Nov. 1, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Senior Jasmine Thomas helped lead the Michigan State women's basketball team in its 74-35 victory against Saginaw Valley State on Thursday in the exhibition opener at Breslin Center. Thomas scored 16 points, and added seven rebounds, six assists and four steals for the Green and White.
Sophomores Jasmine Hines (14 points, nine rebounds) and Becca Mills (13 points, eight rebounds) also scored in double-figures on the night, while senior Courtney Schiffauer, and juniors Klarissa Bell and Annalise Pickrel chipped in nine points apiece. Schiffauer led MSU on the glass with 12 rebounds, including seven on the offensive end.
The Spartans were tough on the defense end, holding SVSU to 22.2% shooting, including 15.8% (3-for-19) from behind the arc. MSU also forced 20 turnovers and held a 52-41 edge on the boards.
After a slow start, which saw Michigan State lead 18-13 with 8:14 to go in the first, the Spartans put together a 26-3 run over the next 15 minutes spanning both halves to put the game away.
Leading the Cardinals was Briana Graham who had 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Michigan State will face Grand Valley State in its final exhibition game on Sunday at 2 p.m. The Spartans will begin their regular season schedule hosting UT Arlington at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11.