Nov. 11, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The 2013-14 Michigan State women's basketball season started off on a down note, as the No. 19/18 Spartans fell 81-62 tonight at No. 6/7 Notre Dame. Four Spartans scored in double-figures, led by 15 points from junior Becca Mills, but the Irish (2-0) controlled the glass and pulled away late.
The Spartans led early, holding a 14-11 lead in the first six minutes, but the Irish followed with a 12-2 run over the next four minutes to take control. Notre Dame would push the lead to double-digits at the half, leading 36-24.
Notre Dame jumped out early in the second half, growing its lead to as many as 21 (52-31) in the first five and a half minutes. The Spartans did not give in, getting within 11 on a couple occasions, but that was as close as they could get.
Mills led the offensive effort with 15 points, on 7-for-13 shooting, and nine rebounds in a career-high 39 minutes. Senior Annalise Pickrel posted her first career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. Pickrel also had a game-high five assists, which was a career high.
Freshman Tori Jankoska chipped in 14 points off the bench, tying for the eighth-most points in a Spartan debut. Senior Klarissa Bell added 12 points. Redshirt freshman Aerial Powers had four assists, which were the fourth-most in a debut.
The Spartans out-shot the Irish, 43.5%-42.5%, including a 53.3% clip in the second half, but allowed 25 second chance points on a 52-29 rebound differential.
Michigan State returns home to host Canisius on Thursday at 7 p.m.