Spartans Topped By No. 10 Terps Thursday
Redshirt-sophomore Victoria Gaines leads MSU with 16 points.
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Despite three Spartans scoring in double figures the Michigan State women’s basketball team was edged by No. 10 Maryland, 76-68, on Thursday night at the Breslin Center.
PDF Box Score vs. Maryland
Michigan State falls to 14-11 overall and 4-8 in league contests, having lost five straight. Penn State improves to 14-10 overall and 5-6 in Big Ten action.
Redshirt-sophomore forward Victoria Gaines led the team in scoring with 16 points to go along with six rebounds. She is the 10th different Spartan to lead the team in scoring this season. Senior forward Taya Reimer recorded her first double-double of the season and fourth of her career with 15 points and 11 board, coming off the bench. Redshirt-senior guard Branndais Agee was the third MSU player in double figures with 14 points.
Maryland had five players in double figures led by 19 points and 11 rebounds from Kaila Charles.
Visiting UMD used an early 6-0 run to take an 11-4 lead, heading into the first media timeout. Back-to-back 3-pointers from McCutcheon trimmed the Terp lead, 17-15. The final 3-pointer came at the buzzer at the end of the first period.
Early in the second quarter Gaines’ second trey of the game gave MSU its first lead at 18-17. After MSU took the lead, Maryland used an 8-0 run to pull ahead, 25-18, before a pair of Reimer free throws stopped the run. Despite shooting only 34 percent in the first half, the Spartans trailed by only seven at halftime, 36-29.
Sophomore guard Taryn McCutcheon led MSU with eight points in the first half, while Gaines added six, both on 3-pointers.
Early in the third quarter, a 7-0 Terp run pushed the visitor’s advantage to 52-35 with 5:48 remaining in the period. Maryland dominated the third quarter, out-scoring the Spartans, 25-16, and forcing seven Michigan State turnovers.
The Spartans scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter to trim the lead to single digits, 61-52. A Branndais Agee trey with 33 seconds left MSU cut the lead to five points at 71-66, but Michigan State would not get any closer as Maryland went 9-for-12 in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
Michigan State continues its four-game homestand on Sunday, Feb. 11, taking on No. 21/20 Michigan at 12 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN2.
MSU Notes vs. Maryland
- Senior forward Kennedy Johnson made her first career start Thursday.
- MSU’s starting line-up of freshman forward Sidney Cooks, sophomore guard Taryn McCutcheon, senior guard Branndais Agee, sophomore forward Nia Hollie and senior forward Kennedy Johnson was the first such quintet this season as part of the Spartans’ 11th different starting lineup this season.
- Redshirt-sophomore forward Victoria Gaines netted a career-high three 3-pointers on the way to a season-high 16 points, just two off her career-best 18 ... it was Gaines’ fourth double-figure scoring outing this season and seventh of her career.
- Senior forward Taya Reimer tallied her first double-double of the season and fourth of her career with 15 points and a season-high 11 rebounds ... Reimer netted her third 3-pointer of the season and career ... it was Reimer’s ninth double-figure scoring outing of the season and 23rd of her career, as well as her first double-digit rebounding game of the season and sixth of her career.
- Senior guard Branndais Agee posted 14 points, marking her sixth double-figure outing in the last seven games as part of her 16th double-figure game this season and 65th of her career ... with three steals Thursday, Agee now has three or more swipes in three of the last four games.
- Agee now has 1,180 career points, just one point shy of Rene Haynes (2003-07) for No. 18 on the Spartans’ career scoring list ... with four rebounds Thursday, Agee now has 652 boards, moving up to tie for No. 16 on the MSU career rebounding list with Aisha Jefferson (2005-10) ... Agee has now played in 128 games and started for the 77th game of her career, moving up to tie for No. 15 on MSU’s career games played list with Kelli Roehrig (2001-05).
- Sophomore guard Taryn McCutcheon has started in all 24 games she played in this season, missing one with an injury ... McCutcheon now has started in all 57 games she’s played in of her MSU career.
- With three assists Thursday, McCutcheon now has 297 for her career, just three shy of becoming the 15th Spartan women’s basketball player to reach the 300 assists plateau, and with her 300th helper, she’d tie current Spartan graduate assistant coach Kalisha Keane.