Nov. 20, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Branndais Agee scored a game-high 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as No. 21 Michigan State defeated Detroit 80-41 on Tuesday night.
Klarissa Bell added 16 points and Tori Jankoska 12 for the Spartans (3-1), and marked the 14th-straight victory over Detroit (1-4). The Titans have not defeated Michigan State since 1994 when current coach Autumn Rademacher scored 20 as a Titan sophomore.
Elisha Crosby was top scorer for Detroit with 13 points and Senee Shearer added nine.
The Titans never led but had tied twice in the early going until Agee and Bell each hit 3-pointers as the Spartans broke away to lead by 20 at halftime. Agee also had three of Michigan State's eight blocked shots, and scored well above her season average of six points per game. The Spartans out-rebounded Detroit 49-31.
- Tori Jankoska became the first Spartan freshman to begin her career with four-straight double-figure scoring games.
- It is the just the fourth time in program history that the Spartans have scored at least 80 points in three-straight games. The previous three times happened in during the 1996-97, 1999-00 and 2001-02 seasons.
- The Spartans won their 42nd straight game when scoring at least 70 points. Under Coach Merchant, MSU is 59-4 when reaching that number.
- MSU is 162-5 all-time when holding its opponent under 50 points.
- Michigan State won its 14th-straight game over Detroit and improve to 19-7 all-time against the Titans. MSU is 14-1 all-time against Detroit in East Lansing.
- Against schools in the state of Michigan, MSU has now won 39 of the last 41 games, dating back to the 2002-03 season. Coach Merchant is 24-2 against Michigan schools.
- The Spartans are now 25-1 at home in November under Coach Merchant.
- Branndais Agee is the first Spartan freshman to post a double-double since Lykendra Johnson at Indiana on Feb. 12, 2009.
- Agee led MSU with 17 points and 11 rebounds, both career highs, in a career-high 23 minutes. She was 7-for-11 from the field and 2-for-3 from the 3-point line. Agee also added three blocks, her first three in her career.
- Klarissa Bell scored a season-high 16 points, being nearly perfect from the field (6-for-7) and the 3-point line (4-for-5), in just 20 minutes.
- With her career-high four 3-pointers, Bell moved into a tie for 19th place all-time in MSU history with 50 in career.
- With her season-high six assists, Kiana Johnson moved into 19th place on the MSU career assist list with 249.
- With her career-high tying three blocks, Annalise Pickrel is now 17th in Spartan history with 48 career blocks.
- Cara Miller played season-high minutes for the second-straight game (19). She had a career-best four assists with no turnovers.
- Aerial Powers tied her season high with seven rebounds. She has totaled eight steals over the last two games, including three in the first 1:10 of the second half tonight.
- Taylor Hengesbach made her Spartan debut today, scoring two points and grabbing an offensive rebound in two minutes.