INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Michigan State women’s basketball run in the Big Ten Tournament came to an end on Saturday night when the Spartans fell to No. 4 Maryland, 100-89, in the semifinals, Mar. 4. Michigan State’s record dropped to 21-11, while Maryland improved to 29-2. The Terrapins, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, will advance into Sunday’s Big Ten Championship game against Purdue.
MSU vs. Maryland Boxscore
Tori Jankoska netted 31 points, a Michigan State Big Ten Tournament record, including seven three-pointers, and added five rebounds to lead her squad, which fought to keep pace with the Maryland attack. Branndais Agee shot 4-of-6 from beyond the arc to post 24 points, while Taya Reimer added 14 points and Jenna Allen contributed 10 to give MSU four double-figure scorers in every game of the tournament.
Maryland was led by 32 points and nine rebounds from Brionna Jones, 22 points from Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, and 18 each from Kaila Charles and Destiny Slocum on the night.
The Spartans finished the game shooting 53.1 percent in the game and 41.4 percent from three, but Maryland countered with 59.7 percent from the floor and a sharp 57.1 percent from distance. Maryland out-rebounded MSU by a 34-27 margin.
Michigan State got an early pair of threes from Jankoska and held a 10-8 advantage after the first four minutes of the opening quarter. Maryland’s Kaila Charles sank a three to start a 10-0 run for the Terps that allowed them to open up an eight-point lead, 18-10 with just over three minutes to play. A pair of jumpers by Allen, one by Reimer, and a three by Victoria Gaines brought the Spartans back within a point 18-17, but a layup by Brianna Fraser gave Maryland a 20-17 edge at the end of the first quarter.
Maryland opened the second quarter with a 10-4 run that allowed them to open up a nine-point advantage. Trailing 32-23, MSU got a bucket from Reimer and another three-pointer from Jankoska to trim it to 32-28. Slocum missed one of her two free throws after Jankoska was whistled for a foul and Taryn McCutcheon sank a pair of free throws 20 seconds later to bring MSU within three, 33-30. The Terrapins outscored the Spartans 14-3 over the rest of the quarter for a 47-34 halftime lead. Maryland shot a 66 percent from the floor in the half, while Michigan State shot 43 percent from the field.
MSU held the hot hand early in the third, getting a pair of Agee threes, a jumper from Jenna Allen, and another Jankoska trey to force Maryland into a time out, as their lead shrunk to just six points (55-49). Maryland responded immediately out of the break with baskets by Jones and Walker-Kimbrough to make it 10, but Jankoska’s fifth three kept the Spartans within striking distance. Jones countered for the Terps on the fast break, making it a 61-52 ballgame with 3:28 to play in the third quarter. Maryland took a 64-52 lead on a three-pointer by Slocum with 2:29 to go in the quarter, but Jankoska and the Spartans kept clawing away, trimming it to 66-60 with an 8-4 run fueled by threes from the senior captain, Agee, and a bucket from Gaines. The No. 4 Terps scored the final five points of the quarter to lead 71-60.
Leading 73-60 just over a minute into the fourth, Maryland watched its lead whittled down to six with a 9-2 Spartan run to make 75-69.
Six points was as close as the Spartans would get the rest of the way. With an 83-75 lead Maryland went on an 11-2 run that extended their lead out to 17 at 94-77, with the last two buckets coming from Destiny Slocum. Jankoska drew a pair of and-one’s in an 8-0 run that trimmed it back down to single digits at 94-85, but the Terrapins never let the Spartans cut the gap any farther to drop the contest 100-89.
The Spartans now wait for the NCAA Tournament selection show, which will be held Monday, March 13.
- For the second-straight season, Maryland eliminated Michigan State from the Big Ten Tournament. Last season, the Terrapins defeated the Spartans in the championship game 60-44.
- The Spartans have advance to the semifinals four times in the last five seasons. Overall, MSU is 3-10 in the semifinals.
- Senior guard Tori Jankoska broke the Michigan State single-season scoring record with 31 points against Maryland. With 720 points this season, Jankoska broke Aerial Powers single-season record of 697 set last season. This is the third-straight season that this record has been broken with Powers breaking the record during the 2014-15 season.
- MSU falls to 14-2 this season when at least three players scored in double figures. Tori Jankoska (31), Branndais Agee (24), Taya Reimer (14) and Jenna Allen (10) all scored in double figures.
- The two teams combined for a Big Ten Tournament record 58 points the fourth quarter. Both teams scored 29 points in the stanza.
- During the three games of the Big Tournament, Jankoska led the team averaging 22.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Branndais Agee averaged 16.7 points, while Taya Reimer scored 10.0 points to go along with 8.0 rpg.
- Jankoska tied Aerial Powers and Liz Shimek for the Michigan State record with 31 points in the Big Ten Tournament. Powers scored 31 in MSU’s semifinal win over Ohio State last season. Shimek scored 31 against Iowa in 2006.
- Jankoska broke the MSU record for 3-pointers in a game. Jankoska ended the game with seven from beyond the arc, while Agee addded five, which tied the previous record. MSU shot 44.6 percent from the field and 39.3 percent from beyond the arc.
- Agee tallied double-figure points for the 16th time this season with 24 points and the Spartans are 11-5 when Agee scores in double figures.
- Taya Reimer has scored in double-figures 14 times this season after her 14-point performance tonight.
- The Spartans have had six different starting lineups in the 32 games of regular-season. Senior Tori Jankoska, graduate student Taya Reimer along with freshman Taryn McCutcheon have started all 32 games so far this season. Redshirt senior guard Branndais Agee has started 27 games this season. Redshirt freshman Victoria Gaines has started 20 games, while junior Lexi Gussert has started three games. Sophomore Jenna Allen has started a trio of games this season. Sophomore Hana Vesela has started two games, while freshman Nia Hollie has started six contests. The Spartans have had the same starting lineup the last 18 games.