Colley Comes Up Clutch in Second Round WNIT Over Toledo
Redshirt-sophomore guard Shay Colley lifts MSU past the Rockets with last-second game-winner.
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Shay Colley's layup with less than two seconds left lifted the Spartan women's basketball team over Toledo in the second round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT), 68-66, on Monday at the Breslin Center.
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The Rockets tied the score for the fifth time of the night at 66-66 with a layup by Tanaya Beacham. After a Toledo timeout, Colley took control and delivered the game-winning shot.
With the win, MSU improves to 19-13 this season and advances to the third round, where the Spartans will play at South Dakota on Thursday. Toledo ends its year with an overall record of 18-15.
Coming off the bench after missing a game with an injury, freshman forward Sidney Cooks led the Spartans with 15 points. Colley added 14 points and four assists for MSU, while senior forward Taya Reimer scored in double figures for the third-straight game with 10 points. Sophomore guard Taryn McCutcheon tallied nine points to go with dishing out six assists.
Toledo was led by 16 points from Kaayla McIntyre, who had a double-double with 10 boards.
For the second-straight game, the Spartans started off strong, jumping out to a 12-5 advantage mid-way through the first quarter. After taking as big a lead as nine points in the first quarter, the Rockets came on and trimmed the score to 19-15 at the end of the period.
In the second quarter, Toledo used a 7-0 run to take its first lead of the game, 24-23 with 4:45 left in the period. Cooks became the first player in double figures scoring her 10th point of the game with a minute left in the half. Despite Cooks ending the half with a game-high 12 points, the Rockets were leading on the scoreboard, 33-32.
The Spartans started to gain momentum midway through the third period. Michigan State's defense caused four turnovers in 2:11 as the Spartans chipped away at the Rocket lead. Colley scored her sixth bucket of the quarter as MSU re-took the advantage 41-40 with 3:12 left in the period, but the visitor's pulled away for a 48-45 lead entering the final quarter.
MSU stormed out of the gates, scoring the first four points of the fourth quarter to take a 49-48 lead. However, the Rockets retaliated with a 7-2 spurt to take a 55-51 lead with 6:43 left. McIntyre had an three-point play at the 4:59 mark for a 58-57 advantage. However, that would be Toledo's final lead, as the Spartans scored the next five points, including an old-fashioned three-point play by senior guard Branndais Agee.
After Colley gave MSU a 66-62 lead with 18 seconds to play, Toledo scored with 12 seconds left and then fouled on the in-bounds pass. MSU missed the free throw and the Rockets scored with nine ticks left, setting up Colley's game-winning heroics.
Michigan State will now hit the road for the third round, traveling to Vermillion, South Dakota to face the University of South Dakota on Thursday, March 22 at 8 p.m. ET.
Postgame Notes vs. Toledo - WNIT
Michigan State's starting lineup of sophomore guard Shay Colley, sophomore guard Taryn McCutcheon, senior guard Branndais Agee, senior forward Taya Reimer and junior forward Jenna Allen was the fourth-straight game and seventh time overall this season with such starting five ... MSU is now 5-2 with that starting quintet.
MSU rallied from a halftime deficit for a victory for the first time this season.
The Spartans led 57-55 with five minutes left Monday night, improving to 17-3 this season and have won 174 of their last 183 games when leading with five minutes left, including 125 of their last 135 ... Under head coach Suzy Merchant, MSU is 209-15 when holding a lead with five minutes remaining.
The Spartans had a season-low five turnovers Monday, marking their second single-digit turnover outing this season.
Agee made her 84th career start and played in her 135th career game, moving up to a four-way tie for third on MSU's career games played list, tying Cetera Washington (2007-11), Lauren Aitch (2005-10) and Rene Haynes (2003-07) ... With one more game played, Agee will tie the MSU record for most games played, as Allyssa DeHaan (2006-10) and current graduate assistant coach Kalisha Keane (2007-11) hold the record with 136 games played.
With nine points Monday, Agee now has 1,248 points, moving up to No. 13 on MSU's career scoring list, passing Lykendra Johnson (2008-12) with 1,242 points ... Agee now has 711 career rebounds, holding steady at No. 11 on the MSU career rebounding list.
McCutcheon made her team-leading 31st start of the season and played in the 64th game of her career ... Colley started for the 21st time this season and of her career ... Reimer made her 12th start this season and 45th of her career.
McCutcheon drained multiple triples for the 11th-straight game and 19th overall time this season with her three 3-pointers Monday ... McCutcheon now has 68 3-pointers, moving up to tie for No. 6 on MSU's single-season 3-point field goals list, matching former teammate Tori Jankoska (2014-15) and Lindsay Bowen (2005-06) ... McCutcheon now has 115 career 3-pointers, moving up to No. 12 on the Spartans' career 3-pointers list.
McCutcheon dished out a game-high tying six assists for her seventh-straight game with five or more helpers and 20th time this season ... McCutcheon now 173 assists this season for a new single-season career high, topping her 169 helpers last season ... the 173 assists moves her up to No. 4 on MSU's single-season assists list, passing her 169 assists from a year ago ... McCutcheon now has 342 career assists, moving up to No. 12 on the Spartans' career assists list.
Sophomore guard Shay Colley's game-winning bucket was her 14th point of the game, for her 14th double-figure scoring outing this season ... Colley also dished out four assists and snared three rebounds.
Freshman forward Sidney Cooks posted double-figures for the 15th game this season with her team-high 15 points Monday ... Cooks led the Spartans in scoring for the team-leading eighth time this season, and MSU is now 6-2 when Cooks is the leading scorer.
Cooks tied her career high by netting three 3-pointers and was her first multi-trey game since tying her career-high with three at Michigan on Jan. 23 and was her ninth game this season making multiple triples ... It was the fourth time this season that Cooks has made three treys.
Senior forward Taya Reimer netted 10 points for her 11th double-figure scoring outing this season and 25th of her career ... Reimer also one block Monday, giving her 67 for her career, holding steady at No. 10 on the MSU career blocked shots list.