Nov. 3, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Another balanced offensive attack led the Michigan State women's basketball team to a 91-47 victory over Grand Valley State on Sunday afternoon in its exhibition finale. Six Spartans scored in double figures, led by 18 points from junior Becca Mills.
Mills, who was 9-for-11 from the field in 24 minutes, was joined in double digits by redshirt freshman Aerial Powers, who totaled 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists in only 23 minutes. Freshman Tori Jankoska added 13 points, and senior Annalise Pickrel had 12 points, a game-high eight rebounds and four assists. Also in double figures was senior Klarissa Bell, who had 11 points, four assists and four steals, and junior Kiana Johnson, who went for 10 points and tied Powers for the team lead with five assists.
The game was tight early with six lead changes in the first six and a half minutes, but MSU gained the lead and eventually turned up the offense in the final 7:26 of the opening half and in the second 20 minutes. Leading by a score of 21-18, the Spartans closed the half on a 22-8 run and opened the second with the first 14 points to put the game away.
Michigan State shot 53.7% from the field, including a 65.5% (19-for-29) mark in the second half. The Spartans had 25 assists to only seven turnovers on the day.
The Spartans defense held GVSU to 30.9% from the field, capped by a 24.1% second half percentage. The Lakers were also only 4-for-18 (22.2%) from behind the arc and committed 17 turnovers, which led to a 21-0 Spartan edge in points off turnovers.
Michigan State opens up its regular season on Monday, Nov. 11 at No. 6/7 Notre Dame at 7 p.m.