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Colley's Career High Not Enough as MSU Falls to South Dakota in Overtime

March 22, 2018

Box Score

VERMILLION, S.D. - Shay Colley scored a career-high 31 points, but the Michigan State women’s basketball team dropped an overtime heartbreaker to South Dakota, 85-83, in the third round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) at the Sanford Coyote Sport Center on Thursday.

PDF Box Score vs. USD

Michigan State ends its season with a 19-14 record, while the Coyotes improve to 29-6 this season. USD will take on TCU in the WNIT quarterfinals.

The Spartans were led by 31 points from Colley, which was the first 30-point game by Michigan State this season. Colley also had nine rebounds and seven assists. Sophomore guard Taryn McCutcheon added 16 points, while junior center Jenna Allen scored 11. For the second-straight game, MSU was out-rebounded, 32-31.

South Dakota was led by 25 points from Ciara Duffy, while Chloe Lamb added 18 off the bench.

The first quarter belonged to the Spartans who jumped out to a 16-5 lead midway through the period. Michigan State scored 14 points off of turnovers in the first period. Colley scored 11 points in the first 10 minutes, as MSU jumped out to a 31-18 lead.

The 31 points in the first quarter tied a season high when MSU scored 31 against Mississippi Valley State on Dec. 22 in New Orleans.

After USD cut the lead to seven points, but back-to-back 3-pointers by McCutcheon put MSU back up 42-29 in the second period. South Dakota used a 6-0 run to trim the Spartan advantage to 44-37 with under a minute left in the half. The Coyotes continued to be hot from beyond the arc going 7-for-13 in the half. USD went on to out-score MSU 25-15 in the second quarter.

The third quarter was more of a defensive battle with a total of only 30 points scored. South Dakota took its first lead of the game after a layup by Jaycee Bradley to go up 53-52 with 4:46 left in the third quarter. An old-fashioned three by Colley put MSU up 57-56 after the Yotes took the brief advantage. MSU ended the third quarter up 61-58.

Michigan State led much of the fourth period, taking as big of an advantage of seven points, 65-58, with 8:26 left. The Spartan could not shake the Coyotes, as a Duffy trey with 2:16 remaining cut the lead to 74-72. A Colley layup with 1:25 remaining in regulation put MSU up 76-72. South Dakota scored four-straight to tie the scored with 22 second left, sending the game to overtime.

South Dakota led for most of overtime. Michigan State tied the score for the fourth time, 81-81, after a pair of Colley free throws. With 23 seconds left Lamb drained a 3-pointer, as South Dakota held on to win the game.

The Spartans say goodbye to five seniors in Branndais Agee, Kiara Carter, Lexi Gussert, Kennedy Johnson and Taya Reimer.

Postgame Notes vs. South Dakota - 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 5-3 with that starting quintet.
•  MSU is now 13-5 in the WNIT.
• The 31 points scored in the first quarter tied a season-high, as MSU also scored 31 against Mississippi Valley State on Dec. 22 in New Orleans. The most points that the Spartans had scored in a first quarter was 37 against Minnesota on Feb. 21, 2016.
• With 31 points, redshirt-sophomore Shay Colley had her fourth 20-plus point game.
• Agee made her 85th career start and played in her 136th career game, moving up to a three-way tie for first with Allyssa DeHaan (2006-10) and current graduate assistant Kalisha Keane (2007-11).
• With two points Thursday, Agee now has 1,250 points, good for No. 13 on MSU’s career scoring list. Agee now has 715 career rebounds, holding steady at No. 11 on the MSU career rebounding list.
• McCutcheon made her team-leading 32nd start of the season and played in the 65th game of her career ... Colley started for the 22nd time this season and of her career ... Reimer made her 13th start this season and 46th of her career.
• McCutcheon drained multiple triples for the 12th-straight game and 20th overall time this season with her four 3-pointers Thursday ... McCutcheon now has 72 3-pointers, moving up to No. 5 on MSU’s single-season 3-point field goals list, passing current graduate assistant Kalisha Keane who had 71 during the 2010-11 season ... McCutcheon now has 119 career 3-pointers, staying at No. 12 on the Spartans’ career 3-pointers list.



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