Women's Basketball Cruises Past Albany, 67-35
Nov. 21, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's basketball team provided the Spartan fans with a pre-Thanksgiving treat, beating Albany 67-35 on Wednesday night at Breslin Center. The Spartans, who improve to 4-0 on the season, were led by 19 points from junior Klarissa Bell, one of four MSU players in double figures.
Bell was 7-for-10 from the field en route to her game-high 19 points. She also added six rebounds, five assists and a tied a career high with three steals. Sophomore Jasmine Hines was strong again off the bench, totaling 14 points in a career-high 24 minutes. Senior Jasmine Thomas and junior Annalise Pickrel each chipped in 11 points on the night. Thomas also added a game-high seven assists with only one turnover, while Pickrel hit three 3-pointers, tied her career high with seven rebounds and dished out three assists.
The Spartans jumped all over the Great Danes (2-2) in the first half, shooting 62.1% in the half, including 6-of-10 from behind the arc, to open a 46-26 halftime advantage. Albany scored the first two points, but MSU ran off 14 of the next 16 to lead 14-4 with 13:32 on the clock. A 3-pointer from Albany was followed by a 17-2 run by the Spartans over the next four minutes to pretty much put the game away.
The second half was an impressive defensive effort by the Spartans, as MSU held the Great Danes to nine points on 3-for-25 shooting. Over the final 15:43 of the game, Albany had just three points.
Entering the game, Albany was +8.7 on the glass through its first three games, but tonight, MSU held a 45-32 edge in rebounding.
Michigan State returns to Breslin Center on Sunday for a 4 p.m. tip against Robert Morris.
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