 2006-07 team also had 13.
- Powers' six double-doubles are tied for the fourth-most by a Spartan freshman.
- Powers is now seventh on the Spartan freshman points list with 303, while Jankoska is 12th on that list with 267 points.
- Hines' eight field goals are a career high.
- Bell's 15 points were her most in a Big Ten game this season.
- Powers went 9-for-10 from the free throw line, setting a new season high for makes.
- The Spartans had 50 points in the paint today, their second most this season (54 vs. Rice).
- Today was the first time that MSU won while shooting less free throws than its opponent.