Taryn McCutcheon Scores 18 in Loss at Penn State
Sophomore guard Taryn McCutcheon ties a career-high with six made 3-pointers.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Sophomore guard Taryn McCutcheon scored a game-high 18 points as the Michigan State women’s basketball team fell to Penn State, 74-59, at Bryce Jordan Center on Sunday afternoon.
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Michigan State falls to 14-10 overall and 4-7 in league contests, having lost five straight. Penn State improves to 14-10 overall and 5-6 in Big Ten action.
McCutcheon tied her career high with six made treys, also adding five assists and four rebounds for the Spartans. Freshman forward Sidney Cooks was the other Spartan in double figures with 10 points and four boards. Cooks has now scored in double figures a team-leading 14 times. The Spartans were hampered by 20 turnovers.
Penn State had four players in double figures led by 16 points from Teniya Page.
After a fast Spartan start, the Lady Lions went on a 10-0 run to take a 17-9 advantage over Michigan State. Back-to-back buckets by senior forward Kennedy Johnson trimmed the deficit to 17-13 with under three left in the first period. Penn State used a 6-0 run to stretch its lead to 10 points at 23-13.
The Spartans scored the first six points of the second quarter to cut the gap to 25-24 with under eight to play in the period. Penn State used a string of runs to take control of the second quarter, while the Spartans conversely went cold in the second period, not scoring the final two minutes. The Lady Lions opened up a 44-30 lead at the half.
In the third quarter, the visiting Spartans were led by four points from senior forward Taya Reimer, as the Lady Lions out-scored the Spartans, 16-14. However, MSU doubled up PSU on the boards in the quarter, 10-5.
Michigan State scored the first five of the final period, looking to chip away at the Lady Lion lead. MSU could get as close as 11 points but not any closer as Penn State captured the win.
The Spartans will now head back to East Lansing to open a four-game homestand. MSU will host No. 11/10 Maryland on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
MSU Notes vs. Penn State
- Sophomore guard Taryn McCutcheon scored in double figures for the 10th time this season and the 15th time in her career. She ended the game with 18 points and five assists. McCutcheon tied her career high with six 3-pointers made. She also made six against Maryland on Jan. 11.
- Freshman forward Sidney Cooks scored 10 points for the Green and White, and also added four boards and one block. Cooks has scored in double figures a team-leading 14 times this year.
- MSU’s starting line-up of sophomore guard Taryn McCutcheon, redshirt-senior guard Branndais Agee, senior guard/forward Lexi Gussert, freshman forward Sidney Cooks and junior forward Jenna Allen was the first such fivesome. The Spartans have now had 10 different combinations so far this season. McCutcheon has started the most games with 23.
- Redshirt-senior guard Branndais Agee has the most career starts in the Green and White with 76 career starts. McCutcheon has started every game during her two-year Spartan career except one, with 56 starts.
- MSU had a 42-34 advantage on the glass. This was the first time that the Spartans had at least 40 rebounds since bringing down 41 boards against Ohio State on Jan. 27. Michigan State is now 9-4 when grabbing 41 or more rebounds.