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Spartan Women Drop 4OT Heartbreaker to Indiana in B1G Tournament

March 1, 2018

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INDIANAPOLIS - In the longest game in Big Ten Tournament history, the No. 10-seeded Michigan State women's basketball team dropped a four overtime heartbreaker to No. 7-seeded Indiana, 111-109 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis Thursday in the first round.

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The game was also the longest in Michigan State history topping triple overtime games in 2016 and 1991.

Indiana's Amanda Cahill drained a pair of free throws with three seconds remaining in the fourth overtime to put the Hoosiers up 111-109. After a MSU timeout, the Spartans were unable to get the game-tying basket as IU held on for the win.

The Spartans fall to 17-13 overall, while the Hoosiers improve to 17-13. Indiana will take on No. 2-seeded Maryland tomorrow at 6:30 p.m.

Michigan State had career highs from redshirt-sophomore guard Shay Colley who had 27 points and senior forward Taya Reimer, who added 22. Sophomore guard Taryn McCutcheon scored 21, while senior guard Branndais Agee (16) and redshirt-sophomore Victoria Gaines (13) both scored in double figures.

The Hoosiers were led by a career-high 38 points from Cahill, while Tyra Buss added 24 points.

Indiana got off a fast start, scoring nine of the game's first 11 points. A 3-pointer by freshman Sidney Cooks cut the IU advantage to 9-5 with 7:22 left in the quarter. A Cahill free throw with under a minute left in the quarter put IU up 26-16. Indiana was hot from long distance early going 3-for-5 in the period, while Cahill scored 11 points.

In the second quarter, the long-range shots from the Hossiers continued to fall. Using a 3-pointer from McCutcheon, the Spartans cut the Indiana lead to 45-35. With under 20 second left in the half, McCutcheon scored her fifth-straight point as MSU trailed at the half, 45-37.

The second half started with four points apiece from Colley an Agee. After a hard-fought Reimer bucket, MSU pulled within one point, 51-50 with 5:17 left in the third period. A over three-minute scoring drought was halted by Agee with under a minute left.

With 4:34 left in regulation, the Spartans took their first lead of the game after a pair of Colley free throws, 66-65. With less than 10 seconds left on the clock, Agee earned the clutch steal, giving MSU one last chance in regulation. The Agee layup didn't falling sending MSU to overtime for the third time this season.

The teams continued to battle through the first three overtimes. In the second OT, Colley gave MSU the 91-89 lead with four seconds left, but as time expired Cahill tied the game for the ninth time. Colley once again put MSU on top in the third overtime, 99-97 with 40 second remaining, but again the Hoosiers had the answer on a Bendu Yeaney layup to tie the score 99-99.

MSU Notes vs. Indiana - Big Ten Tournament
• This was the first four overtime game in Big Ten Tournament history. Thursday was MSU's third OT game in B1G Tournament history and second multi-OT conference tournament game. The Spartans have split the previous two tournament OT games, losing 92-89 to Ohio State in 2002, and beating Illinois, 61-50, in 2005. Most OTs in college or pro game in Bankers Life Fieldhouse history.
• The game was the longest in Michigan State history after a pair of triple overtime games in 2016 and 1991. The Spartans are now 1-2 in games with at least three overtimes.
• 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 3-2. This was the second-straight game that this lineup has begun a game.
• McCutcheon made her team-leading 29th start of the season, as part of her 62nd of her career.
• Agee started her 20th game of the season and 82nd of her career, the most among active Spartans.
• Reimer started for the 10th time this season and 43rd of her career.
• McCutcheon set a new high for points in a Big Ten Tournament game with 21 against Indiana. Her previous high was 10 points against Wisconsin in the first round last season.
• Agee played in her 133rd career game. She is now tied for No. 7 MSU's career games played list with Aisha Jefferson (2005-10).
Taryn McCutcheon got into double figures for the 15th time this season with her 21 points, making it the second time with more than 20 points as well.
• With 16 points and 17 rebounds, Agee earned her fourth double-double of the season.
• With four blocked shots, Sidney Cooks etched her name in the record book by tying Lykendra Johnson for the third spot in the most shots blocked in a season by a freshman at MSU category.



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