Colley Steers MSU Past Purdue, 82-68
Four different Spartans score in double figures in the Spartan win.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Behind a game-high 21 points from redshirt-sophomore guard Shay Colley, the Michigan State women's basketball team stopped Purdue, 82-68, at Mackey Arena on Saturday on the final day of the regular season.
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The Spartans have now won two-straight to end the regular season. MSU improves to 17-12 overall and 7-9 in Big Ten action, while Purdue falls to 18-12 overall and 9-7 in league play.
MSU had four players in double figures led by Colley's 21. She also added six rebounds and four assists. Junior center Jenna Allen, playing in her home state, scored 15 points, while sophomore guard Taryn McCutcheon added 14 points and five assists. Another Hoosier State native, senior forward Taya Reimer scored 11 points with five boards.
Purdue was led my 20 points from Dominique Oden, including 14 in the third period alone.
Michigan State forced two early Boilermaker turnovers with tough defense. Despite the early trouble, Purdue used a 6-0 run to take a 12-8 lead which was halted by Colley's first basket of the game. MSU responded nicely with a 9-0 run of its own to take a 18-12 advantage. Due in part to six points from McCutcheon, the Spartans led after the first quarter 20-14.
In the second quarter, the Spartans kept up the defensive pressure forcing 10 turnovers in the first half. After a laser pass from Agee, MSU took its first double-digit lead with a Reimer layup, 30-19. MSU kept Purdue off the scoreboard for over four minutes. The Spartans out-scored the Boilermakers 15-8 in the second period.
Both teams came out fast in the second half. Purdue trimmed the Spartan advantage to 52-50 with 2:19 left in the third after a McLaughlin jumper, leading to a MSU timeout. The Boilermakers tied the score, but a pair of free throws by Colley put MSU back on top, 54-52. Agee closed out the quarter with a 3-pointer, giving MSU the 57-52 lead.
The determined Spartans used a 10-0 run to re-take the double digit lead, 67-54. Colley was solid in the final period, scoring six-straight to help stretch the MSU margin. Colley scored 13 of her 21 points in the final 10 minutes of action.
The Spartans now await seeding in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis, Indiana Feb. 28-March 4.
MSU Notes vs. Purdue
• The starting lineup of sophomore guard Taryn McCutcheon, redshirt-sophomore guard Shay Colley, junior center Jenna Allen, redshirt-senior guard Branndais Agee and senior forward Taya Reimer are now 3-1. Colley made her first start since returning from injury on Feb. 14. Michigan State has a had 13 different starting lineups this season.
• With 21 points, Shay Colley now has two 20-point games this season.
• McCutcheon made her team-leading 28th start of the season, as part of her 61st of her career.
• Agee started her 19th game of the season and 81st of her career, the most among active Spartans.
• Reimer started for the ninth time this season and 42nd of her career.
• Agee played in her 132nd career game, now standing alone in the No. 8 spot on MSU's career games played list. She is one game away from tying Aisha Jefferson (2005-10) for the No. 7 spot.
• The six rebounds gives Agee 681 career rebounds, moving up to No. 14 on the Spartans' career rebounds list, passing current Director of Operations and Technology Julie (Pagel) Dombroski (2000-04), who had 677 boards during her career.
• With four 3-pointers Saturday, sophomore guard Taryn McCutcheon has drained two or more treys in each of the last eight games since missing a game for the first time in her Spartan career.