Cooks and Johnson Guide MSU Past Charleston
Six Spartans score in double figures in 107-43 win.
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Behind 18-point performances from senior forward Kennedy Johnson and freshman forward Sidney Cooks, the Michigan State women’s basketball team improved to 3-0 with a 107-43 win over College of Charleston Sunday.
MSU 107, CofC 43
This is the first time in school history that the Spartans have scored at least 95 points in the first three games of the season, including scoring 100 points.
Redshirt-sophomore forward Victoria Gaines earned her second career double-double and first of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds in the win.
McCutcheon had the hot hand for the Spartans early on with six points and five assists in the first quarter. Six Spartans scored in the first 10 minutes as MSU took the early 23-11 lead.
In the second quarter, Michigan State was able to player several players with 11 different players seeing action in the first 20 minutes. Redshirt-sophomore forward Victoria Gaines was solid in the second quarter with five points.
The Spartans used an 11-3 run to start the third quarter to jump out to a 57-30 lead. The Michigan State defense was stingy in the third quarter, holding the Cougars to only five third-quarter points.
For the game, the Spartans shot 47.4 percent from the field, including 69. 4 percent from the free throw line. MSU had 21 assists on 37 made baskets.
Michigan State will now hit the road for the first time this season, taking on in-state foe Detroit on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. The Spartans will remain on the road during the Thanksgiving holiday to take part in the PK80 Invitational. MSU will face No. 1 UConn on Saturday, Nov. 25 in Eugene, Oregon at 3 p.m. ET.
MSU Notes vs. College of Charleston
- College of Charleston head coach Candice Jackson was a member of the Spartan women’s basketball team, as well as a graduate assistant when MSU reached the Final Four in 2005.
- At halftime, the Spartans honored the 1997 Big Ten Championship team.
- MSU had six players score in double figures on the afternoon, with Sidney Cooks and Kennedy Johnson leading the way with 18 each. Johnson topped her previous career high of 12 against Penn State last season. This was Cooks’ second double-digit performance of the season, scoring 17 in her Spartan debut on Nov. 11.
- Sophomore guard Taryn McCutcheon and redshirt-sophomore forward Victoria Gaines both recorded a double-double against Charleston. McCutcheon registered 11 points and 10 assists, while Gaines collected 13 points and 11 rebounds.
- McCutcheon’s 11 assists is a season-high for the sophomore, just three assists shy of a career-high.
- The Spartans executed in the paint, out-scoring the Cougars 52-12 in points in the paint. MSU alaso added 24 fast-break points.
- McCutcheon continued her starting streak, marking the 36th game of her career with a start.