No. 21 Women's Basketball Rolls Past Minnesota, 75-61
Feb. 24, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - No. 21 Michigan State women's basketball jumped out early and never looked back, cruising to a 75-61 victory over Minnesota on Monday night at the Breslin Center. Freshman Tori Jankoska led the Spartans (19-8, 11-3) with 21 points, while senior Klarissa Bell dished out a career-high 10 assists and junior Becca Mills had a double-double.
With the win and Nebraska's victory over Penn State, there is now a three-way tie in the loss column atop the Big Ten. PSU (12-3) has one game remaining, while MSU (11-3) and Nebraska (11-3) end with two more games this week.
With the Golden Gophers (17-11, 6-8) leading 7-6 in the early minutes, Michigan State (19-8) went on a 19-4 run over an eight-minute stretch to jump ahead 25-11. The Spartans maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the half, going into the break up 44-33. MSU shot 58.1% in the opening half, including 7-for-11 (63.6%) from 3-point.
The Spartan lead grew to as many as 18 (62-44) midway through the half, before Minnesota went on an 11-2 run to get back within single-digits at 64-55 with 3:54 to go. MSU scored seven of the next 10 points to gain back control of the game and go home with the victory.
Jankoska scored 16 of her 21 points in the first half, having shot 7-for-14 from the field and 4-for-8 from 3-point on the night. She also added five assists, while playing all 40 minutes. Bell had a solid night with nine points, three blocks and two steals to go along with her career-high 10 assists.
Mills had 11 points and a career-high 11 rebounds for her second career double-double, while also added a career-high three steals in only 28 minutes. Junior Jasmine Hines was also crucial off the bench with 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting.
The Spartans had a season-high 23 assists on 30 made field goals, while shooting 49.2% from the field.
Michigan State hits the road on Thursday for its final road game of the regular season, visiting Northwestern for a 9 p.m. ET tip on Big Ten Network.
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