Nov. 14, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The freshmen trio of Aerial Powers, Tori Jankoska and Branndais Agee anchored a running game and full-court press Thursday night that powered No. 19 Michigan State to a 102-54 win over Canisius in the first-ever contest between the teams.
Powers led the Spartans (1-1) with 19 points and Agee added 14 points and eight rebounds. Jankoska turned in an all-around performance with 17 points, five rebounds and three assists. Klarissa Bell had nine rebounds.
Michigan State took an early lead and never trailed, deploying a fast-paced offense that went rim to rim and out-rebounding Canisius 45-21. The Spartans' full-court press defense shut down the Golden Griffins offense and held scoring threat Jamie Ruttle to a single point.
- The Spartans are now 34-8 all-time in home openers, having won 14 of their last 15. Under Coach Merchant, MSU is 6-1 in Breslin Center openers.
- Michigan State scored 100 points for the 12th time in program history and for the first time since Nov. 12, 2011 against North Carolina A&T (113). The total ties for the eighth-most points in program history.
- MSU scored 61 first-half points, setting a record for the most scored in any half in Breslin Center history. It was the most points in a half by MSU since also scoring 61 in the second half vs. North Carolina A&T on Nov. 12, 2011.
- The Spartans made 12 3-pointers, going 12-for-23 (52.2%), tying for the third-most 3-pointers in a single-game in program history.
- MSU shot 63.8% from the field, the highest field goal percentage, since shooting 64.9% vs. Florida Gulf Coast on Dec. 13, 2009.
- Michigan State has won 40-straight games when scoring at least 70 points. All-time under Coach Merchant, the Spartans are 57-4 when score at least 70 points.
- In the month of November, MSU is now 23-1 at home under Coach Merchant. All-time, MSU is 94-35 in the month, including a 33-8 mark under Coach Merchant.
- Following Monday's season opening loss at No. 6 Notre Dame, Michigan State is now 47-14 following a loss under Coach Merchant.
- The Spartans had five players reach double-figure points for the first time since Dec. 1 of last season vs. Milwaukee.
- Tori Jankoska has scored in double-figures in each of her first two games as a Spartan, posting 17 points on 6-for-9 shooting (3-for-5 from 3-point), while adding five rebounds, three assists, four steals and two blocks in just 26 minutes.
- Branndais Agee had her best career game as a Spartan, posting 14 points and eight rebounds in 22 minutes, all career highs.
- Aerial Powers made her first impression as a Spartan tonight, scoring a game-high 19 points in 23 minutes, going 7-for-11 from the field and 4-for-4 from the line. She also grabbed seven rebounds.
- Annalise Pickrel tied her career high in assists with five, which was set on Monday in the season opener. Pickrel was also perfect from the field, going 5-for-5 and hitting all three 3-pointers.
- Klarissa Bell led MSU with nine rebounds and five assists (to no turnovers), while adding eight points and two steals.
- With three assists, Kiana Johnson moved into 20th place on the Spartans' career assist list with 240.
- Anna Morrissey entered the game with eight career points in 21 career minutes in her two seasons at MSU, but played nine minutes tonight and totaled seven points, going 3-for-3.
- Former Spartan letterwinner and graduate assistant Cetera Washington returned to MSU for the first time as an assistant coach at Canisius.