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Career Highs From Cook and Allen Lead MSU Past Detroit Mercy

Nov. 21, 2017

Box Score

DETROIT - Michigan State women’s basketball improved to 4-0 with a 97-60 win over Detroit Mercy in its road opener on Tuesday night. The Spartans used career highs from junior forward Jenna Allen and sophomore forward Mardrekia Cook to earn the victory.

MSU 97, UDM 60

Cook scored 17 points in the win, topping her previous career high of nine points against Southern last season. Allen added 16 points which was two points more than her prior career-best of 14 points against Nebraska last season. Redshirt-senior guard Branndais Agee inched closer to the 1,000-point mark with 17 points. She is now just nine points away from becoming the 26th-player in school history to reach 1,000 career points. The Detroit native played in front of a loud Spartan crowd.

Detroit Mercy got off to a fast start, leading Michigan State 11-6 early on in the first quarter. MSU used a 15-0 run to take a 20-11 lead. The offense was sparked by five first-quarter points from redshirt-sophomore forward Victoria Gaines. After a steal and layup by Agee, MSU took its biggest lead of the quarter at 22-11.

In the second quarter, five-straight points from Agee helped stretch the Spartan lead to 36-17 with 4:55 left in the half. Agee led all scorers with 11 points after 20 minutes with Gaines adding eight. Gaines was also solid on the boards in the first half with seven first-half rebounds.

The Spartans used the long ball early in the third quarter with a pair of treys from sophomore guard Taryn McCutcheon and one from redshirt-sophomore guard Shay Colley to take a 54-29 lead. Michigan State started the second half with a 19-4 run.

Cook and fellow sophomore forward Nia Hollie both scored six points in the final period, as the Spartans maintained a 30-point advantage the whole quarter and cruised to victory.

Michigan State 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. Detroit Mercy

  • Michigan State improves to 21-7 overall against Detroit Mercy, including 6-5 in Detroit. The Spartans have now won 15-straight in the series.
  • Redshirt-senior Branndais Agee creeps closer to the 1,000-mark, scoring 17 against Detroit Mercy. She is now just nine points away from becoming the 26th Spartan to reach the 1,000-point mark.
  • MSU had five players score in double figures with Agee and Mardrekia Cook leading the way with 17 points apiece. Jenna Allen added a career-high 16 points, while Kennedy Johnson (11) and Nia Hollie (10) both reached double figures. 
  • Johnson has scored in double figures in the last two games.
  • MSU used the starting lineup of McCutcheon, Colley, Agee, Cooks and Allen for the second-straight game.



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