Balanced Attack Leads MSU Past LSSU, 111-37
Five Spartans score in double figures as Michigan State captures win in only exhibition.
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EAST LANSING, Mich. - In its only exhibition of the season, the Michigan State women's basketball team showed off balanced scoring en route to a 111-37 win over Lake Superior State Sunday at the Breslin Center.
Redshirt senior guard Branndais Agee led all scorers with 17 points, adding five boards and four steals in an efficient 16 minutes. A pair of Spartans made impressive debuts with freshman forward Sidney Cooks scoring 10 points with five rebounds, while and redshirt-sophomore guard Shay Colley added 10 points and four steals.
Junior forward Jenna Allen also reached double figures with 11 points and three boards , while sophomore forward Mardrekia Cook scored 10 points.
All 12 Spartans that played scored at least four points with MSU scoring 55 bench points.
"We came into the season feeling really good about the depth of our team. We had a scrimmage as well at Toledo and really just tried to get everybody as much reps as I could. It's not often that you have a bench where you feel like you could go to where you don't lose anything. It's been a while. I've had a lot of really good teams here, but I feel like this group is really committed to that, and I think we're pretty deep," MSU head coach Suzy Merchant said.
Michigan State scored the first 19 points of the game before the Lakers got on the board to make the score 19-2 early in the first quarter. The Spartans stayed aggressive in the first quarter. Michigan State went on a 17-0 run at the end of the first period to take a 36-2 lead.
In the second quarter, Michigan State continued to strike offensively. MSU converted 14 points off of nine Laker turnovers. The Spartans entered the locker room with a 62-16 advantage.
The Spartans held the Lakers under 10 points in two quarters, allowing two points in the first quarter and seven in the fourth. In the final 10 minutes, Michigan State dominated LSSU, 20-7. Agee continued her strong showing with five points in the final period. MSU continued to apply the pressure, forcing six turnovers. For the game, the Spartans forced 34 turnovers, while committing only eight.
MSU shot 57.3 percent from the floor (43-of-75), hit 44.4 percent of its 3-pointers (8-of-18) and 70.8 percent of its free throws (17-of-24). The Spartans held a 43-30 advantage on the glass and handed out 23 assists.
Michigan State opens up the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 11 against Robert Morris at 4 p.m. The game will be streamed on BTN+.