Feb. 10, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Michigan State women's basketball lost 71-56 at No. 8 Penn State on Sunday at Bryce Jordan Center. The Spartans, who drop to 18-5 overall and 6-4 in the Big Ten, were led by 16 points from junior Annalise Pickrel. The Nittany Lions improve to 20-3, 10-1 on the year.
Pickrel went 6-for-12 from the field, including 3-for-8 from the 3-point arc, in 26 minutes off the bench. Senior Courtney Schiffauer had nine points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Classmate Jasmine Thomas led the squad with five assists, while adding eight points and two steals.
The Spartans maintained a lead for most of the first half, leading by as much as nine (20-11) with 7:36 to go in the first half. PSU scored the next eight points, but MSU responded with back-to-back baskets to go back up five, 24-19 with 5:13 on the clock. The Spartans would miss their last six field goal attempts of the half, as the Nittany Lions closed on a 13-3 run to go up 32-27 at the break.
Penn State would blow the game open early in the second half, going up 19 (53-34) with 12:15 to go. The Spartans battled back to get within eight (62-54) with under four minutes to go, but did not get any closer, falling 71-56.
The Spartans return to action on Wednesday, hosting Indiana at 7 p.m.